Patrons of the Prado July 9th Steampunk-style Gala to honor Audrey Geisel

| July 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
Pictured are 2015 Masterpiece Gala Chairs Arlene and Richard Esgate.

Pictured are 2015 Masterpiece Gala Chairs Arlene and Richard Esgate.

Patrons of the Prado are coming off their hugely successful “2015 party of the century” and record fundraising, and are full throttle once again with another blockbuster for their 19th annual Masterpiece Gala: Full Steam Ahead. The celebration will be held Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

Patrons of the Prado is an energetic, tight-knit all-volunteer group devoted to the arts and cultural institutions on the Prado in Balboa Park that raises unrestricted funds, and as well provides grants for “Bucks for Buses,” their signature program that provides transportation funding to underserved San Diego school children so they may enjoy the rich educational experiences of Balboa Park. Last year, Patrons granted a total of $650,000 to their 11 beneficiaries.

Once again, Patrons of the Prado will transform the Organ Pavilion into an elaborate stage under the stars. Captivating decor and the iconic setting will depict the Steampunk theme, portraying what San Diegan’s in 1916 might have anticipated the future – 2016 – to look like. The gala begins at 6 p.m. and will take guests on a time-bending journey to a Steampunk-style wonderland, a masterpiece of art, science, entertainment, food, fashion, fun, and philanthropy.

The evening includes a VIP cocktail reception, live music performances by NRG, gourmet dinner from The Prado restaurant, auction and dancing. The 2016 Masterpiece Gala Chair is Arlene Esgate with Co-chair Kristi Pieper.

Patrons of the Prado is committed to raising funds to benefit eleven arts and science institutions on the Prado in Balboa Park, and for programs that provide educational access for San Diego school children to the world-class treasures of Balboa Park, inspiring cultural fluency for future generations. To date, Patrons has raised over $3 million to benefit these world-class institutions.

“We are thrilled to announce that the David C. Copley Foundation is providing a leadership matching grant of $50,000 to encourage others to support our Bucks for Buses program, which has been invaluable to our beneficiaries in their educational missions,” said Micki Olin, President of Patrons of the Prado. “We are proud to have the support of committed partners who have provided their time and resources, including Richard & Arlene Esgate, Michael & Jacquie Casey, Jack McGrory, Becky Moores, Dan & Barbie Spinazzola,California Bank & Trust, The Fish Market and Sharp Healthcare – each help to shine a bright light on our city’s cultural treasure, and inspire an appreciation of the arts for future generations.  We are especially honored to recognize Audrey Geisel for the inspiration and countless contributions she has made to the arts which enrich our community.”

Funds raised this year will benefit six of 11 cultural institution beneficiaries along the Prado in Balboa Park.

Tickets for Masterpiece Gala are available online at PatronsofthePrado.org. Tickets are $1,000 and $500. A VIP Table for 10 is $10,000; a general table for 10 is $5,000. Additional sponsorship and underwriter opportunities are available to view atwww.PatronsofthePrado.org.  For more information on the 2016 Gala contact pradopatrons@gmail.com or call (858) 256-6140.

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