‘Monte Carlo: Glamping’ event benefits Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego


The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) presented its 39th annual benefit “Monte Carlo: Glamping” Sept. 12 at its La Jolla location.

This year, guests were invited to a glamping-themed affair, where glamour meets the outdoors. The party began with a cocktail hour that got 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, greeted guests at the door while retro vocalist Celeste Barbier and her winged companion, Oiseau the parrot, performed inside the Museum. Guests enjoyed the thematic artworks of Artist Ambassador Matthew Mahoney.

Chef Giuseppe Ciuffa of Giuseppe Restaurants and Fine Catering hosted an elegant dinner under the stars.

The After Party began when DJ Man-Cat took the stage and ignited the dancefloor. Guests were 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 participated in the dinner portion of the evening were granted access to the VIP Diamond Ice Lounge with exclusive couture desserts, fine liqueur tastings, and piano tunes by Randy Beecher.

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

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Photos by Vincent Andrunas.