Patrons of the Prado
Supporting an extraordinary collection of arts and cultural institutions at Balboa Park

Co Chairs

The Prado is Balboa Park’s central promenade, a crown jewel famous for its historical artisan-crafted facades, lush gardens, sparkling pools and flowing fountains. The area is alive with highly prized attractions, exhibitions and performances. The Prado provides a world-class cultural and educational experience for the millions of locals and visitors from around the world who frequent Balboa Park each year.

Since 1997, Patrons of the Prado has funded over $3.6 million in unrestricted grants and provided tens of thousands of all-volunteer hours to benefit the distinguished array of arts, science and cultural organizations that occupy the Prado in Balboa Park. The Bucks4Buses Program, a core pillar of their mission, ensures access for the youth of our community to the high-quality educational programming made available by their ten beneficiaries. The Patrons of the Prado are committed to providing opportunities for young students to reap the benefits provided by science-based, hands-on programs, as well as exposure to the wide array of visual and performing arts offered in Balboa Park.


Fleet Science Center, Mingei International Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts,

San Diego History Museum, San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Museum of Art,

San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego Natural History Museum, The Old Globe,

Timken Museum of Art

You can help make an impact for a wide range of Balboa Park’s cultural landmarks and the future of our community’s arts, science and culture by supporting Patrons of the Prado on July 18, 2020 at their annual MASTERPIECE Gala, Midnight in Paris. Event Chairs Merridee Book, Roxi Link, Julie Novak, and President and Honorary Chair, Arlene Estate invite you to step back in time and be transported to the 1920s Paris of Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Picasso, Chagall, and other cultural luminaries.  1920s Paris belongs to us all – and the attire and decor will align with the carefree, joyous, bohemian existence immortalized in so many novels, paintings and films of the era.

To be a Sponsor, donor or for more information on the 2020 MASTERPIECE Gala, please contact Julie Novak at (858) 256-6140. For more information on Patrons of the Prado please visit

Honorary Committee PIC ID

Seated: Gala Chairs – Julie Cowan Novak, Roxi Link, Merridee Book

Standing: Ellen Bryson, Jennifer Kornreich, Honorary Chair and President, Arlene Esgate, Micki Olin, Clarice Perkins, Mary Ann Boanac

Not Pictured: Marie Tuthill and Lynne Wheeler, Union Bank, Sycuan, JMS Fund


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