Annual Gala

On July 27, 2019 Discovery World was honored to host more than 600 friends and supporters for one of the most elegant and entertaining black tie fundraising affairs in Milwaukee. Thanks to our auction and raffle participants, as well as our generous sponsors and donors featured below, we raised more than $450,000 for our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), Marine, and Freshwater education mission that night – an exceptional amount! THANK YOU!

On Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 6:00 PM to midnight, Discovery World will celebrate another landmark year on the lakefront, where we will showcase how your generous support allows us to keep Milwaukee at the forefront of the national conversation about what effective experiential education looks like for our youth and schools. Because of YOU, Discovery World is able to create new interactive exhibits, pilot exciting educational models, remove barriers to access, and help today’s youth see themselves in the high-demand careers of the future…and, most importantly, have a BLAST while doing it!

As a 2020 Discovery World Ignite the Spark Gala donor and participant, you will provide your guests with an unforgettable night, while ensuring that your company continues to be recognized as a change agent in our region for STEAM, Marine, and Freshwater education. At all donation levels, your Gala guests will be:

  • treated to valet parking service and then greeted at the door with a glass of champagne.
  • amazed and entertained by Discovery World exhibits and experiences.
  • offered a signature cocktail from our one-of-a-kind ice sculpture luge and passed hors d’oeuvres.
  • invited to bid on unique items in our silent auction and participate in a raffle and live appeal.
  • presented with an opportunity to be professionally photographed in our dramatic lakefront setting.
  • indulged with an open bar all evening, and wine pairings that complement a decadent gourmet dinner prepared by Bartolotta’s Catering & Events at Discovery World.
  • delighted by an after-dinner party with live music, dancing, desserts, cigars, and a fireworks show over the lakefront.

Our Ignite the Spark Gala is our only yearly fundraising event and is our largest annual celebration of our generous contributors. We are grateful for your support of our non-profit operations and welcome your sponsorship inquires at or (414) 765-8623.