MCLinc has supported the Children’s Museum Gala for over a decade


Barry Stephenson has smoked barbecue for events and has donated numerous bottles of his signature barbecue sauce at auction to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge (CMOR) over the past 15 years.

The laboratory he runs, Materials & Chemistry Laboratory Inc. (MCLinc), owned by his employees, has been a sponsor of CMOR events for more than a decade. This year, MCLinc is a major sponsor of the “Big Wave” for the Children’s Museum Gala on December 3, donating $ 7,500 to the Museum.

“We are particularly proud to offer sponsorship this year as our Executive Vice President and Laboratory Director, Michele Sanders, is a member of the CMOR Board of Directors,” said Stephenson, President and CEO of MCLinc. “We continue to view the museum as one of Oak Ridge’s great assets.

The gala, themed “Surf’s Up”, will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, December 3 at the Museum, 461 West Outer Drive, Oak Ridge. The 20th annual gala will feature a beach-themed night with dinner, musical entertainment, and some ocean science mixed in.

Stephenson said he believes contributing to organizations that preserve Oak Ridge’s history is one of the best uses for MCLinc’s charitable dollars. CMOR’s “Tough Decisions” exhibit and the Ed Westcott photo exhibit educate museum visitors about the city’s involvement in the Manhattan Project during World War II.

“We are also committed to supporting educational programs, and the Children’s Museum does a great job in education,” added Sanders, who joined the Museum’s Board of Trustees last spring and is a volunteer on the gala committee.

MCLinc, located for approximately 20 years at the old K-25 site, purchased a new facility at 161 Mitchell Road in Oak Ridge in 2018. The lab became a commercial enterprise after the end of a government contract for a lab on the former K-25 site, and employees formed MCLinc in 1998. MCLinc is a specialized applied business research and analysis laboratory and consulting organization providing services to commercial and government clients.

“We are grateful for the support MCLinc, Barry Stephenson and Michele Sanders provide to the Children’s Museum and for their commitment to supporting the Museum for many years,” said Beth Shea, Executive Director of CMOR.

Tickets for the Gala cost $ 125 per person. A table for eight can be purchased for $ 800. Tickets can be purchased at: If you cannot attend, you can donate to Call Beth Shea at CMOR at (865) 482-1074 or email her at [email protected] to learn more about Gala sponsorships or for more information.

The Museum has focused on the safety of COVID-19 during its operations during the pandemic and is committed to providing a safe in-person event. To comply with new state legislation enacted on November 12, the museum, an entertainment venue, is asking gala guests to voluntarily provide one of the following: proof of a negative COVID-19 test not more than 48 hours before the event, proof of COVID-19 Antibody, or proof of vaccination. Your ticket confirmation will include information on how to provide it, either before the gala or at check-in. This information will be kept strictly confidential and shredded immediately after the event.


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