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Funds raised will provide vital support for MCASD’s exhibitions and education programs
August 5, 2015

San Diego, CA—The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will present its 39th annual benefit Monte Carlo: Glamping on Saturday, September 12, from 6:30 PM to 1 AM, at its La Jolla location.

This year, guests are invited to a glamping themed affair, where glamour meets the outdoors. The party begins with a cocktail hour that will get guests acclimated to the wild outdoors with bubbly from Veuve Clicquot, an Oyster Bar, and delicious campy cuisine. Jaw-harp and body percussion master, Danny “Slapjazz” Barber, will greet guests at the door while retro vocalist Celeste Barbier and her winged companion, Oiseau the parrot, perform inside the Museum. Guests will enjoy photo opportunities, and the thematic artworks of Artist Ambassador Matthew Mahoney.

Chef Giuseppe Ciuffa of Giuseppe Restaurants and Fine Catering will host an elegant dinner under the stars, providing Glampers with only the finest offerings from a menu created specifically for the event.

The After Party, an event with its own wild streak, will begin at 9:30 PM when DJ Man-Cat takes the stage and ignites the dancefloor. Guests are invited to dance the night away, sample local rum from Malahat Spirits in the Sunset Tasting Garden, and enjoy s’mores with a twist and cigars on the Ocean View Terrace. After Partiers who participate in the dinner portion of the evening will be granted access to the VIP Diamond Ice Lounge with exclusive couture desserts, fine liqueur tastings, and piano tunes by Randy Beecher.

A silent auction and opportunity drawing will take place during the event. You do not have to buy a Monte Carlo ticket or be present at the event in order to take part in the silent auction or opportunity drawing. Both are accessible through participants’ cell phones via GiveSmart. You can bid on packages or buy them instantly by visiting http://montecarloglamping.auction-bid.org/micro2.php, or by texting MCASD15 to 24700.

Melissa Garfield Bartell, Rusti Bartell, and Helene Zimanare this year’s Monte Carlo chairs. All three women are San Diego locals who have contributed greatly to both the art community and the city’s philanthropic community. This will be the third gala they’ve co-chaired together.

Melissa Garfield Bartell grew up in La Jolla, where she currently resides. After graduating from USC’s MFA program, Melissa pursued her creative passions as both a fabric designer for a Los Angeles-based clothing company, and as a ceramic and mosaic artist. Melissa and her husband Michael are both art collectors, amassing a collection of works by emerging and mid-career artists from around the world. Melissa and Michael are founding members of MCASD’s Contemporary Collectors group; they have belonged to the International Collectors group for many years; and are active members of MCASD’s Board of Directors with Melissa having also served as Chair of the Nominating Committee, Chair of the Collections Committee, and Co-Chair of the Travel Committee.

Rusti Bartell, sister-in-law of Melissa Garfield Bartell, is also a native San Diegan. She is active in the San Diego philanthropic community as a member of the Dow Diva Investment Group, which supports numerous charitable organizations including MCASD. Rusti is also involved in the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Women’s Auxiliary of Seacrest Village Retirement Communities, and The Salvation Army.

Helene Ziman is an award-winning interior designer, born and raised in the San Diego area. She is a life-long friend of Melissa Bartell. She founded her interior design firm, Helene Ziman and Associates, more than 25 years ago. Her firm has been featured in publications such as Architectural Digest, Architectural Digest International, Luxe Magazine, San Diego Home and Garden, and San Diego Magazine. She was also listed in the Who’s Who of Interior Designers in the United States. Helene has chaired multiple fundraisers and has been involved with numerous organizations including La Jolla Country Day School, the Seacrest Fashion Show, San Diego Opera, the Jewish Women’s Foundation, American Society of Interior Decorators, Second Chance, Dress for Success, and Habitat for Humanity.

Tickets to the Monte Carlo After Party—Glamping Gone Wild—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 tableside service ($1,500 tax-deductible). Individual tickets and tables for the Monte Carlo: Glamping dinner are available at three levels: Treetops (VIP), Airstream, Yurt, and Cabin. Tickets at the Treetops are $2,500 per person ($2,320 tax-deductible), $25,000 for a table of 10 and access to the VIP Diamond Ice Lounge ($23,200 tax-deductible), and $30,000 for a table of 12 and access to the VIP Diamond Ice Lounge ($27,840 tax-deductible). Treetops tickets include two tickets to the Underwriters’ Party, a special limited-edition gift from artist Matthew Mahoney, champagne from Veuve Clicquot, premier seating, preferred wines, and a lavish shared seafood display (this benefit with Treetops table purchase only). Tickets at the Airstream 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 artist Matthew Mahoney, and preferred seating and wines. Tickets at the Yurt level are $650 per person ($500 tax-deductible), and $6,500 for a table of 10 ($5,000 tax-deductible). Cabin level tickets are $300 per person ($225 tax-deductible) and are for first-time dinner attendees and Avant Garde Members only (limited quantity).

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

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

Monte Carlo: Glamping is presented by The San Diego County BMW Centers, with supporting sponsorship from Schubach Aviation, Cooley LLP, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, and Riviera Magazine

Generous in-kind support is provided by Veuve Clicquot, Van Cleef & Arpels, Golden Door Spa, Continental Catering Co., Baglioni Hotels, Finch’s Bistro & Wine Bar, The Macallan, Stone Brewing Co., Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Malahat Spirits Co., Fonteco, and CORE Natural.

For interviews and high-resolution images, please contact Communications & Marketing Manager Leah Straub or Communications Associate Patricia B. Dwyer. 

About Artist Ambassador Matthew Mahoney

Current Artist-in-Residence at the San Diego Art Institute, Matthew J. Mahoney is an artist from Palm Springs, California who currently lives and works in San Diego. He received his BA in Art Education from Point Loma Nazarene University, and his MFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design. His sculptural techniques evolved from years of practicing origami and fly-tying. His subject matter is derived from recognizable shapes, figuration, iconography, pop imagery, and material value. 

The Monte Carlo Fundraiser – A San Diego Tradition

For the last 38 years theMonte 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 Melissa Garfield Bartell, Rusti Bartell, and Helene Ziman.


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.


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

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