Aspen Science Center announces kickoff of the Quantum Ball!

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Aspen Science Center

Contact: David Houggy, President. email hidden; JavaScript is required

November 5, 2017

Aspen, CO

Aspen Science Center announced today the launch of their first annual fundraising event, the Quantum Ball.

The Quantum Ball, the first event of its kind for Aspen Science Center, is an effort to raise $25,000 in support of all the organization’s programs, which provide science education and awareness for youth and adults alike. About 75% of the center’s programming is aimed at youth, the scientists of tomorrow. The public is encouraged to buy tickets and donate to the campaign. What separates the Quantum Ball from most fundraising events, however, is that this is actually a fundraising “non-event.” While “tickets” are on sale, there won’t be an actual event for supporters to attend. This makes the non-event a unique, hassle-free way for the public to show their support of the center’s mission, without actually having to attend yet another fundraiser.

“Like most nonprofits, we want to have a big fundraising event. But there are so many fundraisers in the valley, that there is a certain amount of wariness and fatigue that has set in,” said David Houggy, Aspen Science Center President. “Do you really want to go to yet another event, sit through the programming and endless auctions, when you could be at home enjoying yourself with your family, or watching the big game on TV?  So in essence this is really a fundraising drive, but the Quantum Ball gives us a playful way to organize it. Hopefully, the public will have fun with it. We really want this to be a grassroots effort, and a way to let people show their support for our mission by giving gifts of all sizes; $5, $25, $100, $500 – every donation makes a difference!”

One benefit of raising money this way, said Houggy, is that the overhead is very low. “Rather than spending 50% of the donations on food, tents, entertainment, valet parking, and all of the other costs associate with an actual event, with the Quantum Ball, over 90% of donation go directly to support our mission. We think the public will appreciate that and get behind what we are doing.”

The playful approach has all of the elements of a traditional fundraiser, according to the website (AspenScienceCenter.org/quantumball): Tickets are available for purchase, with benefits ranging from a Quantum Ball T-shirt to free tickets to the center’s popular programs like the Physics for Kids BBQs, Summer Science Fair, Science of Cooking and Science of Music. There is a virtual “Host Committee” comprised of famous scientists like Albert Einstein and Marie Curie, and the virtual entertainment will be provided by a “band” called Schrödinger’s Katz, made up of scientists who are also musicians, and musicians who are also scientists. Did you know that Albert Einstein was a very good violinist, and that Queen lead guitarist Brian May has a PhD in astrophysics? Visit the website to learn more about the band!

There will be a full marketing push for this, said Houggy, including banners over mainstreet, social media, posters, radio spots, and other traditional marketing means.

The website invites the public to “virtually attend” the event:

You are cordially invited to not attend the first annual Quantum Ball in support of Aspen Science Center! This will be the best fundraising event you’ve never attended!

Thanks to “spooky action at a distance” you will be able to attend this landmark event through quantum entanglement!

Or will you? Just like Schrödinger’s Cat, we won’t actually know if you are in attendance unless we look. However, the mere act of looking will cause the waveform to collapse, only allowing us to observe that you are either in a state of attendance, or non-attendance!

Confused? Don’t be! As Richard Feynman said, “I think I can safely say that no one understands quantum mechanics.”  And he earned a Nobel Prize in this very subject!

Where will the event not take place? Why, in quantum space-time of course!

Throughout the campaign, the center will send out regular communications, which will encourage the public to buy tickets or donate, but also seek to educate the public about some of the strange phenomena of quantum mechanics, and science in general.

Tickets are on sale now at AspenScienceCenter.org/quantumball. All are encouraged to join in the fun and show their support for science and the mission of the Aspen Science Center, to advance the public understanding of science through lifelong discovery, exploration and education.

About the Aspen Science Center

The Aspen Science Center’s Mission is to advance the public understanding of science through lifelong discovery, exploration, and education. We do this by engaging the public, especially children, with fun, educational events and programs, and then demonstrating how science can lead to a greater understanding of the world in which we live. Please visit our website at AspenScienceCenter.org to learn more about our programs and how to get involved or support us today! We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

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