Gateway Science Museum

Gateway Science Museum's Annual Benefit Gala Returns!

starry night with outline of gateway's building, text reads "Science Rocks"

Please join us for A Night at Gateway

Saturday, October 8, 2022, 6-9 p.m.

Explore Gateway like you never have before!  

Curious Science Demos, a Starlit Garden,
STEM Soundscapes, Fascinating Fossilizations

Reward yourself with tantalizing auction items and experiences, 
while sharing your generosity with Gateway

Enjoy hearty hors d'oeuvres from unique action stations
paired with festive beverages, wine & beer from a no-host bar
Dressy casual attire

Tickets are $95 per person

 625 Esplanade, Chico
Free parking

 Purchase your tickets here!(opens in new window)

 Space is limited so don't hesitate!

This event complements Chico State's Alumni and Family Weekend

Live Auction Items

Maui live auction

Luxury Condo in Sunny West Maui

One week stay at the famous Kaanapali Alii resort in sunny West Maui. Enjoy great swimming pools, tennis courts, beach front cabanas, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. You’re a three minute walk to Whaler’s Village with great shops and restaurants. Two 36-hole championship golf courses are within walking distance.  One of the best snorkeling spots on the island is just a stroll away. The condo sleeps up to eight people with room to spare. It offers a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, laundry room and your own private lanai where you can watch for the world famous gathering of humpback whales.

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Luxury Condo on New Zealand Coast

One week vacation in a fully furnished luxury condo (two bedroom, two bathroom) for a maximum of four people on the water in the New Zealand coastal resort town of Whitianga. It also includes $1000 towards airfare. From the condo you can swim, kayak or relax in a hot tub outside the front door. Just a short walk to the famous Lost Springs thermal area, the quaint small town for shops and restaurants, and the ferry that is 5 minutes from beautiful beaches and hikes in the forest.

Mexico live auction

Beachfront Condo in Huatulco, Mexico

This Sotavento penthouse oceanfront condo has a private rooftop terrace, dramatic ocean views, direct beach access & a gorgeous panoramic saltwater infinity pool. It sleeps six. Close to La Entrega Beach for sun, snorkeling, swimming, and ocean view restaurants. No detail has been left out of this beautifully decorated new 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom fully equipped oceanfront condo. Enjoy morning sunrise yoga, evening drinks, a barbecue or an outdoor shower on the private rooftop terrace while you take in the spectacular ocean view. This relaxing getaway is a unique experience with a pool, gym and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, coastline and Sierra Madre mountains.

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Kirk's Jewelry Necklace

A Round Brilliant cut 1/2 carat diamond on a 18" 14 karat white gold chain necklace.


Winter Migration Birding Tour with Sarah Blackstone

Guided tour to outstanding birding locations along the Pacific Flyway—one of the greatest migration routes in the world. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the great natural wonders of the world!  See thousands of migrating birds and dozens of species—sandhill cranes, snow geese, swans, bald eagles, harriers, curlews, burrowing owls and so much more.  Tour includes transportation, coffee and light breakfast snack, box lunch, use of binoculars and birding scope, bird identification guides, a goodie bag for each participant and the services of an experienced guide and life-long birder.  Gather your group, choose your tour date, and have a truly exceptional experience observing nature in all its beauty and exuberance.


Golden Beaver Distillery Talk, Tour and Tasting

Distiller's Tour and Tasting Golden Beaver Distillery. A guided tour by Kris Koenig, distiller and managing director, and a private tasting for eight. You will learn how Golden Beaver uses the local food shed for sourcing the ingredients for their award-winning spirits, understand how a mash is cooked and fermented and the importance of double distillation in pot stills to create the unique taste profiles of Golden Beaver Distillery spirits. Kris will also guide your palate on tasting of both their unaged and aged spirits.

Dinner with President

Dinner with President Gayle E. Hutchinson 

Enjoy a personalized visit with California State University, Chico's President Hutchinson for up to four guests. This auction will include dinner with President Hutchinson and Linda Allen and a gift basket of campus goodies.

SF live auction

San Francisco Adventure

Enjoy a 4-day, 3 night stay at the centrally-located (near Union Square) beautiful Donatello Hotel in San Francisco. Discounted valet parking. Includes four SF City Pass tickets for admission to Cal Academy of Sciences, Blue and Gold Bay Cruises, with choice of two of the following: Exploratorium, Aquarium By The Bay, Disney Family Museum, SF Zoo and Gardens. Also includes two bottles of red wine and traveling case.

Miocene Zoo

Miocene Zoo Paleo Adventure

Join Ranger/Naturalist Greg Francek on a 3-4 hour personalized tour for up to eight participants at the internationally acclaimed Mokelumne fossil site. During the tour the attendees will learn about how the discovery was made as well as the scientific methods which are used to collect and study these important fossilized vertebrate & plant remains. View actual in-situ petrified tree/plant remains from the Miocene epoch and assist with searching for more. The date of the tour is flexible and can be worked-out to accommodate weather.


