More than 5,000 needy families will receive annual passes to Balboa Park‘s museums thanks to a $1 million philanthropic effort announced Tuesday.
In honor of the park’s centennial this year, 17 park institutions and 75 benefactors are donating the funds to purchase Explorer Passes. Recipients will be chosen with the help of San Diego nonprofit organizations, and as many as 30,000 people could benefit.
“With this donation, even more San Diegans will be able to enjoy this rich cultural destination,” said Deborah Klochko, president of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership. She spoke at a ceremony in the park announcing the donation.
The Explorer Pass program was launched a year ago and has been a huge success. A one-year family pass costs $199 if purchased.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the donation shows the generosity of San Diego and will open the city’s “crown jewel” to more people. “Having this Explorer Pass…is going to put so many smiles on so many families’ faces,” he said.
Hector Bravo, principal of Balboa Elementary School in the low-income Shelltown neighborhood, said that donated passes will provide an opportunity for many students to visit the museums for the first time. A number of students from the school were present for the announcement, drawing pictures as officials spoke.
Nonprofits interested in recommending families for the program can find more information online at CommunityAccessPass.org.
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