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Shepard Society

The Adler’s Premier Philanthropy Circle

Established in 2002, The Alan B. Shepard Society celebrates Commander Shepard’s achievements and his legacy of exploration. Members of the Shepard Society make annual gifts of $1,000 and greater to support the Adler’s exhibitions, sky shows, and visitor programs; and help the Adler serve 550,000 visitors a year with inspiring science experiences. Shepard Society members also enable education, outreach, and research programs.

Shepard Society contributions are fully tax-deductible.

About Alan B. Shepard

In 1961, Commander Alan B. Shepard successfully completed America’s first manned space flight. His achievement electrified people around the world and sparked a decade of unparalleled discovery in space. Today, Commander Shepard’s legacy of adventure inspires our pursuit of knowledge about the universe and our place within it.

Leadership of The Alan B. Shepard Society

Chairs of The Alan B. Shepard Society are civic leaders who endorse the education, research, and advocacy mission of the Adler Planetarium. They provide leadership to the Adler and serve as ambassadors for the museum in the community.

Alan B. Shepard Society Leaders

Peter Langas, Chair

Member Levels and Benefits

JUPITER • $1,000–$2,499

Enjoy all of the following benefits for 2 cardholders, 6 guests, and up to 6 children (up to age 17):

  • Unlimited free general admission, theater tickets, and historic Atwood Sphere Experience (reserved show tickets with advance notice, based on availability)*
  • Invitations to special member events and VIP access to new sky shows
  • Invitations to exclusive Shepard Society events featuring leading scientists, experts, and explorers
  • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the museum, including the Doane Observatory*
  • 4 free Adler After Dark passes, plus discounted tickets to Adler After Dark, and other Adler Programs
  • Advance, discounted Summer Camp registration
  • 15% discount in the Adler Store and 10% discount in Cosmic Cafe
  • Members-only admission line and free coat check
  • Subscription to bi-annual AdlerStar Member Magazine and monthly e-news
  • Recognition on the Adler Universe of Donors Wall
  • Free general admission at participating ASTC science centers and museums nationwide (outside a 90-mile radius of the Adler)
  • One additional caregiver card*
SATURN • $2,500–$4,999

All of the above, plus:

  • Complimentary invitations to all Shepard Society events
  • One complimentary Annual Family Gift Membership*
NEPTUNE • $5,000–$9,999

All of the above, plus:

  • Personalized, behind-the-scenes visit and lunch including private tour of the Atwood Sphere Experience, Adler Collections, or Doane Observatory for up to 8 guests*
  • Scientist-led preview of new exhibitions and shows
NOVA • $10,000–$24,999

All of the above, plus:

  • Special Nova-level member event with President and CEO Michelle B. Larson, PhD
  • Discount on event space or one-time use of the Skyline Board Room (seats 20)*
  • Pre-show recognition in Skywatch Live! sky show for three months
POLARIS • $25,000+

All of the above, plus:

  • Complimentary one-time evening use of a museum gallery for a private event*
  • Dinner and private tour with President and CEO Michelle B. Larson, PhD*
  • Pre-show recognition in Skywatch Live! sky show for one year

*Arranged upon request


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