Patrons of the Prado Dedicates Time Capsule for 100th Anniversary

| December 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

 

Patrons of the Prado members are shown with the capsule ;(l to r) are Micki Olin, Arlene Esgate, Vicki Eddy and Kristi Pieper.

Patrons of the Prado members are shown with the capsule ;(l to r) are Micki Olin, Arlene Esgate, Vicki Eddy and Kristi Pieper.

Patrons of the Prado punctuated the end of an extraordinary centennial celebration with a special Centennial Time Capsule dedication. This unique buried collection contains artifacts of our lives and times with a focus on the cultural treasures of Balboa Park. It will lie in the Old Globe Craig Noel Garden tucked in a vault until the Bicentennial in 2115.

“This has been an outstanding year for Patrons of the Prado to both commemorate the Centennial year and reach new fundraising goals,” said Patrons of the Prado president Micki Olin. “Our Masterpiece Gala this year netted the organization $652,318. This empowered us to distribute a record $58,000 in proceeds to each of our 11 Balboa Park beneficiary institutions.” Since its inception, Patrons has raised nearly $3 million for the 11 beneficiaries, with nearly $200,000 going toward the Bucks for Buses program which started in 2012.

Key donors for the Patrons of the Prado Masterpiece Gala included Papa Doug and Geniya Manchester, Arlene and Richard Esgate, Jack McGrory, Valerie and Harry Cooper, Ray Carpenter / R. E. Staite Engineering, Kurt Culver / EsGil Corp, Mel Katz and Phil Blair / Manpower, Richard P. Woltman, Michael Casey, James Rogers and the David C. Copley Foundation.

It was an exceptional year for Balboa Park, which the American Planning Association named as one of six “Great Places” in America, representing the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.

Olin noted that the donations went to all 11 of their beneficiaries this year – a first in the history of Patrons of the Prado – including the San Diego Museum of Man; San Diego Museum of Art; San Diego History Center; The Old Globe Theatre; San Diego Junior Theatre; the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center; Museum of Photographic Arts; Mingei International Museum; Timken Museum of Art; San Diego Hall of Champions; and San Diego Natural History Museum.

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