19th Annual Mission Creek Gala

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Fleischmann Auditorium

  • 5:30 PM Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres
  • 6:30 PM Dinner
  • Cocktail attire

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.


Inspired by the exhibits in the new Santa Barbara Gallery, the Gala's theme of "Phenomenal Santa Barbara" celebrated the region’s unparalleled, and phenomenal, biodiversity and habitats.

2018 Gala Committee

Stacey Byers, Chair • Ginny Bliss • Carolyn Chandler • Sheri Eckmann • Venesa Faciane • Caroline Grange • Gillian V. Grant • Pippa Hames-Knowlton • Kaliope Kopley • Bobbie Kinnear • Patty MacFarlane • Meridith Moore • Nanette Nevins • Susan Parker • Kimberly Peden • Pam Valeski • President & CEO Luke J. Swetland

Thank you to all of the generous sponsors, donors, underwriters, and ticket buyers. Together we are celebrating connecting people to nature in ways that benefit both!

Special thanks to the businesses listed for their commitment to the Museum and Sea Center.

  • Union Bank
  • Village Properties
  • Montecito Bank & Trust
  • Casa Dumetz Wines
  • duo catering
  • Foundation for Santa Barbara City College
  • Lumen Wines
  • Price Postel & Parma LLP
  • SMI Concepts
  • S.R. Hogue & Co.
  • Town & Country Event Rentals

2018 Gala Video, "One Curious Child at a Time"