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Frequently Asked Questions about the Gala

What is the APG Centennial Gala?
Who is in charge of the APG Gala?
What will I do at the APG Centennial Gala?
What should I wear?
What food and beverages are available?
Do I need cash?
Who will be there?
What is the timeline / sequence of events?
Where do I stay?
How do I get to the Gala venue? Where is this place?
Where do I park?
How do I get home?
Where do I purchase tickets?
Who is eligible for discount tickets?
Are contractors eligible for discount tickets?
Can you buy tickets that night?
Can I buy a table?
How do I sponsor?What does the event benefit?

 

What is the APG Centennial Gala?

The APG Centennial Gala is the culminating event for a year-long celebration of Aberdeen Proving Ground’s 100th Anniversary. Throughout 2017, the APG community has held over 150 programs and events to honor the contributions of APG to our nation’s defense since its founding 1917. The people of APG have been responsible for creating world-changing technology, such as computing, email, high-speed photography, sniffer dogs, and so much more. In 2017, we’ve worked to tell APG’s story to a broad audience. The Gala celebrates the people of APG and enormous contributions of Harford and Cecil Counties over the last 100 years.

Who is in charge of the APG Gala?

The APG Gala is being and operated under an Memorandum of Understanding between Aberdeen Proving Ground Garrison Headquarters and the APG Centennial Celebration Association, a 501c3 charitable organization that was established to support APG organizations and the community in celebrating its 100th Anniversary, and to establish a Discovery Center focused on exploration of technology developed at APG. The APG Gala is financially self-supportive through ticket sales and sponsorships.

 

What will take place at the APG Centennial Gala?

The fun starts when you get out of your car at 7 p.m. You’ll be greeted by a variety of performers, such as stilt-walkers, fire-breathers, and historic impersonators. As you approach the building, you’ll walk down a red carpet and will have your picture taken by our own paparazzi. Entering the building, you’ll be dazzled by musical and performance acts, all there for your entertainment and amusement. Get a drink at the bar, and take a seat at the table of your choice with your friends. At 7:15, MG Randy Taylor, Commanding General of CECOM, his spouse Lucas, and special guests will provide brief welcoming remarks. Then, the music will start, the food and beverages will flow, and dancing will begin. A large band will provide the evening’s music on the main floor. Upstairs, enjoy a casino, dueling pianos, and additional performers. At 10:30, guests will be treated to a fireworks display just for them. If you choose to stay for the After Party at the Speakeasy, kick off your shoes and enjoy a nightcap and a jazz band and conversation with your friends and colleagues. Everything wraps up at 1 a.m.

What is the APG Centennial Gala?What should I wear?

This is a fancy dress ball. Military dress is “Mess Dress or Army Service Uniform with Bow Tie.” For civilians, that means black tie optional and formal gowns. If you want to mix it up, go semi-formal with a nod to historical fashion (i.e. flapper). Whatever clothes you choose to wear, you will definitely have a great time!

What food and beverages are available?

Instead of a sit-down dinner, gourmet foods will be available at stations around the venue. There will be something for every taste! Canapes, tarts, brochettes, croquettes, gourmet sliders, roasted vegetables, oyster bar, cheese and fruit plates, and so much more. No one will leave hungry! The event will have an open bar with wine, beer, and several commemorative cocktails. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available of course, with coffee and desserts. The After-Party menus is spectacular as well — a gourmet charcuterie, and dessert crepes made to order. A Champagne toast at Midnight will cap off the night.

Do I need cash?

As mentioned above, it is an open bar, but you may want to have a few dollars for tips for the bartenders. Also, you can purchase a ticket to the After Party that evening, if you decide you want the party to continue. Other than that, there will be no reason for cash.

Who will be there?

Everyone from military generals to teachers to policemen to elected officials and everyone in between. This is an “all-welcome” event open to APG employees, defense contractors, businesses, families, and residents. Gather a group of friends — we’ll give you a discount for buying tickets in groups of 8 or more.

What is the timeline / sequence of events?

5:30 Army Alliance Pre-Gala Reception (by invitation only)
6:45 Doors open
7:00 Gala begins. Bars and appetizer stations open
7:15 Remarks and ceremony
7:30 Dancing, music, performances, casino
10:30 Fireworks
11:00 After Party at the Speakeasy
12:00 Midnight champagne toast
1:00 After Party ends

Where do I stay?

We have books a block of rooms at Home2Suites in Aberdeen. Our special gala rate is $94. Address is  20 Newton Rd, Aberdeen, MD 21001. Phone number is (410) 272-0203. Call today to reserve your room.Transportation between the hotel and the Gala venue will be available.

How do I get to the Gala venue? Where is this place?

The Centennial Gala is being held in an unusual location — a brand new office building that has not yet been leased. Merritt Properties has generously donated the building to us for the event. The property is called Aberdeen Corporate Park and is located on Route 22 right near the Target and Panera. 650 McHenry Road is the address and it runs behind the Target store on route 22. Look it up on Google Maps. We’ll have 90,000 square feet for the party of the century!

