You are cordially invited!

To a fundraising tasting affair:

Saturday, September 21 – Join us for a night of elegance and excitement: Burpee Museum’s premier fundraiser.

This upscale evening gala is the perfect blend of sophistication and fun, offering a unique opportunity to support the museum while enjoying an unforgettable night out.

The countdown is on!








Burpee’s 2024 Gala

Burpee Museum’s Board of Trustees and Museum Directors invite you to an extraordinary gala event that promises an evening of elegance, inspiration, and meaningful impact. As an attendee or sponsor, your support will play a vital role in helping the Burpee Museum continue its mission to inspire a lifetime of discovery and learning about the natural world. Our commitment to preservation, interpretation, and education thrives through the generosity of our community, and we are excited to celebrate with you!

Event Details:

  • Date: September 21, 2024
  • Time: 6:00-10:00pm (Doors Open for VIP at 5:15pm)
  • Location: Burpee Museum, 737 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL
  • Attire: Semi-Formal

Why Your Support Matters 

We believe that everyone, regardless of their financial situation, should have the opportunity to engage in quality programming at Burpee. Your participation in this gala directly supports our free music programs, scholarship classes, and free outreach initiatives for school-age children. These programs are designed to spark curiosity, foster learning, and inspire the next generation of scientists, artists, and thinkers.

An Evening to Remember

The gala will be a night to remember, filled with:

  • Exclusive Access: Private viewing of our latest exhibits, live animals, and behind-the-scenes looks at Paleontology and Biology in action.
  • Live Entertainment: Enjoy performances by The Rhythm Rockets, Chicago’s Blues and Swing legends.
  • Gourmet Dining: A tasting menu from local chefs!
  • Silent Auction: Bid on unique items and experiences, with proceeds benefiting our educational programs.
  • Guest Speakers & Demos: Hear from our science and education figures sharing their insights and passion for lifelong learning.

Tickets and Sponsorships:

Tickets and sponsorship packages are available now – click to Learn More