Adler Planetarium Women's Board Gala to Raise Funds for STEM Education of Young Science Learners

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, the Women’s Board of the Adler Planetarium will host their biggest fundraising event of the year: 2017 Celestial Ball: Solar Flare. The annual black-tie gala raises $1.7 million for educational programming that engages people in doing science and inspires young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

President of the Women’s Board, Linda Gerstman and Co-Chairs of the 2017 Celestial Ball, Erika Lautman Bartelstein and Elisa Primavera-Bailey, along with Dinner Chairs Scott Swanson and Pradip Patiath, will welcome approximately 700 guests, including business, civic and philanthropic leaders in the Chicago community. A highlight of the fall gala season, guests at Celestial Ball will enjoy an elegant cocktail reception and silent auction, a seated dinner featuring hands-on demonstrations from the Adler’s teen “Science Sommeliers,” followed by dancing, all set under the Adler’s stars.

During the gala, the Adler Planetarium will present their 2017 Corporate Partner Award to Dover, represented by Bob Livingston, President & CEO. With Dover’s support, the Adler’s youth programs have reached thousands of Chicago’s young people over the past two years through engineering challenges in Operation Airlift, exploring space at Astro-Overnights, and practicing STEM and professional skills in Adler Teen Leaders Advancing STEM (ATLAS) programs.

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​Since 2002, the Women’s Board has been the Adler’s lead partner in supporting science education programs, research, and community outreach. The Board is vital to the museum’s efforts to reach underserved youth—with a special focus on young women—in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). For more information on the Women’s Board of the Adler Planetarium, visit: board/

Adler Planetarium on Chicago's Museum Campus (photo courtesy of the Adler Planetarium).