Betty Knight Scripps honored at Candlelight Ball

LA JOLLA — The 81st annual Candlelight Ball, held Dec. 4, raised $2 million to benefit lifesaving care at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla with generous support from philanthropist and newspaper heiress Betty Knight Scripps. Scripps served as General Chairman of the black-tie event, making it the eighth consecutive year she provided philanthropic leadership to raise nearly $20 million.
Honoring the rich history of the Candlelight Ball, the more than 400 guests in attendance began the evening with a champagne toast. Commemorating the gala, Republican U.S. Congressman John Shadegg from Arizona recognized Scripps for her generous charitable contributions with a proclamation entered into the Congressional Record. He presented Scripps, viewed by many as the first lady of philanthropy, with the framed declaration during the Candlelight Ball celebration.
Scripps was also honored with a patriotic performance, including a medley sung by Danielle Tucker, The San Diego Master Chorale and marching on the colors performed by the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Color Guard.
Throughout the evening, guests were treated to gourmet dining, dancing to The Bob Hardwick Sound and holiday décor. The ball also included an appearance by guest-of-honor, Academy Award-winning actor and La Jolla native Cliff Robertson.
In addition to Scripps’ chairmanship of the Candlelight Ball, her philanthropic activities are numerous on a national and international level.
Established in 1924 by Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla has been one of Southern California’s premier medical centers for more than 85 years. Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla offers a wide range of clinical, surgical and specialty services including a Level II Trauma Center and 24-hour emergency services, intensive care, interventional cardiology and radiology, radiation oncology, cardiothoracic and orthopedic services, neurology, bariatric surgery and women’s health services. More information can be found at


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