Patrons of the Prado Gala


Patrons of the Prado, a philanthropic organization that supports arts and cultural institutions in Balboa Park, held its annual fundraising gala, “California Dreamin’,” July 14 by the Bea Evenson Fountain in Balboa Park.

Beneficiaries were honored at a brief award ceremony and guests enjoyed dinner by Jeffrey Strauss, chef of Pamplemousse Grille, and dancing to the Wayne Foster Orchestra.

Since its founding in 1998, Patrons of the Prado (POP) members have raised and awarded $2 million to 11 beneficiaries. To celebrate this milestone, the organization also created its first annual awards program to recognize individuals who have served each of the 11 member institutions in an outstanding manner.

Patrons of the Prado also honored POP founders Kathleen Buoymaster and Barbara MCColl. 2012 Gala co-chairs include Ellen Zinn, Arlene Esgate, Jeanne Jones, Lynne Wheeler, Pam Palisoul and Sandy Redman. Photos/Jon Clark