The Exploratorium’s Virtual Party at the Piers Event Rallies Support to Offset the Pandemic’s Impact


Since the late 60s, the Exploratorium has been a popular haunt for families, with its original interactive science and art exhibits that both entertain and educate. The museum was hit hard during the pandemic as it dealt with a 15-month closure, but it finally re-opened its doors in July.


Two months prior, the museum held its annual fundraiser, Party at the Piers, to gain public support for its educational and public programs as well as offset a portion of the financial hardship it endured under lockdown. Held virtually on May 7, Party at the Piers was hosted by KGO-TV’s news anchor Kumasi Aaron and included a specially commissioned art piece from local art collective Facing West Shadows; a spotlight piece from world-renowned artist Leo Villareal; and a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s programs, exhibits and collaborative work with other institutions around the world.


The museum hired McCalls Catering and Events to deliver exquisite meals and cocktail boxes directly to homes of major supporters on the evening of the event. Notable attendees included Board Chair Roberta Katz, and Trustees Cameron Phleger, Jennifer Van Natta and George Cogan.

Event sponsors included Power Engineering Construction Co., Asset Management Company, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP, McGriff Architects and Autodesk.

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Donna GlassDonna Berry Glass is a freelance writer in Marin County who writes mostly about family and kid-oriented topics. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family exploring the natural beauty of Marin, snuggling with her Cavalier King Charles spaniel while reading a good book or whipping up something delicious in her space-challenged kitchen. Donna is a supporter of the California Academy of Sciences, a world-class science museum and research institution, and the Institute on Aging which provides much-needed services to seniors and disabled individuals.