July 15, 2019
 
Discovery Museum Gala Raises $150K, Most Ever at One Event

November 20, 2018 — The Discovery Museum, an Acton nonprofit that serves as the children’s and science museum of Boston's MetroWest region, last week announced it raised $150,000 at the first fundraiser held at its new building, more than twice the amount the museum has ever raised at a single event in its 36-year history.

The Discovery Gala, which had not been held for several years while the Discovery Museum conducted a capital campaign which supported the doubling of the size of the original museum, surpassed its goal by 15%.

Funds will support access programs and other initiatives aimed at making children feel welcomed and included.

Museum CEO Neil Gordon said, "Our success was due to the extraordinary generosity of our sponsors and guests, and we are proud now to be able to pass that kindness on to the schools and families in our community to ensure a welcoming Discovery Museum experience for all."

The gala, which drew 249 guests, raised 25% of the contributed revenue budget for 2018.

Funds were raised via sponsorships, table hosts, tickets, and at-event contributions through auction and fund-a-need events.

Lead sponsors were Boston Scientific, Hologic, Nuance, Sanofi Genzyme, and Shire.

The event was the first fundraiser held at the museum's new building, which reopened last March following the conclusion of a campaign that raised $8.8 million.

Funds raised will support access programs such as Especially for Me—free events for families with children on the autism spectrum, who are deaf or hard of hearing, or are blind or have low vision—as well as delivery of the museum’s in-school hands-on STEM program, Traveling Science Workshops, to schools in underserved communities. More than 45,000 people were served through these access programs in 2017, more than 25% of the total number served.

Since it reopened, the museum said, visitation has increased 58%, and membership sales have doubled. The new building has also earned the museum a 2018 LEAD Community Asset Award from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and a Best of Boston award from Boston Magazine for Best Family-Friendly Museum, West.

Discovery Museum was founded in 1982. MetroWest is loosely bounded by Routes 128 on the east, Route 495 on the west, Route 2 on the north, and Route 109 on the south.

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