Patrons of the Prado Awards

Patrons of The Prado Unveil a New Commemorative Plaque -

The ICON Award for Arts and Culture and Award Annual Grants

(Balboa Park, San Diego, CA)—The unveiling of a new plaque commemorating the honorees of the prestigious Patrons of the Prado ICON Award for Arts and Culture was celebrated on Saturday, July 17, 2021, 4:30 – 6:30 pm. 

The Patrons of the Prado were proud to salute the 2020 honorees, Jack McGrory and Una Davis as well as the 2019 Inaugural Recipients, Harvey and Sheryl White at this ceremony in the May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden of The San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park. The Balboa Park Committee approved installation of the plaque in the park in early 2020, but celebrating the unveiling was postponed due to the pandemic.

The Patrons’ ICON Award recognizes the contributions of individuals who are dedicated to enriching and advancing the vitality of the arts, science and culture of Balboa Park and the San Diego community. The Whites were the first recipients of the award, honored for their legacy of enduring influence and support of the arts in Balboa Park.

Jack McGrory and Una Davis are long time supporters of many cultural institutions in Balboa Park. “Balboa Park is the most important cultural center in San Diego,” said McGrory.  “It is a worldwide attraction and the heart and soul of the city.” Jack, a former San Diego City Manager, was instrumental in restoring the physical landscape of the park. 

Balboa Park’s buildings were temporary structures built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition and were badly deteriorating in the 1980’s.  He spearheaded the restoration of these iconic buildings between 1990-1995 during his tenure at the city. Jack and Una were Honorary Chairs of Patron’s 2015 Masterpiece Gala to celebrate the historic milestone of the 100-year anniversary of Balboa Park, and Jack was instrumental in helping Patrons raise a record amount to support the Patron’s beneficiaries.

Founded in 1997, Patrons of the Prado have been committed to raising funds to benefit the museums, theatres and science centers on the Prado. Patrons also provide San Diego County School students, grades K-12, access to both transportation and educational outreach programs (virtual and in-person) provided by these beneficiary institutions. 

Since inception, Patrons has raised nearly $4,697,000 to support their ten beneficiaries: Fleet Science Center, Mingei International Museum, Museum of Photographic Art, The Old Globe, San Diego History Center, San Diego Junior Theater, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Natural History Center, Timken Museum of Art and Museum of Us (formerly known as Museum of Man).