Ignite the Night

Join us on March 18th for our 4th Annual Fundraising Gala!

This evening is sure to Ignite your imagination with delicious food, captivating auction items, engaging hands-on experiences, and so much more. This annual event provides vital support for the Museum’s educational programs and mission to provide STEM Education to our county and beyond.


Bellingham Cruise Terminal
355 Harris Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225

5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Doors open at 5:30

Contact Abby at abby@sparkmuseum.org or 360.738.3886

5:30 pm – Cocktail Hour
Enjoy drinks, electrifying hands-on experiences, appetizers, and raffle items

6:15 pm – Dinner & Program
Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, a live auction, SPARK Award, Raise the Paddle, and an exciting announcement!

*Attire: Cocktail/business casual…dress for fun!

Live Auction Preview

Auction Posters by Abby Whatley

A Special Announcement!

SPARK has been hard at work on a new exciting project. This event will be the grand announcement for a major development at the Museum and we can’t wait to share it with you!


Interested in being a Sponsor?

Contact Abby at abby@sparkmuseum.org

Sponsors – Thank you!

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The SPARK Award

The annual Spark Award recognizes outstanding contributions to Science Education. This year, we are pleased to announce Dennis Schatz as the recipient!

Dennis Schatz is best known for being a long-term staff member of Pacific Science Center and was a Program Director at the National Science Foundation. He is currently working with science education leaders across North America to get the public ready for the solar eclipse “double-header” visible in North America, including the total solar eclipse of April 8, 2024 – the last total solar eclipse visible in the continental US until 2045. He is currently the Retiring President of the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA). In addition, he is on the board of BSCS Science Learning and a technical advisor to the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC).  He also serves on the Science and Engineering Education Council of URSA (Universities Space Research Association). He has received numerous honors, including having Asteroid 25232 renamed Asteroid Schatz by the International Astronomical Union in recognition of his leadership in astronomy and science education.

More information is on his website at www.dennisschatz.org