Patrons of the Prado’s Masterpiece Gala, in celebration of Balboa Park’s 100-year anniversary of the Panama-California International Exposition will take place on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. This will be the organization’s largest fundraiser to date, with an ambitious goal to raise significant financial support for the programs and initiatives of the 11 museums, arts and cultural institutions along The Prado of Balboa Park. To kick off the event, Patrons of the Prado (www.patronsoftheprado.org) has announced that Papa Doug and Geniya Manchester have accepted the invitation to serve as presenting sponsor and U-T San Diego as media sponsor.
The event honors San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “Balboa Park is the pride of our world-class city, so it’s only fitting that we come together to support the world class art and cultural institutions that reside within it,” Mayor Faulconer said. “This is yet another way San Diegans are uniting this year to celebrate and elevate Balboa Park for its centennial celebration.”
Arlene and Richard Esgate, and Jack McGrory will serve as gala chairs and early major sponsors. Other event sponsors include Malin Burnham; Bill Roper; Valerie and Harry Cooper; Kurt and Andrea Culver, EsGil Corp.; Catherine and Phil Blair; and Linda and Mel Katz.
Jack McGrory, one of three chairs for the 2015 Masterpiece Gala, stated, “Balboa Park is the jewel of San Diego and a fabulous source of education in the areas of history, culture, science, art, architecture, horticulture and so much more. It is a destination, not only for San Diegans, but for visitors from throughout the U.S. and the world.”
For information about Patrons of the Prado’s Masterpiece Gala or to register for the gala, please RSVP to (858) 256-6140, email email@example.com, or visit www.patronsoftheprado.org.