Spotlight 2018 - SOLD OUT
Feb 24 - Peninsula

Spotlight is an MIT tradition that combines a gala sit-down dinner with a presentation from a distinguished MIT alum, or member of the MIT community, who has truly embodied the MIT spirit “Mens et Manus” and made unparalleled contributions to make a Better World.

Spotlight 2018 award will be presented to Prof. Nergis Mavalvala in recognition of her contributions in the observation of the gravitational waves as part of the Nobel Prize winning LIGO team.

In 2018, Spotlight just gets bigger, better, and more fun. Polish your brass rats and join us a memorable evening.

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It’s free!

Dress Code:

Formal dress is recommended (but optional) - suits or tuxedos for the men and cocktail dresses for the women. This is a special occasion, so why not dress up?

Tax Deductions

Contributions to MIT Club of Northern California, a registered 501 (C) (3) tax-exempt organization, are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. MIT Club of Northern California Tax ID# 94-2521297.

Since we are a non-profit, you can deduct the non-cost value of each ticket you buy. Check the following table for how much you can deduct from taxes.

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  • Tickets are non-refundable
  • Tickets can be transferred up until three weeks prior
  • The ticket can only be used by the ticket holder

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Date and Time

Saturday, February 24, 2018
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM PT

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VIP and General Receptions
05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Gourmet Sit-down Dinner
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Nergis Mavalvala Interview and Q&A
08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Dessert Buffet, Dancing and Arcade Games
09:00 PM - 11:00 PM


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