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Planetary Science Institute’s Annual Fundraising Dinner

Thursday, May 4, 2017 – Reception begins at 6:00 pm

Hilton El Conquistador, Tucson, AZ

Keynote Speaker

Mr. Charles Walker
Engineer, Researcher, and Astronaut 

Our keynote speaker is Charles (Charlie) Walker, an engineer and researcher who participated in the design and development of the International Space Station.

Charlie’s work included zero-gravity purification of biomedical preparations and protein crystal growth in orbit. As a Payload Specialist he conducted industrial and academic Research & Development while aboard three Space Shuttle flights during the 1980’s.  He holds the distinction of being the first private industry astronaut.

The recipient of numerous awards and honors including NASA Space Flight Medals and the Lindbergh Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Charlie has worked in both government and industry. 

He is a Purdue University graduate and is now retired from The Boeing Company. Charlie lives with his wife in Arizona. 

Dinner Menu


Mesclun Green Salad
Greens, Sweet & Spicy Pecans, Cranberries, Parmesan Cheese, Raspberry Vinaigrette

Entrée Choices

Pecan-Crusted Breast of Chicken
Butternut Squash Sauce, Golden Yukon Potatoes, Asparagus & Carrots

Tilapia Vera Cruz
Tomatoes, Capers & Onions, Rice Pilaf, Asparagus & Carrots

 Vegetable Strudel (Vegetarian)
Quinoa, Braised Spinach, Zucchini, Onions & Peppers in Puffed Pastry; Sliced and Enhanced with an Herb Tomato Sauce 


Strawberry Shortcake with Berry Sauce

Iced Tea ∙ Herbal Tea ∙ Regular & Decaf Coffee


Sponsorship Information 

  • Title Sponsor of Event $5,000   
  • Lead Sponsor of Event $2,500
  • Table (8) Sponsor of Event $ 950 ($480 is tax deductible) 

The PSI Annual Dinner is our primary fundraising event of the year. Support of this event is critical to the continuation of PSI’s important work in the field of planetary science. With the ongoing uncertainty of the future level of funding PSI will receive from NASA, it has been increasingly important to reach out to the private sector for help. We sincerely thank you for your past support! 

2017 PSI Annual Fundraising Dinner Sponsors receive: 

  • Title Sponsor and Lead Sponsor receive acknowledgement and visibility at venue via prominent displays and name recognition in all advertising for event.
  • Table Hosts receive recognition on your table(s) indicating “Table Host.”
  • All sponsors receive recognition in printed materials (event program, posters, etc.).
  • All sponsors receive recognition from the podium.
  • All sponsors receive a complimentary one-year membership to our “Friends of PSI” program.
  • All sponsors will be noted in the PSI quarterly newsletter and Annual Report. 

Your support and consideration of this request is greatly appreciated. 


For more information, please contact: 

Dianne Janis, PSI Development Officer 

Phone: 520.352.1035 Email: DJanis [at] 

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