Gala attendees celebrate aboard the ‘Orient Express’

Patrons of the Prado held its annual gala July 18 in Balboa Park. Themed “Intrigue on the Orient Express,” the event took guests on a “journey.” Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres as well as live and silent auctions took place at the Casa Del Prado Patio (Victoria Station). Dinner prepared by Jeffrey Strauss was served at The Cascades by the Evenson Fountain (the Jardin des Tuileries part of the journey). Grammy winner Steve Tyrell performed.

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The final portion of the journey took guests back to the Casa Del Prado Patio (Topkapi Palace Istanbul) for dancing to NRG and a dessert buffet.

The gala was co-chaired by Elisabeth Bergan and Anita Crider.

Patrons of the Prado was founded in 1997 to raise funds for programs and initiatives of the museums and arts organizations along the Prado in Balboa Park. The organization has raised approximately $1.5 million to date via the annual galas. Three museums receive money annually on a rotating basis.

This year’s beneficiaries included the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Natural History Museum and Timken Museum of Art.