Annual Gala

Every July, Discovery World is honored to host more than 600 friends and supporters for one of the most elegant and entertaining black tie fundraising affairs in Milwaukee. On Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 6:00 PM to midnight, Discovery World will celebrate another landmark year on the lakefront, where we will showcase transformative changes that have altered our physical footprint and deepened our educational impact.

As a 2019 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 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) 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.

2019 Discovery World Ignite the Spark Gala Sponsor Opportunities

2019 Discovery World Ignite the Spark Gala e-Invitation

2019 Discovery World Ignite the Spark Gala RSVP