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3News' Russ Mitchell to emcee Great Lakes Science Center's Ion Awards as part of inaugural Great Science Gala

Proceeds from the night will support and expand Great Lakes Science Center's education programs.

CLEVELAND — Saturday marks a new era at the Great Lakes Science Center as it ushers in the inaugural Great Science Gala.

The new fundraising gala also kicks off the first edition of the Ion Awards, honoring community leaders who have transformed big dreams into reality. The inaugural recipients Stephen E. Wall and the family of Anthony E. “Tony” Smith, were instrumental in the inception and creation of the Science Center. 

3News Managing Editor and Anchor Russ Mitchell will emcee the Ion Award presentation. 

The fun will continue with Liftoff, Cleveland’s best space party, featuring live music from Monica Robins and the Whiskey Kings, plus dancing, unforgettable science demonstrations, an after dark exploration of the Science Center, and a balloon drop at midnight.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit GreatScience.com.

Proceeds support and expand Great Lakes Science Center’s education programs, such as Great Science Academy, free days for the public, robotics training for local students, and free field trips, ensuring that science, technology, engineering and math learning is accessible to all. 

3News' Dave 'Dino' DeNatale previewed the Great Science Gala with Kirsten Ellenbogen, CEO of the Great Lakes Science Center and Linda Borelli, Special Events Manager on WKYC.com. You can watch the interview below. 

The Science Center has served families, teachers and students in Northeast Ohio for 24 years, working every day to fulfill its mission to bring science, technology, engineering and math to life for the next generation of engineers, scientists and the insatiably curious.

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