Friday, May 20, 2016 - 12:52 pm

San Diego, CA—The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will present its 40th annual benefit, Monte Carlo: Bollywood, from 6:30 PM to 1 AM on Saturday, September 10, at its La Jolla location.

Monte Carlo is an annual San Diego tradition and one of the most popular social events in the region. Serving as MCASD’s primary fundraiser, the event has raised almost $5 million in the last 15 years for MCASD’s exhibitions and education programs. 

Monte Carlo: Bollywood will begin with a chic cocktail reception at 6:30 PM, followed by an 8 PM dinner in an open-air, seaside dining room. This year’s dining experience will feature an open kitchen concept where guests can see their dinner being prepared. Following dinner, guests will transition to the Monte Carlo After Party, an event unto itself. Tickets to the After Party may be purchased separately for $100 each. 

Lisette and Michael “Mick” Farrell are the 2016 Monte Carlo event chairs. “As longstanding Members of MCASD we‘re proud and honored to host this legendary fête,” said Lisette Farrell. “The funds raised at this event will benefit MCASD’s robust schedule of exhibitions and education programs, and we cannot think of a better cause to support.” 

The Farrells are longtime Contemporary Collector Members at MCASD and have a strong history of support at various San Diego non-profit organizations. Lisette, who has been volunteering since college, is currently a member on the board of trustees for the San Diego Symphony, Voices for Children, and Las Patronas. She is also a member of the Symphony’s auxiliary group, the Symphony Notables, who raise funds for the Symphony’s outreach and education programs. She has served as chair or co-chair for galas at the New Children’s Museum, Voices for Children, and the San Diego Zoo. 

Mick Farrell is the CEO for ResMed, a global company that manufactures products to diagnose and treat sleep apnea, and has held numerous positions at the company leading up to his appointment in March of 2013. He also serves on the board of directors of Zimmer Biomet, a multi-billion dollar public company that provides implantable musculoskeletal medical devices for patients globally. Mick is a member of the Compensation and Management Development committee as well as the Research, Innovation and Technology committee at Zimmer Biomet. He also serves on the ResMed board of directors as well as on the board of directors of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), based in Washington, DC. An arts enthusiast eager to support institutions in his hometown, Mick volunteers as a trustee for both the La Jolla Playhouse and the San Diego Museum of Man. 

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

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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 4,700 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. 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.