Science North’s annual fundraising event, The Bluecoat Ball, was held Feb. 25, and raised $300,000 to support the science centre’s new Science For All Fund.
Surpassing the night's goal of $100,000 would not have been possible without the generosity of everyone who attended the gala, said a press release.
Science North extended its gratitude especially to the Bluecoat Ball Honorary Chair, Keith Brewster, who concluded the event by donating $125,000 towards the final total, supporting the Science For All Fund.
This fund will provide financial support to increase the number of individuals, groups, schools, and communities who can access Science North facilities and experiences.
Science for All ensures programs related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are attainable to anyone living in Sudbury and across Northern Ontario.
This year’s Bluecoat Ball was inspired by Science North’s newest special exhibition: Dinosaur Discoveries. Visiting a land lost to time, guests will rediscover these life-sized dinos as they come to life.
The Bluecoat Ball is a delightful experience curated to glitz, glamour, and armour all while making an impactful difference in the community, said a press release.
Guests had a one-of-a-kind experience where they had a first look at Dinosaur Discoveries as they sipped and marvelled in the splendour of these magnificent creatures.
“We are humbled and grateful for the support and generosity of our community that was demonstrated at Saturday’s event,” said Science North CEO Ashley Larose, in the press release.
“The Bluecoat Ball is more than just a gala, it is an opportunity to connect, inspire and drive meaningful change in Northern Ontario. The Science For All Fund will create access and opportunities for everyone interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and we could not be more pleased with the outcome of the night.”
“Coming back home to Sudbury is always incredibly special for me, but this particular visit is very different,” said Keith Brewster, Director and Lead Philanthropist with the Stober Foundation.
“It’s less about socializing and more about stepping up and leaning into a community that has been so vital for me and my successes and using my platform and philanthropy to elevate and support the next generation of youth by establishing the Science for All Fund. This novel fund will help provide support to individuals, families, students, and communities from across Northern Ontario to have access to the world-class science centre that is Science North, and its wonderful, enriching programming.”