Fundraising Events

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Annual Gala

The Annual Gala serves as the Museum’s cornerstone fundraising event. Guests are welcomed to a cocktail reception and unparalleled silent auction, featuring the world’s most beautiful natural wonders, such as rare fossils and fine gem and mineral formations. Following cocktail hour, guests partake in a three-course seated dinner, with tables scattered throughout the Museum’s stunning exhibit halls. Then, everyone hits the dance floor! Funds raised are critical to the Museum’s operations and to promoting science education to almost 2 million visitors and 500,000 students each year.

2024 Chairs: Michelle and Alan Smith

Critter Crawl: Under the Sea

Critter Crawl is the Museum’s premier family fundraising celebration. During this special Saturday morning, the whole Museum is reserved so attendees can explore every inch of HMNS. This year’s event—“Under the Sea”— will feature curated aquatic activities in addition to a few Critter Crawl crowd favorites. Think oyster shucking for a shiny pearl, make your own shark hat, and even win a chance to take home your very own goldfish! Be transformed into an underwater world by exploring Sharks! The Meg, The Monsters & The Myths special exhibition and the newly renovated lower level of HMNS by diving into a mystical treasure hunt.
2025 Chairs: Laura McIngvale-Brown and Phillip Brown & Elizabeth McIngvale-Mackey and Matthew Mackey

Excellence in Science Luncheon

The Excellence in Science Luncheon honors educators and students who are passionately pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education. Two students and teachers from the greater Houston area are recognized at the event with the Wilhelmina C. Robertson Teaching Excellence Award and the Evelyn Frensley Scholarship Award, made possible by The Cockrell Foundation. In addition to celebrating math and science achievements, guests will enjoy a dynamic presentation from a spectacular keynote speaker. Funds raised support the Museum’s innovative youth educational programming such as school tours, outreach programs, teacher workshops, and educator open houses. 
2024 Chairs: The Ann and Johnny Johnson Family
Fundraising Event Information
Jennifer Kaldis
Director of Fundraising Events 
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