Betty Knight Scripps to Chair 79th Annual Candlelight Ball

San Diego – For the sixth consecutive year, philanthropist and newspaper heiress Betty Knight Scripps will serve as General Chairman of the 79th Annual Candlelight Ball, to benefit Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Through Mrs. Scripps’ outstanding generosity and leadership, the annual fundraising event has raised more than $13 million to support lifesaving care at Scripps La Jolla.

One of the oldest, most prestigious and highly anticipated social events in San Diego, the Candlelight Ball will usher in the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008. This year, the ball will take place at a new, elegant venue: the Grand Del Mar. Renowned for its glorious décor, exquisite dining and festive music, this year’s ball will also include an appearance by guest of honor, Academy Award-winning actor and La Jolla native Cliff Robertson.

“It is a privilege to continue the historic philanthropic efforts of the Scripps family,” says Mrs. Scripps, a Rancho Santa Fe resident. “I am committed to supporting Scripps Health and the premier health care services it has provided to our community for more than 80 years.”

In addition to her work on behalf of the Candlelight Ball, Mrs. Scripps, who is president of Scripps Enterprises Inc., is a dedicated supporter of health care and the arts, including the Mayo Clinic, the University of Virginia (where the Scripps Library has been established at its Miller Center), the American Red Cross, the English National Ballet, and Friends of Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE). The Scripps League Education and Research Fund has provided financial assistance to students at Brigham Young University’s School of Journalism for many years.

To learn more about the 79th Annual Candlelight Ball, please visit or call 858-678-7174.

About Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla

Established in 1924 by Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, one of the county’s six designated trauma centers, offers a wide range of clinical and surgical services including 24-hour emergency services; intensive care; interventional cardiology and radiology; radiation oncology; cardiothoracic and orthopedic services; neurology; ophthalmology; and mental health and psychology services.

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla is also San Diego’s first and only Magnet Hospital as designated by the American Nurses Association for quality patient care.

Contact: Laura Dennison
Phone: 858-678-7171