The 83rd Annual Candlelight Ball, held Dec. 1, 2012, raised more than $2 million to benefit lifesaving care at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla , with generous support from philanthropist and newspaper heiress Betty Knight Scripps.
In recognition of Mrs. Scripps’ continued generosity and community support, the iconic plaza in front of Scripps La Jolla will be named in her honor as The Betty Knight Scripps Plaza.
More than 400 guests began the joyful evening with a champagne toast, followed by an exquisite gourmet dinner, a contemporary ballroom dance performance and lively dancing to The Bob Hardwick Sound.
Known for its spectacular décor, guests were escorted down a regal 52-foot red carpeted walkway trimmed in lush gardens of flowers and candles, including three varieties of red roses, cream cymbidium orchids, cream sahar and camel roses, coral peonies, bright pink hydrangea, red mokara orchids, coral amaryllis and white and pink French tulips.
In addition to Mrs. Scripps’ Chairmanship of the Candlelight Ball, her philanthropic activities are numerous both nationally and internationally.