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The 2018 Gala is May 5, 2018


The 18th annual Mission Creek Gala - An Exclusive Entomological
Experience - was held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

Initiated in 2000, the annual Mission Creek Gala is a festive evening to celebrate the work of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and generate support for its scientific and educational mission of inspiring a passion for the natural world.

The Mission Creek Gala sustains the Museum's outstanding education program which touches the lives of 20,000 school children each year through school tours, classes, storytelling, camps, the Nature Collection lending library, and outreach at the Mission Canyon campus and Sea Center.

The bugclub cocktail hour began outdoors near the Palmer Observatory where guests enjoyed bites by duo catering and also took the opportunity to hold various insects and sample an edible cricket, mealworm, and other edible insects. The program and an elegant dinner followed in Fleischmann Auditorium where guests were enthralled by the aerialists who performed hanging from the Auditorium rafters. Honorary Trustee and long-time Museum emcee Palmer G. Jackson, Jr. then welcomed the crowd and provided some insect humor. Museum President & CEO Luke Swetland executed a successful appeal for additional dollars bringing the total raised at the event to $420,000. The Beauty and the Beast raffle consisted of a beautiful diamond and sterling silver bangle donated by Truong & Co. Jewelers as well as the opportunity to name a newly discovered species of beetle which was facilitated by Museum entomologist Matthew Gimmel, Ph.D.




2017 Gala Committee

Stacey Byers, Chair * Carolyn Chandler * Hanna Dreier * Sheri Eckmann * Venesa Faciane * Elisabeth Fowler
Caroline Grange * Tamara Jensen * Emily Jones * Bobbie Kinnear * Patty MacFarlane * Meridith Moore * Nanette Nevins * Susan Parker * Kimi Rice * Pam Valeski

President & CEO Luke J. Swetland

Thank you to our business sponsors and partners for
contributing toward making the 2017 a success!

Union Bank

Montecito Bank & Trust

Village Properties

Schacht Aslani Architects

Bryant & Sons

Price Postel & Parma

Van Atta Associates

Au Bon Climat


duo catering

Joy Full Events

Melville Wines


SMI Concepts

Town & Country

Truong & Co. Jewelers


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