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We are thrilled to share with you that this year’s Women Rock Science virtual gala, held Oct. 1, 2020, raised more than $250,000! Because of our valued supporters, we’re able to continue our mission of bringing STEAM education, delivered by Institute of Science educators, to PreK-12 students in underserved communities throughout Michigan, including Detroit, Hamtramck, Pontiac, Flint, and others.

The funds raised support the Institute’s Service to Others initiatives, both in-person and remotely, and are designed to ignite curiosity for children in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Annually, nearly 34,000 students benefit from the Institute’s outreach programs.

If you were not able to join us for this year’s gala, we invite you to watch the following video, highlighting the impact these outreach programs have on the students the Institute serves:

To watch the full, 45-minute Women Rock Science video, please visit our YouTube page.

The event is over, but our momentum is still growing. Will you help us bring STEAM programs to more children? Please consider giving to the Institute’s Service to Others initiatives so we can continue reaching children that need this important educational experience.

All donations are 100% tax-deductible as allowed by law.

For more information on how you can support the Institute’s Service to Others initiatives please contact Katja Thomakos, CFRE, Director of Development at or 248.645.3220.

2020 Women Rock Science sponsors and event leaders:

Women Rock Science Co-Chairs: Adele Acheson, Kelle Ilitch, Kim Reuss, and Linzie Venegas

Science-level sponsors: DTE Foundation and General Motors Engineering-level sponsors include: Adele and Mike Acheson, Forevermark Diamonds, Ideal Group, and PNC Bank

Arts-level sponsors include: Gretchen and Ethan Davidson, Kelle and Chris Ilitch, Marla and Cyrus Karimipour, Kim and Mark Reuss, Joseé-Anne and Mark Wakefield, and Elizabeth Larson Willoughby and Michael Willoughby

Mathematics-level sponsors include: Ally Financial, Anonymous, Kathy and Bruce Ballard, Emily and Henry Ford, III, Amy and Todd Francis, Mikki Gardner, Jennifer and Dan Gilbert, Linda and Roderick Gillum, Karyn Lyon Glover and Donald Glover, Shelley and Bill Goldsmith, Jennifer and Chris Granger, Sylvia and Edward Hagenlocker, Jeneanne and Steven Hanley, Lucie Howell, Roz and Scott Jacobson, Barbara Askar Kouza and Christopher Kouza, Dana and Glenn Kunnath, Kelly and Trevor Lauer, Barbara Yolles Ludwig and William Ludwig, Lois and Eugene Miller, Kathie and Shawn Patterson, Lisa Payne, Viveka and Jason Peter, Rina and Anup Popat, Bobbi and Stephen Polk, Martina and Eric Richardson, Francoise Colpron-Schwyn and James Schwyn, Thomas Sebold & Associates, Inc., Nedda Shayota, Sigma, Sandy Smith and Bob Wilson, Amy and Mark Spitznagel, Mike and Theresa Stafford, Pauline and Todd Stamper, Ann Stevenson and Curt Catallo, Alyson and Thomas Timko, Jodi and Justin Trivax, and Deborah Wahl.

Media sponsor for the evening was WDET-FM.

Additional Support by the Strum Allesee Family Foundation