Patrons of the Prado’s Masterpiece Gala
Patrons of the Prado presents their 19th annual Masterpiece Gala: Full Steam Ahead at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. The energetic, tight-knit, all-volunteer group devoted to the arts and cultural institutions on the Prado in Balboa Park raises unrestricted funds, and 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.
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 to look like. The gala begins at 6pm 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. Gala chairs are Arlene Esgate and Kristi Pieper. Gala attire is Steampunk glam or black tie.
“As we move Full Steam Ahead our eye is boldly on the future of Balboa Park. For this year’s gala, we looked to 19th century industrial steam power and the retro-futuristic inspirations that transcend time and culture,” shares Esgate. With fashion, art ,and technology more intrinsically connected than ever before, our Steampunk theme purposefully and stylishly celebrates old, new, and reinvention while generating needed annual funding of exhibitions, publications, education programs, transportation, and more for our beneficiaries.”
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.