 Silent Auction Items

Framed Jake Early Print - Sailboat on SF Bay: One of limited edition Highway One series by acclaimed local artist Jake Early. Hand-signed by the artist. Framed with archival matting and acid-free backing by Chico Paper Company. With this on your wall, you'll always feel those ocean breezes. One of Jake's favorite locations.

"Carcass Caucus" Print by Janet Turner: One of a series of only 50 by famed printmaker Janet Turner. Others in series owned by Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Portland Art Museum. Silkscreen and embossed linecut on rice paper. 

Private Duck Hunt and Breakfast at The Red Rooster Cafe for Two: You and a guest will join local guide Adam Rafalski for a morning duck hunt on private rice ground in the Richvale, CA area. This is a fully guided hunt, including UTV transportation to and from the heated pit blind, decoys, professional calling and bird dog. This hunt is good for the 2022/2023 regular waterfowl season. Breakfast at the Red Rooster Cafe, Durham, included.

Art Photo by Geoff Fricker:  Black and White photograph of heiau - sacred site - overlooking the west Maui mountains by Geoff Fricker whose photographs are housed in the permanent collections of SF MOMA, Oakland.

Satava Moon Jellyfish: Satava Art Glass piece – An ethereal jellyfish is exquisitely portrayed in this glass sculpture. It changes personality in different lighting and is most striking lit from below with the LED base. Created by Rick Satava, internationally known glass artist.

Farm City Tour for Ten and Olive Oil Treats: Ten Sierra Oro Farm City Tour tickets and basket of treats. Each ticket price $40; value up to $150 with wine etc. on tour.  

Orient and Flume Art Glass: An ocean scene decorates this teardrop vase. The iridescent wave design is created using blue sliver luster glass. From world-famous Chico art glass artisans at Orient and Flume producing museum-quality pieces for the discriminating collector.

Mountain Maidu Pen and Ink Prints by Native Artist Maureen Self: Maureen’s meticulous pen and ink realism art is composed primarily of depicting her Native American Maidu culture in which she reveals her Maidu heritage, her own personal efforts to artistically preserve awareness of native history and existing traditions, and keeping the community connected through visual art.  

Year of Magnificent Wreaths: Plan for four seasonal 24-28"" inch wreaths to welcome in each major season during the year. They will be designed with fresh materials and an accent of faux materials if needed. For covered outside or indoor use. Provided by artist, florist and designer - Pam Walters of La Petite Flowers. A Fall wreath made of select magnolia, fall leaves, berries, curly willow and corn. Holiday wreath is celebrated with evergreens, pinecones, berries, ornaments and customized colors. Awaken Spring with a wreath of white berries, leaves, larkspur and grasses. Prepare for Summer with a 4th of July theme or a living succulent and moss wreath. A year of beauty, art and flowers of the season!

Whiskey and Cognac Sampler: Seven bottles of whiskey/cognac, 1 whiskey set with box, 4 Chico-theme coasters.

One-of-a-Kind "Fossil Finds" necklace: Stunning ammonite and jasper necklace created by noted local artist Hilary Hassenzahl. Amaze your friends with this beauteous and glittering necklace from the depths of Earth's geologic past.

Fancy Face: A basket of Balance Skin and Body facial and facial products.

CHI Lava hair care: CHI Lava ceramic hair dryer and spin-n-curl.

Hair Tools and travel bag: GHD Rise Hot Brush; Paul Mitchell Pro Tool curling iron; Babyliss Pro travel blow dry; travel bag.

Family Fun Forever Basket: A basket full of family fun. Includes card games, strategic games, word games, magic tricks, and more! Something fun for every family.

NASA Challenger Photos: Official NASA Challenger Photos, sized 18" x 20".

Afternoon in San Francisco with Beetlejuice: 4 Orchestra seats for Beetlejuice, the musical on Wed., Dec. 7 at 1:00pm at Golden Gate Theater, plus a $100 Visa gift card.

To The Stars Package: 3D Moon Light, private tour of Chico Observatory for 12 people, Voyager Records Kit Collection Vinyl Box Set - Golden Phonograph record containing a message for any extraterrestrial intelligence that might encounter it, perhaps billions of years from now. The Golden Record tells a story of our planet expressed in sounds, images, and science. Etched on the records-plated aluminum jacket is a diagram explaining where it came from and how to play it. The Golden Record was a gift from humanity to the cosmos.



 Thank You to Our Event Sponsors:

Judy Sitton Family

John and Renee McAmis

Liz and Ken Fleming

Marcia Moore

Joan Stewart-Thorpe and Jack Thorpe

Lynn and Bill Kyle

Brenda and Joe Crotts

Laura and Randy Schiff

Paula and Bill Rich

Jill and Bryce Lundberg

Susan and Paul Minasian

Jennifer and Kevin Parrish

Terry Battle

The Cookie Shoppe

Sandra Machida Fricker

Geoff Fricker