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Discovering Us: 50th Anniversary Gala

May 3, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Since 1968, The Leakey Foundation has supported scientists in their quest to discover what makes us human. Join us on May 3, 2018, at the St. Regis in San Francisco to celebrate the accomplishments of the past 50 years and explore the endless possibilities of the future.

“Discovering Us” will take you on an inspiring journey through some of many regions of the world where The Leakey Foundation funds research…from the painted caves of Europe to the jungles of South America, to the African savanna.

This very special evening will feature renowned scientists, a reception with a hosted bar featuring sparkling wine provided by Iron Horse Vineyards, a gourmet dinner with wine provided by Grgich Hills Estate, and South African music and dance performances by the Chinyakare ensemble.

Our program will be emceed by primatologist Kelly Stewart and will include remarks by Nina Jablonski and a keynote address by Kirk Johnson, Sant Director of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History.

Our Young Professionals Group is hosting an after-party immediately following the dinner program. This exciting event will include two special virtual reality experiences – Lenovo’s virtual reality experience will let you visit Jane Goodall’s Gombe, and Dartmouth University will be bringing their Tarsier Vision Experience which will let you see the world through the eyes of a tarsier.

  • Proceeds from this event will help fund human origins research and outreach.
  • Every donation will be matched by a generous sponsor. Double your impact while enjoying an unforgettable evening!

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Thank you to our generous sponsors:

50th Anniversary Patrons

Gordon and Ann Getty, Camilla & George Smith

Platinum Sponsors

Nina Carroll, Collaborative Consulting, Alice Corning, Grgich Hills Estate, Austin and Sara Hills, Julie LaNasa and John Kunzweiler, Jeanne Newman

Gold Sponsors

Gianni Amato, Far Horizons, Carolyn Farris,  J. Michael and Sally Gallagher, Iron Horse Vineyards, Mark Jordan and Jennifer Gomersall, Diana McSherry and Patrick Poe, Bill and Debby Richards, Barry and Audrey Sterling, Cole and Judy Thompson.


May 3, 2018
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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I [name], of [city, state ZIP], bequeath the sum of $[ ] or [ ] percent of my estate to L.S.B. Leakey Foundation for Research Related to Man’s Origins, Behavior & Survival, (dba The Leakey Foundation), a nonprofit organization with a business address of 1003B O’Reilly Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129 and a tax identification number 95-2536475 for its unrestricted use and purpose.

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