Patrons of the Prado grants $400,000 to Balboa Park beneficiaries

Michael and Christine Maggiora, Ludvina Nevarez
Michael and Christine Maggiora, Ludvina Nevarez

Patrons of the Prado awarded $429,250 in funding for 2016 with $300,000 in funds presented to six museums at the Annual Director’s Meeting. Hosted during the holidays at the San Diego Museum of Art, the 2016 beneficiaries each received a check for $50,000 in unrestricted funding. These include: Mingei International Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego History Center, San Diego Hall of Champions, San Diego Museum of Man and the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Patrons of the Prado also awarded another $11,750 in grants for the Bucks for Buses program to all 11 beneficiaries (inclusive of San Diego Museum of Art, Timken Museum of Art, San Diego Junior Theatre, The Fleet Science Center, and The Old Globe Theatre) — $10,000 each had been granted to the 11 beneficiaries at a September event. The program supports transportation to bring students from underserved schools who have no resources to enjoy the cultural riches of Balboa Park.

“Because of Patrons of the Prado, nearly 30,000 students experienced Balboa Park last year,” said Patrons of the Prado president Kathryn Vaughn, “plus thousands more participated in educational programs based solely on the Bucks for Buses transportation and education program.”

The executive directors from each of the 11 beneficiary organizations shared how Patrons of the Prado makes a difference for each of them and expressed gratitude for the Bucks for Buses program. The theme for the 2017 Masterpiece Gala — “Noche de Sueños, a Night of Dreams” — was announced by gala chair Kristi Pieper along with co-chairs, Maria Stanley and Pam Wager. The annual event will be held July 8, 2017 at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Since Patrons was founded 20 years ago, nearly $3.5 million has been granted to the 11 beneficiaries.