Patrons of the Prado Gala: ‘Full Steam Ahead’


Patrons of the Prado held the “19th annual Masterpiece Gala: Full Steam Ahead” event July 9 at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Patrons of the Prado is an all-volunteer group devoted to the arts and cultural institutions on the Prado in Balboa Park that raises unrestricted funds, and also provides grants for “Bucks for Buses,” the organization’s signature program that provides transportation funding to underserved San Diego school children so they may enjoy the educational experiences of Balboa Park. Last year, Patrons granted a total of $650,000 to its 11 beneficiaries.

This year’s gala depicted the Steampunk theme, portraying what San Diegans in 1916 might have anticipated the future - 2016 - to look like. The event also honored Audrey Geisel. Visit