Patrons of the Prado announced the 2019 benefit gala theme “MASTERPIECE in Morocco”, to be held on July 13, 2019, at the iconic Spreckels Organ Pavilion, set in the Crown Jewel of San Diego -- Balboa Park.

MASTERPIECE in Morocco will whisk guests away to a beautiful, enchanted oasis filled with vibrant colors, exotic dining, dancing, and lively entertainment under the canopy of brilliant stars—all to support Patrons’ beneficiaries. The event is Patron of the Prado’s main source of annual funding that goes directly to ten Balboa Park museums, theatres, and institutions to advance their educational missions and continue the legacy of showcasing the world’s treasures, natural wonders, scientific discoveries and beauty.

New to the gala is Patrons’ inaugural ICON Award for Arts & Culture to be presented to Sheryl and Harvey White. The award recognizes both their past and current contributions to the Arts, and the impact of their endeavors on the cultural heritage of San Diego.

2019 Major Funding Beneficiaries include Fleet Science Center, San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Museum of Art, The Old Globe, Timken Museum of Art.

All ten beneficiaries also receive Bucks4Buses grants, including Mingei International Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego History Center, San Diego Museum of Man, and San Diego Natural History Museum.

Every year a portion of the evening showcases the impact of the funds raised through the Bucks4Buses grant initiative. This invaluable resource provides the funds to bring underserved students into the Park to experience first-hand the wonder and magic of our cultural Beneficiary partners. In 2018, 57,000 students visited the Park as a result of these grants.

The evening begins with sunset cocktails at 6:00 pm. Dining begins at 7:30 pm, catered by Executive Chef Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille.  At 9:30, the evening will continue with music and dancing under the moonlight provided by The Mighty Untouchables. Attire for the gala is formal or a touch of “Moroccan Flair.” Complimentary Valet Parking is available.

Tickets for MASTERPIECE in Morocco Gala are available online at Individual tickets are $500. A VIP Table for 10 is $10,000; a Gala Table for 10 is $5,000. Additional sponsorship and underwriter opportunities are available. Please visit  For more information on the 2019 Gala contact or call 858-256-6140.


  • Occurred Thursday, June 13th, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Spreckels Organ Pavillion

2125 Pan American Rd E
San DIego, CA 92101

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