Our largest annual fundraiser to celebrate OMSI’s impact and major supporters

About OMSI Gala

Join us for an intimate and exclusive event at the museum. This elegant black tie affair features an effervescent cocktail hour, delectable seated dinner with special pours of notable local wines, action-packed live auction, and breathtaking entertainment.

OMSI’s largest fundraiser supports high-energy, high-impact science that connects, captivates, and inspires OMSI kids across the region. Engaging science, technology, arts and math experiences help them realize their vision of being engineers, educators, physicians, NASA scientists, artists and involved community leaders. Your investment ensures that our mission is practiced every day, for everyone.

Thank you!


Together we raised over one million dollars for OMSI and Science Education!
We look forward to seeing you at Gala 2024.


Presented by

The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation / Jordan Schnitzer

Vernier Science Education

Jon V. Jaqua and Kimberly B. Cooper Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation


Dinner Entertainment: Jimmie Herrod

Portland’s own artist and performer, Jimmie Herrod, is going to perform at the OMSI 2023 Gala! Jimmie has a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from Portland State University, and has been touring throughout the US, Canada and Europe as a guest vocalist with Pink Martini. His heavenly voice earned him a Golden Buzzer on the 2021 season of America’s Got Talent, and he recently returned to compete on AGT: All Star 2023.

Celebrate with us at the museum

Cocktail reception in OMSI’s atrium lobby, music by The Bylines

Photo Lounge in the Empirical Lobby

Dinner and live auction in OMSI’s iconic Turbine Hall

Emcee by Ken Boddie of KOIN 06

Auction by Johnna Wells
After Dinner Lounge in the Planetarium

Why Sponsor OMSI Gala

As a sponsor of OMSI and our work, you are helping change the world one mind at a time. Your partnership provides children and adults access to important informal science education opportunities, inspiring them to be engaged citizens and preparing them for future success.

Thank You Gala 2023 Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors for their support of OMSI and the OMSI Gala 2023: Kaleidoscope. Together, we will work to to bring OMSI’s special brand of hands-on science education to kids and kids-at-heart. Your investment provides innovative programming that inspires students to approach age-old challenges in creative new ways and encourages them to work collaboratively to be part of the solution.

Presenting Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Alaska Airlines – MVP Gold Sponsor


Arnerich Massena

Beacon Lake Oswego

Scott Clark and June Andrews

Paul And Teri Graham

Lane Powell PC

Gary Maffei and Marcus Lintner

Eric and Heidi Meslow

Pacific Power

Portland General Electric

PNC Bank

Eric and Sophia Skaar

Mike and Karie Richardson

Walsh Construction Co.

Wells Fargo

Event Sponsors

Screen Sponsors
Screen Sponsors
Entertainment Sponsor
Cocktail Hour Sponsor
Paddle Raise
After Dinner Lounge Sponsor
Valet Sponsor
Challenge Grant Sponsors


Edlen & Co.

Leupold and Stevens Foundation

Peter and Cassie Northrup

PSU Foundation and PSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Robert and Debb Zagunis

Silver Sponsors


Abed and Nansi Faran with Joseph and Elizabeth Bingold
Sonal Haladay
Carrie and Jon Spurlock
The Valderrama Family
John and Traci Wheeler

Beer, Wine + Liquor Sponsors

Anne Amie Vineyards
Compris Vineyard
Ecliptic Brewery

Hood River Distillery
Ponzi Vineyards
Stoller Wine Group
Utopia Vineyards