Masterpiece Gala 2016 – Full Steam Ahead was a huge success! Thank you for your participation and support!

The Spreckels Organ Pavilion grounds were transformed into a magical setting where arts and culture lovers, donors, Patrons and corporate leaders mingled in glamourous steampunk style to celebrate our beloved Balboa Park.

We are beyond grateful to our dynamic and dedicated team including gala chair, Arlene Esgate, co-chair Kristi Pieper, president Micki Olin, gala committee members and volunteers who worked so hard to make this a most memorable Masterpiece Gala. Thank you to our generous sponsors and donors who enable us to raise funds to preserve and support our 11 beneficiaries and their world-class exhibitions and educational programming in Balboa Park.

Funds raised this year benefit 6 of the 11 cultural institutions along The Prado in Balboa Park including: Mingei International Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego Hall of Champions, San Diego History Center, San Diego Museum of Man, and the San Diego Natural History Museum. All 11 of our beneficiary institutions will receive grants dedicated to our Bucks for Buses initiative that provides transportation for under served school children to experience the rich cultural landscape of Balboa Park.