Dr. José M. Hernández, Astronaut

Save the Date for our 5th Annual Gala & Auction!

Join us Thursday, April 25, 2024, for our 5th Annual Gala, A Table at Le Cirque Mediterra Style. This year, we will be honoring Dr. José M. Hernández, Astronaut, son of migrant farmworkers, who worked beside his parents in the fields at age 6. A trailblazer who overcame adversity to achieve his lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut and traveling into space. He has authored several books, including his autobiography “Reaching for the Stars,” and the children’s version “The Boy Who Touched the Stars.” He is also featured in the acclaimed biographical film “ A Million Miles Away,” which was recently released through Amazon Prime.

Please save the date for what is sure to be a truly extraordinary evening! As in years past, this event WILL sell out quickly.

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The option to pay by credit card coming soon. If you still wish to reserve your table now and would like to make payment by credit card, please fill out the form and contact the center at 239-596-1975 and we will take your card info over the phone.

LEVELS OF SUPPORT

DIAMOND LEVEL - $100,000

SUPPORTS OUR CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

  • Recognition as Host of VIP Reception with Private Question and Answer Session and Photo Opportunity with Keynote Speaker. Acknowledgement on all supporting program materials, choice of inside front or back cover of Gala program, GEC website and all media.
  • Entry for 14 to VIP Reception with an autographed copies of Reaching for the Stars including 4 Seats on the Dais with Keynote Speaker.
  • Fourteen Attendees for Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner.

Platinum Level - $50,000

Supports our STEAM Program for One Year

  • Entry to VIP Reception for 10 with Private Question and Answer Session and Photo Opportunity with Keynote Speaker.
  • Acknowledgment on all supporting program materials, including inside or back cover of Gala program, GEC website and all media.
  • Entry for 10 to VIP Reception with autographed copies of Reaching for the Stars including 2 Seats on the Dais with Keynote Speaker.
  • Ten Attendees for Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner.

Gold Level - $25,000

One Month of our Teachers’ Instruction and Supplies

  • Entry to VIP Reception for 10 with Private Question and Answer Session and Photo Opportunity with Keynote Speaker.

  • Acknowledgement on all supporting materials, including a full page advertisement in Gala program, GEC website and all media.

  • Entry for 10 to VIP Reception and autographed copies of Reaching for the Stars. Ten Attendees for Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner.

Silver Level - $10,000

Educational Experiential Outings to Develop Student Confidence and Career Readiness

  • Entry to VIP Reception for 8 with Private Question and Answer Session and Photo Opportunity with Keynote Speaker. Acknowledgement on all supporting materials including a half-page advertisement in the Gala program, GEC website and all media.

  • Entry for 8 to VIP Reception and autographed copies of Reaching for the Stars.

  • Eight Attendees for Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner.

Bronze Level - $5,000

Sponsors 5 Children for Summer Camp

  • Special thanks and acknowledgement, including a quarter-page advertisement in the Gala program, GEC website and all media.

  • Four Attendees for Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner.

GEC Advocate - $2,500

  • Special thanks and recognition acknowledgements on GEC website and all media.
  • Two Attendees for Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner.