UnGala 2019 Celebrates Amazeum Experiences

April 10, 2019

Amazeum to Close Early on Saturday, April 27

Preparations for Unique UnGala FUNdraiser start at 2 pm


BENTONVILLE, Ark. (April 1, 2019) — The Scott Family Amazeum is closing early on Saturday, April 27, at 2 pm due to exceptional demand for unique experiences at the UnGala FUNdraiser presented by the Hershey Company.

 “Our team puts a ton of effort into this event for the community,” says Sam Dean, Amazeum Executive Director. “Creating one-of-a-kind experiences takes time and we want to make sure that our guests have an exceptional experience at our FUNdraiser. To do that requires us to close the museum a bit early to prepare for the most interactive, playful, grown-up experience in Northwest Arkansas.”

 The UnGala gives grown-ups ages 21 an older a chance to give their inner child a night out to play and make some other child’s day. Proceeds support diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives at the Amazeum and Amazeum-style learning experiences in communities throughout NWA. Tickets to the UnGala are $100 and include an incredible food truck buffet, adult beverages and the opportunity to play like a kid without worrying about what the kids might think.

 The UnGala features NWA’s only 24-volt race corporate challenge sponsored by McLarty Daniel Automotive Group, in which corporate teams race specially prepared children’s ride on vehicles for the coveted Zing Cup. After the competition ends, UnGala attendees get a chance to pilot a race vehicle around the course full of twists and turns.

 That is not all guests can get their hands on at this year’s UnGala. The feature experience is a 26-foot-long, hydraulic-activated, human-controlled hand and forearm sculpture capable of crushing, well, nearly anything. So make sure to observe the no parking zones.

“Our goal with UnGala is to tell our story to the community and give them a taste of the ‘every day amazing’ experiences we provide children and families. We also want to bring in an interactive art experience that guests probably have never seen before like Hand of Man created by Christian Ristow,” says Dean. “Christian, like other uniquely talented makers participating in our Maker in Residence Program, embody the maker mindset that brings ‘what if’ to reality. Makers in Residence bring diverse creative talents to the Amazeum to collaborate with our team and infuse new ideas for experiences in our 3M Tinkering Hub and exhibits that support creative thought and innovation.” The Maker in Residence program is supported by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation.

“I’m proud to welcome Scott McCall, Senior Vice President, Entertainment, Toys, and Seasonal at Walmart Stores, Inc. as our Honorary Chair for the UnGala,” says Dean. “We value our community and corporate partners and appreciate the support they provide. We’re all part of an ecosystem here in Northwest Arkansas that contributes to providing opportunities to learn, play, grow, and live better.”

 Tickets on sale now for the most amazing Fundraiser in Northwest Arkansas – the Scott Family Amazeum UnGala FUNdraiser presented by the Hershey Company. The UnGala features unique activities and experiences unlike any other gala in the region. Leave the tuxedos, gowns, and uncomfortable shoes at home and come ready to play April 27 from 7 to 10 pm.

 The Amazeum UnGala FUNdraiser is more than just a great time for adults to give their inner child a night out to play. Proceeds support Amazeum diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs like Priceless Nights on Wednesday evenings from 4:00 to 7:30 pm, events like HallowZing for special needs children and their families, and community outreach programs that take Amazeum-style learning experiences to communities in Northwest Arkansas.

For more information and tickets, visit amazeum.org/events/ungala.