Sean McMahon from EngineWorks escorts his wife Valerie to the OMSI Gala.

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The evening of January 23 found the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry undergoing a futuristic transformation for its space-themed gala. This year, OMSI presented an entirely new type of experience at its annual fundraiser, granting some 700 guests full access to the entire museum and a sneak peek of its current exhibit, Space: A Journey To Our Future, which looks at the past, present, and future of space exploration.

As guests arrived, they were greeted by hosts in other-worldly outfits, offered a signature cocktail, and directed to feast on lush buffets and visit with fellow travelers in themed “launch pad” lounges located throughout the museum. Entertainment for the evening included a presentation by space historian and author Andrew Chaikin, a photographic tour of the International Space Station compliments of astronaut Mike Barratt, and a presentation by special guest Lt. Colonel Dick Rutan, USAF (Ret.) who broke a flight-distance record by flying the nonstop, un-refueled Voyager aircraft around the world.

OMSI’s Space Gala was a staggering success raising over $547,000 in support of OMSI programs, which include camps and classes, labs, outdoor school, general museum operations, and much more.