Saturday, August 20, 2022
7-11 p.m.

Join us for an evening celebrating our first generation of STEM impact.

Event Schedule

7 p.m.:
Event Begins
7–11 p.m.: Explore Great Lakes Science Center. All levels will be activated.
Hands-On STEM Demonstrations
Food stations and bars on each level
Giving station where guests can choose how their support impacts local youth
Photo opportunity stations set up throughout the building
8:45 p.m.: Presentation of Ion Awards on Promenade Level
11 p.m.: Event Concludes

Complimentary Valet Provided Cocktail Attire or Creative Black Tie Requested


Ticket sales for the 25th Anniversary Celebration are now closed. For questions or information on the event, please contact or 216-696-5544.




*Funds raised at the 25th Anniversary Celebration go directly to educational experiences that bring science, technology, engineering, and math to life for students and families across Northeast Ohio.

Event FAQ

Dress will range from cocktail to black tie. We request men’s attire include at least a jacket and tie up to suits to tuxes. Ladies suggested attire ranges from cocktail dresses or pantsuits to gowns.

Parking: All guests receive complimentary valet parking with their ticket or sponsorship. Simply pull up to the front circle of the Science Center (601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114) for valet service and walk the red carpet into the event.

Tickets: You do not need a physical ticket for entry. RSVP before the event and provide your name at check-in to attend.

Program Details: The program will begin at 8:45 P.M. and is expected to last 40 minutes. We ask for everyone’s attention during the program as we honor our four 2022 Ion Award Honorees: Dr. Jeanette Grasselli Brown, Ms. Margot J. Copeland, Mr. Richard W. Pogue, Esq., and Mr. William R. Seelbach. Due to the event’s overwhelming success, the program will be streamed on monitors within the building to accommodate guests throughout the museum.

Food: Food will be both passed hors d’oeuvres beginning at 7:00 P.M. at stations throughout three floors of the Science Center, featuring nostalgic foods with an elevated flair. Food stations will have labels for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free options for guests. Dessert stations and coffee service will begin at 8:30 P.M. Please note- Food stations and bars will be closed during the formal event program and reopened after the presentation.

Entertainment: This is a 25th Anniversary Celebration, and we are encouraging guests to explore and interact with entertainment options on all floors. Activities included are NASA Glenn Research Center interactive demonstrations, five hands-on Science Center STEM Carts, access to the Science of Rock n’ Roll Temporary Exhibit, photo stations throughout the building, and the world premiere of Spacewalk: A VR Experience with Astronaut Terry Virts and Former NASA Mission Control Specialist Matthew Gast.

Fundraising at the Event: We will have a special Giving Station located on the first floor where attendees can make 100% tax-deductible donations to support the mission of Great Lakes Science Center. Once guests donate, we will take their photo, which will be added to a unique mosaic mural we will showcase throughout the event.


Thank you to our generous 25th Anniversary Celebration sponsors! For more information on how you can become a corporate sponsor, click here, or contact or 216-696-5544.

Presenting - $50,000

Silver - $25,000

Curiosity - $15,000

STEM - $10,000

Innovator - $5,000

Sponsors confirmed as of August 12, 2022.