SCI’s Big Blast Gala

SCI's Big Blast – Annual Fundraising Gala

Have a blast and support science education by attending the Science Center of Iowa's annual fundraising gala! Proceeds from this event help to advance STEM learning and innovation in Iowa.

Friday, August 27, 2021  |  6:30-10:00 pm

This year's Big Blast will be significant, as it will be the first time we are able to safely come together as supporters of science to celebrate all the ways we have adapted to fulfill the mission during the pandemic while also looking ahead toward the future of the Science Center of Iowa.

The in-person event will feature:

  • Cuisine and cocktails
  • Music and entertainment
  • Silent auction
  • Science learning and exploration

Event Tickets

Individual Ticket: $125
Includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, welcome "bubbles," entertainment and access to the silent auction. ($100 tax-deductible)

VIP Ticket: $175
Includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, welcome "bubbles," entertainment and access to the silent auction PLUS hosted wine and beer throughout the evening. ($100 tax-deductible)

Purchase Tickets

Sponsorship Opportunities

Show your support for lifelong science learning by becoming a sponsor of SCI's Big Blast! Sponsorship benefits include event tickets as well as logo or name recognition in event materials.

  • Presenting Sponsor ($10,000)
  • Elemental Sponsor ($5,000)
  • Supporting Sponsor ($2,000)
  • Sustaining Sponsor ($1,000)

To become an event sponsor, please fill out this form and send it to development@sciowa.org

Contact SCI's Development Team at development@sciowa.org or 515-274-6868 ext. 257.

Event Details

Silent Auction
The silent auction will feature various exciting packages. Check back for updates!

Cuisine & Cocktails

Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres and specialty cocktails.

Music & Entertainment
Live entertainment will be provided, and SCI's exhibits will be open for exploration.



Presenting Sponsors

  • Kemin Industries
    Kemin Industries
  • Nationwide
  • Riley Resource Group - Feed Energy Company
    Riley Resource Group - Feed Energy Company

Innovator Sponsor

  • CB Solar Inc.
    CB Solar Inc.

Elemental Sponsors

  • Bridgestone Firestone
    Bridgestone Firestone
  • Corteva
  • GreenState Credit Union
    GreenState Credit Union
  • MidAmerican Energy Company
    MidAmerican Energy Company

Supporting Sponsors

  • Belin McCormick, P.C.
    Belin McCormick, P.C.
  • Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa
    Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa
  • Fred & Charlotte Hubbell Family Charitable Fund
    Fred & Charlotte Hubbell Family Charitable Fund
  • Graham Construction Company
    Graham Construction Company
  • Mell & Michael Frazier
    Mell & Michael Frazier

Sustaining Sponsors

  • Barb and Bill Keck
    Barb and Bill Keck
  • Casey's
  • Community State Bank
    Community State Bank
  • Concepts Cares Foundation
    Concepts Cares Foundation
  • Dan & Barb Hoy
    Dan & Barb Hoy
  • Des Moines University
    Des Moines University
  • Drake University
    Drake University
  • Holmes Murphy & Associates
    Holmes Murphy & Associates
  • Iowa State Bank
    Iowa State Bank
  • Iowa State University
    Iowa State University
  • Keck Parking
    Keck Parking
  • Laura Higgins & David Walters
    Laura Higgins & David Walters
  • Margo & Don Blumenthal
    Margo & Don Blumenthal
  • Meredith Corporation
    Meredith Corporation
  • Raccoon Valley Bank
    Raccoon Valley Bank
  • ServiceMaster by Rice
    ServiceMaster by Rice
  • Sheldon & Beth Ohringer
    Sheldon & Beth Ohringer
  • Sid Ramsey
    Sid Ramsey
  • Sukup Manufacturing
    Sukup Manufacturing

Event Partners

  • Business Record
    Business Record
  • Christiani's VIP Catering & Events
    Christiani's VIP Catering & Events
  • Crème Cupcake + Dessert
    Crème Cupcake + Dessert
  • Great Caterers of Iowa
    Great Caterers of Iowa