Space Center Houston’s Galaxy Gala Set to Empower Youth

Save the date: May 9 at 6 p.m. The Ballroom at Bayou Place

HOUSTON, April 3, 2019 – Empower youth with the abilities to become tomorrow’s leaders at Space Center Houston’s Galaxy Gala May 9, led by co-chairs Peggy Kostial with Shanell and Walker Moody. Proceeds will support the nonprofit’s extensive education programs serving youth and educators from around the world with exceptional science, technology and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences.

“Empowering students with 21st century skills is essential for their success, our community and the world,” said William T. Harris, president and CEO of Space Center Houston. “You can help provide access to immersive STEM learning experiences and inspire the next generation through the wonders of space exploration.”

Proceeds from the Galaxy Gala will support opportunities for underserved youth to explore space and science learning through Title 1 school field trips and participate in a premier robotics competition, space-themed camp-out for military families and scholarships for students to participate in Space Center Houston’s Space Center University, a hands-on engineering design program.
The evening will honor Fred Griffin, CEO and chairman of Griffin Partners Inc., champion of and a strong force behind Space Center Houston’s growth and overall success.

Adding to the festivities, instead of a seated dinner with a traditional program, Galaxy Gala guests will experience a new, interactive, mix-and-mingle format. Be immersed among the latest space exploration innovation while eating, drinking, mingling and having fun with other guests.

Surrounded by engaging space and science learning experiences, guests will participate in virtual reality and see actual space exploration prototypes, some that are being prepared for NASA’s mission to return to the Moon in 2020.

“You can help fuel the STEM pathway and ignite curiosity in a youth explorer when you open the gateway to space exploration,” said Harris.

Space Center Houston celebrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education with an evening of music, food and giving. Reserve the place to attend and leave big footprints on STEM education. For more information, visit

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science and space exploration learning center with extensive educational programs. Space Center Houston is the cornerstone of its mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. The center draws more than one million visitors annually, was named “the Best Museum in Texas” by USA Today and generates a $73 million annual economic impact in the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center and a Certified Autism Center. More than 250,000 teachers and students from around the world visit the center annually to experience our educational space museum with more than 400 things to see and do. For more information, go to

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