Where do I park?

There are parking spots in front and on the sides of the building. We will have police officers and volunteers directing traffic that evening.

How do I get home?

We have arranged with Uber to have drivers on hand for the APG Centennial Gala. Watch this page for updates on how to access the reserved drivers.

To enter the promotional code, click Tickets, Individual, then Enter Promotional Code.

Where do I purchase tickets?

Tickets are available at http://apg100.org/gala. Early bird tickets are available for $100 until September 20, at which time tickets will go up to $125. If you are military or junior civilian, or a public service professional, you may be eligible for discounted tickets. Enter promotional code ‘APG100th’ on the ticket web site and see if your rank is eligible for discounted tickets.

Who is eligible for discount tickets?

Discount tickets are available to many military and civilian employees at APG, as well as local public safety personnel, teachers, and others in public service. The ticket discounts are tiered based on salary levels. Not all APG employee tickets are discounted. It is assumed that a regularly priced ticket is not a burden for a LTC or GS14 salary. However, no one has to pay full price, as our Early Bird tickets are available until September 20. Also, we are offering group ticket discounts where an additional 10-15% can be saved. We have worked to set the ticket prices so that the APG Centennial Gala celebration is as accessible to as many people as possible! Contact us if you have any questions or counter-offers.

Are contractors eligible for discount tickets?

The purpose behind the discount tickets is two-fold: 1-to make the Gala accessible to anyone regardless of salary, and 2-show a little love for those who are in public service. In many cases, junior-level contract personnel fit this definition, so yes, contractors may be eligible for discount tickets. We will not second-guess any ticket purchase so it is up to you and your personal code as to whether you are eligible. The discounted tickets are being offered below cost. The loss is being offset by others’ contributions.

Can you buy tickets that night?

Gala tickets will not be available that night, but you may purchase a ticket on-site for the After Party at the Speakeasy.

Can I buy a table?

We have a very limited number of tables that can be reserved, so we aren’t selling tables, per se. However, tickets purchased in groups of 8 or more can receive a discount. Contact gala@apg100.org to arrange for your group purchase.

How do I sponsor?

Sponsorship packages are described at apg100.org/gala. If you have any questions about sponsorship, contact joan@apg100.org.

What does the event benefit?

Proceeds from the APG Centennial Gala will benefit the Aberdeen Proving Ground Technology Heritage Education Center (ATHEC), a discovery center where students of all ages explore, experience, invent, create, and play with technology, leading them to a greater understanding of the scientific principles at play and the history of that technology’s development.

The ACCA’s goals are modest –  to create the most visited tourist attraction north of Baltimore. We want families, retirees, history buffs, and students from all around the Mid-Atlantic to travel to the ATHEC to explore science and technology and be inspired to create and innovate. We want to tell the stories of the region’s rich technology heritage and contribution to society. We want to create an interactive space where we can light a fire of discovery in students of all ages and from all backgrounds. For 100 years, Harford County has been home to some of the most brilliant minds in science and technology. Their inventions have changed how people live, work, and play around the globe. It is only fitting that Harford County is also home to a world-class science Discovery Center, the APG Technology Heritage Education Center.

At the ATHEC, students of all ages step back in time to experience a day in the life of APG inventors, such as Herman Heine Goldstine, creator of the first computer, the ENIAC. And then they trace that technology forward through the decades since, and see the incredible impact Mr. Goldstine had on the world. Or they can stand in the shoes of the laboratory chemist who invented and tested the first modern gas mask and then engage in a virtual reality demonstration of modern gas mask testing.

In other parts of the facility, students engage in interactive exhibits that demonstrate computer programming, how email travels from one place to another, how cell phones work, how dogs are trained to sniff explosives, and much more. In each exhibit area, stories are told about specific individuals that worked at APG – extraordinary inventors and ordinary workers. In this way, students make a connection with STEM careers past and present.

ATHEC classrooms are set up to accommodate laboratory exploration. Students, under the supervision of a teacher, learn about biological and chemical sciences. In other labs students are exploring properties of physical sciences.

In large multi-purpose rooms, workshops and presentations take place. Non-profit groups come in to use the facility for events like Science Cafes or after school field trips. APG leaders meet their VIP and dignitaries at the ATHEC to start a day of tours. Professional associations hold their Ted Talks on science topics at the ATHEC. Families drop in for workshops on specific topics, like the physics of ice skating. Student groups visit from school systems in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, to take part in exhibits that are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Community organizations have exhibits in the ATHEC to tell their own stories… i.e. the story of Bluegrass Materials and the technology of mining or the story of APG Federal Credit Union and the science of money.

With the ACCA’s vision in mind – that ATHEC will be a community asset designed to inspire education and innovation in STEM for students of all ages – there are many steps we must take before this vision is fully realized. To join the planning team, contact info@apg100.org.

For more information, please contact gala@apg100.org or call 410-838-ARMY.

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