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The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History to Celebrate 26th Annual Einstein Gala

New Mexico’s Biggest Science Party of the Year will be held on March 16.

[Albuquerque, NM] – The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host the 26th Annual Einstein Gala, New Mexico’s biggest science party of the year, at 5:00 pm. on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at Sandia Resort and Casino.

The Museum’s largest fundraising event will introduce intricate science experiments performed by high school-aged museum junior volunteers, a unique silent auction, mingling among some of the most brilliant minds in science, and an opportunity to honor an exceptional individual or business with the Annual National Award of Nuclear Science & History.

The award - celebrating the broad scope of achievement and commitment to furthering scientific endeavors made by individuals and organizations in areas of leadership, technology, government, energy, and education - will be awarded to Palo Verde Generating Station in Tonopah, Arizona.

Palo Verde Generating Station has been the nation’s largest electricity maker and clean energy producer for nearly 30 years. With seven owners across four Southwestern states, the plant is a critical infrastructure asset, generating over 32 million megawatt-hours annually – enough power for more than 4 million homes and businesses.

Palo Verde has also been a leader in communicating the value of nuclear energy to local, regional, and national audiences. By creating positive partnerships with companies across nuclear technology platforms, Palo Verde has helped to forward a connection between nuclear innovation and everyday life.

The power plant, located west of Phoenix, AZ, employs about 2000 people and contributes greatly to Veterans Programs, career development platforms, and STEM education. It has been the title sponsor of Nuclear Science Week multiple times and has created the content used to educate everyone on nuclear energy, from nationally elected lawmakers to students ages 5 to 95!

“Palo Verde Generating Station’s exceptional dedication to advancing nuclear energy and producing clean and carbon-free power has rightfully earned them this esteemed recognition at the Einstein Gala,” said Jennifer Hayden, Museum President and CEO. “Their efforts in championing the value of nuclear energy have illuminated the path towards a more informed and sustainable future, inspiring communities on regional and national levels.”

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is a Smithsonian Affiliate and the only congressional-chartered museum in the nuclear field. Established in 1969 by the Department of Energy, the museum now operates under the National Atomic Museum Foundation as a non-profit entity, telling the story of the Atomic Age, from early uses to today’s peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

All proceeds from the museum’s Einstein Gala fundraising event will help support the Museum’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) educational programs for students in grades K-12 students as well as professional development workshops for science and math teachers.

The evening, beginning at 5:00 pm, includes dinner, entertaining science experiments, an extensive silent auction, and for the first time a live auction featuring a unique collection of extraordinary items. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, or to buy tickets, please visit nuclearmuseum.org or call the museum’s Director of Development at 505-245-2137, extension 110.