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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 proceeds of the Gala enable the Museum to offer free admission to schools serving low income neighborhoods and families.

Garibaldi Ball 2015 at the Sea Center


16th annual Mission Creek Gala Garibaldi Ball
MARCH 6, 2015

6:00 PM ~ Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres
7:00 PM ~ Dinner
9:00 PM ~ Dancing
Cocktail Attire


Sponsorship Opportunities

Tableau Sponsorship (The Tableaux are uniquely designed tables with a private waiter and prominent placement. Your table includes a champagne toast for you and your guests, Museum memberships for your guests, and an invitation (for two) to the pre-Ball tasting party.)

Benefactor Sponsorship (at $7,500 your table includes a private waiter, champagne toast for you and your guests, Museum memberships for your guests, and an invitation (for two) to the pre-Ball tasting party.)

Table Sponsorship (at $5,000 includes one table for ten guests, a champagne toast, and Museum memberships for your guests.)

Supporter Sponsorship (at $3,500 includes one table for ten guests and Museum memberships for your guests.)

Collector Sponsorship (at $5,000, includes two tickets)

Patron Sponsorship (at $1,000, includes two tickets)

Individual tickets (at $275 each)


Shark "themed” dinner for ten at the Sea Center
(Also could be a cocktail party for 25)

Dinner in the Belly of a Shark!
Museum dinner in the Megalodon exhibit

A 4-night stay at Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson, WY

Monterey Bay Aquarium Adventure

Lyn and David Anderson
Ann Jackson Family Foundation
Dreier Family
Hutton Parker Foundation
Jillian and Peter Muller

Jo Beth Van Gelderen
Penelope Wong and
_Tim Kochis

Patricia and Larry Durham
Elisabeth and Greg Fowler
Lucie C. Greer
Alexander Power
Kyra and Tony Rogers
Janet and Ed Sands
Village Properties


Jennifer and Skip Abed

Sherri and Andrew Ball
Hiroko and Michael Bekins
Kelly and Thomas Bilek
Emily and Blake Jones
John and Bobbie Kinnear
Jennifer and John Markham
Kathy and David Nicolson
Leslie and Dennis Power
Sandy and Paul Russell
Melissa and Timothy Ryan
Jean K. Schuyler
Rachael and David Stein

Carolyn Chandler
Hilary and Edward Doubleday
Renee and Ed Grubb
Patsy and Steve Hicks
Tammy and Kim Hughes
Tracy and Eric Kanowsky
Marnie and Peter Kellogg
Joan Kurze
Sandra Lynne
Nancy and Kevin O'Connor
Ginger Salazar and
_Brett Matthews
Virginia Sloan

Dr. Diana Blaney
Condor Express
Christine and Robert Emmons
Deep Sea by Conway
_Family Wines
duo catering
Monterey Bay Aquarium
NASA’s Jet Propulsion _Laboratory
The Pitch Agency
SMI Concepts, Inc.
S.R. Hogue & Co.
Truong & Co.
Diane and Ralph Waterhouse


Hanna Dreier and Emily Jones,

Amanda Allen
Stacey Byers
Dinah Calderon
Sarah Clement
Hilary Doubleday
Elisabeth Fowler
Caroline Grange
Tammy Hughes
Tamara Jensen
Sharyn Johnson
Tracy Kanowsky
Bobbie Kinnear
Leslie Lundgren
Patty MacFarlane
Jennifer Markham
Juan Minera
Meridith Moore
Kimi Rice
Kyra Rogers
Jeanne Salts
Ann Scarborough
Rachael Stein

Luke Swetland,
President & CEO

Please call 805.682.4711 ext. 110 with any questions.


Garibaldi – The fish with attitude!

The Garibaldi is the California state marine fish.

They are illegal to take or hold without a permit.

Juvenile Garibaldis are deeper orange, with sparkling spots of blue and blue-trimmed fins.

Garibaldis eat sponges and algae; this sponge diet may contribute to their bright coloration.


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