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Funds raised will provide vital support for MCASD’s exhibitions and education programs
July 10, 2014

San Diego, CA—The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will present Monte Carlo Jet Set, the Museum’s 38th annual benefit fundraiser, on Saturday, September 6 from 6:30 PM to 1 AM at its La Jolla location.

This beloved and highly anticipated fundraiser will take “jet setting” guests around the globe, emulating celebrations from the world’s most iconic cities and highlighting their unique offerings.

John and Natasha Ippolito are the chairs of this year’s Monte Carlo. John and Natasha have been involved with the Museum since the early years of their marriage, beginning with their wedding at the Museum in 1992, before the 1996 Venturi renovation. John has served on the Museum’s Board of Trustees since 2011, and serves on four other Boards in San Diego including CommNexxus, the La Jolla Playhouse, the San Diego Opera, and La Jolla Youth Soccer. John is the Region President of Northern Trust overseeing San Diego.  La Jolla native Natasha is a veteran high school English and Drama teacher at the Preuss School UCSD and works daily to foster a love of the arts with her students who will become the first generation in their families to attend college. In fact, two of her students currently serve on the Museum’s Teen Art Council. John and Natasha have two teenage sons who attend La Jolla High School.

Jet setters themselves, the Ippolito’s crafted the vision for this year’s Monte Carlo based on their own travels and arts and culture experiences in fabulous locales around the world.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception in New York City. Grand Central Station, Lower Eastside, China Town, and South Street Seaport will all be represented in the cuisine served during the cocktail hour. Local jazz ensemble Westside Inflection will provide classic ‘big band’ vibes.

Guests will then enjoy an authentic Italian meal al fresco presented by Chef Giuseppe Ciuffa of Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering. Dinner will be accompanied by a haute couture Lanvin fashion showcase.

The After Party, known as an event unto itself, will begin at 9:30 PM. Guests can imbibe champagne and dessert in Paris, smoke cigars and enjoy Macallan Scotch tasting in South Beach, roll the dice charity gambling in Monte Carlo, sip Suja cocktails in Brazil, and observe the inhabitants of Amsterdam’s sultry red light district. Guests won’t want to call it an early night at this epic party, which will end with New York City style pizza and a ball drop in “Times Square” at midnight.

This year includes the advent of the Jet Set Ambassadors, a group of San Diego movers-and-shakers that embody the spirit of MCASD’s growing audience. This group will promote Monte Carlo to their friends and acquaintances who have never attended the event before. First time Monte Carlo guests will be able to purchase “Avenue de Monte Carlo” tickets for $300. Jet Set Ambassadors include:

  • Shannon Bartlett
  • Carolin Botzendart
  • Sophie Bryan
  • Salem Ciuffa
  • Jessica Cline
  • Nicole Montoya
  • Jennifer Nelson
  • Douglas Raggio
  • Tamara Strauss
  • Steve Strauss
  • Lise Wilson

Individual tickets and tables are available at three levels: Champs-Élysées (VIP), Via Veneto and Fifth Avenue and Avenue de Monte Carlo. Tickets at the Champs-Élysées are $2,500 per person ($2,320 tax-deductible), $25,000 for a table of 10 and a VIP booth ($24,700 tax-deductible), and $30,000 for a table of 12 and a VIP booth ($29,340 tax-deductible). Champs-Élysées tickets include two tickets to the Underwriter Party, a special limited-edition gift from Lanvin, a tableside sommelier with champagne, and bottle service with a VIP booth at The After Party (this benefit with Champs-Elysees table purchase only). Tickets at the Via Veneto level are $1,250 per person ($1,080 tax-deductible), and $12,500 for a table of 10 ($10,800 tax-deductible). Tickets at this level include a special limited-edition gift from Lanvin, and preferred seating and wines. Tickets at the Fifth Avenue level are $650 per person ($500 tax-deductible), and $6,500 for a table of 10 ($5,000 tax-deductible). Avenue de Monte Carlo tickets are $300 per person ($225 tax deductible) and are for first time attendees and Avant Garde Members.

After Party tickets are  available a la cart for $100 for non-Members, $75 for Members, and $2,500 for a VIP booth with seating for 10 and bottle service ($1,500 tax-deductible).

All proceeds from Monte Carlo support MCASD’s education programs and exhibitions.

Tickets are now on sale. Purchase yours online at www.mcasd.org or e-mail montecarlo@mcasd.org

Monte Carlo Jet Set is presented by The San Diego County BMW Centers, with supporting sponsorship from South Coast Plaza, Lanvin, Northern Trust, and Riviera Magazine.  

Generous in-kind support is provided by Schubach Aviation, The Macallan, Suja Juice, Veedercrest Estates, Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria and Stone Brewing Co.

The Monte Carlo Fundraiser – A San Diego Tradition

For the last 38 years the Monte Carlo benefit, which takes on a different theme each year, has been an annual tradition and one of the most popular social events in San Diego. Monte Carlo serves as the Museum’s primary annual fundraiser, and has raised more than $9 million in the last 20 years for MCASD’s exhibitions and education programs. This year’s Monte Carlo chairs are John and Natasha Ippolito.

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Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum’s collection includes more than 4,000 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Dr. Hugh M. Davies is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD.

Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

Leah Straub, Communications & Marketing Manager, 858 454 3541 x119, lstraub@mcasd.org

Patricia B. Dwyer, Communications Associate, 858 454 3541 x116, pdwyer@mcasd.org