Dear friends of C2ST,
Given the growing threat of COVID-19, C2ST is implementing large-scale changes to the way our organization will interact with Chicago residents for the foreseeable future. As you may have seen by now, we have cancelled many of our upcoming in-person events. This now includes our annual “Science in the City” Gala.
As much as it breaks our hearts to do this, we know that it is the right decision to make at this time. Beyond preventing us from interacting with our wonderful friends and supporters, we will also be losing out on what is our most important yearly fundraising opportunity–the gala is historically where we generate a great deal of our funds to be used for upcoming programming.
In order to adapt to these changes while maintaining our mission to provide science and technology education to the Chicago area, C2ST is hosting “Science From the Frontlines,” an ongoing series of virtual events tackling topics such as vaccines, public health, community best practices, and other subjects relevant to the COVID-19 epidemic. This series of virtual events serves as a fundraiser for C2ST and organizations on the frontline in the battle against COVID-19–organizations like the Illinois PPE Network.
Here are the virtual events we’ve put on so far:
- 3D Printing PPE
- Fighting COVID-19
- Perceptions and Public Understanding of COVID-19
- COVID-19 Control Measures in Zhejiang, China
- Virus Entry Into Cells
- Sanitizer & Sprites
- Gender Disparities in COVID-19 Cases
- Racial Disparity in COVID-19 Cases
While we are concerned about our continued well-being as an organization, we know that our community is also in peril. To make sure we are doing our part for the community, 50% of all donations from the “Science From the Frontlines” series will go towards making PPE for frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19. When you make a donation during this campaign, not only will you be ensuring that cutting-edge science will be accessible to the public, but you will also be helping the effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Please stay tuned for details about our upcoming programs and fundraising efforts. We look forward to seeing you online!
The C2ST Team