Discovery Ball 2013 Dinner Table and Space Hab
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18th Annual Discovery Ball

Costumed performers at Discovery Ball 2016
Nadine Froger

Costumed performers strung beads on guests as they made their way off of ferries that had carried them from the parking lot.

On May 20, 2016 the California Science Center Foundation held its 18th Annual Discovery Ball with 820 guests celebrating the homecoming of ET-94, the last remaining flight-ready space shuttle External Tank for Endeavour’s awe-inspiring vertical display as the centerpiece of the new Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. The first ever off-site Discovery Ball retraced ET-94’s incredible voyage through the open seas from New Orleans transiting the Panama Canal to its eventual home at the California Science Center. Guests were transported to the heart of the French Quarter with live Jazz music for cocktails; then, a jubilant Second Line led to dinner where the Jungle met Carnival for a delicious Panamanian-style dining experience. At midnight ET-94 was sent off through the streets of L.A. on its remarkable 18-hour journey home.

Gala Co-Chairs Rick Yuse and Trudy Sullivan of Raytheon Company and Craig Cooning and Dan Hart of The Boeing Company, the Discovery Ball Committee and the California Science Center Foundation thank the many generous supporters for making contributions toward the gross revenue topping $1.5 million!

Proceeds from the Discovery Ball help sustain the hands-on exhibits, programs and operations that make the California Science Center a world-class educational resource and family destination.

Stay tuned for the 19th Annual Discovery Ball in May 2017–sure to be another extraordinary evening of celebration, all in the spirit of science learning for everyone! For more information or to be added to the Discovery Ball mailing list, contact the Development Office at (213) 744-7494 or