UNFORGETTABLE KNIGHT: Betty Knight Scripps was general chair of the record-setting 77th annual Candlelight Ball at the Del Mar Country Club. She personally contributed more than $1 million and challenged patrons to match her donation. They didn’t disappoint—380 supporters raised an unprecedented $3 million for Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Oscar-winning actor and La Jolla native Cliff Robertson was the guest of honor.
NICE (TRAY) PASS: Charger Donnie Edwards hosted the third annual Jump for Life Celebrity Waiter Dinner at Pamplemousse Grille to benefit his after-school program, which assists children in making healthy choices. Other sports-celeb waiters included LaDainian Tomlinson, Philip Rivers, Shaun Phillips, Brian Giles, Terrell Davis, Robert Griffith, Luis Castillo, Quentin Jammer, Shawne Merriman, Lorenzo Neal, Vincent Jackson, Nate Kaeding, Antonio Gates and Trevor Hoffman.
SILVER LINING: St. Germaine Children’s Charity hosted the 23rd annual Silver Tea at the La Jolla home of Sharon and Joel Labovitz, where 300 guests gathered to support county programs that prevent child abuse. Paula Taylor chaired.
BUZZWORTHY: Gaslamp hot spot Stingaree celebrated its one-year mark by throwing a Cosmic Anniversary party. Co-owner James Brennan helped unveil the bright orange “Get Stung” Hummer stretch limo. Black-and-silver-bedecked guests sipped signature cocktails and noshed on cuisine prepared by resident chef Antonio Friscia.
SUGAR AND SPICE: Sally Thornton and the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County honored Chairman Daniel Tucker of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation at Gingerbread City 2006, featuring the 13th annual Gingerbread Design Competition. Held at the U.S. Grant hotel, the contest showcased the handiwork of area chefs, to the benefit of the Epilepsy Foundation.
PERFECT VISION: The Vision of Children, a nonprofit dedicated to curing childhood blindness and vision disorders, hosted an evening with acclaimed Italian opera tenor Andrea Bocelli. The event, which raised $550,000, began with an intimate gathering at the Four Seasons Aviara, continued with a performance by Bocelli and was capped by a champagne reception attended by the singer.
IN FULL BLOOM: The Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA hosted the 2006 Poinsettia Ball at its Encinitas facility to fund scholarships for underprivileged youth and families in the community. Lizbeth Ecke chaired; Richard Houk emceed.
BLONDE AMBITION: Supporters of the Balboa Theatre Foundation joined “Marilyn Monroe” on the Stingaree rooftop for an alfresco reception, dance party and auction of some of the legendary actress’s sexiest prints. Proceeds were directed toward the restoration and reopening of the Balboa Theatre.
BORDER ORDER: More than 300 friends of the San Diego Natural History Museum gathered for Dos Aquilas (Two Eagles), a binational fiesta cochaired by Yolanda Walther-Meade and daughter Yolanda S. Walther-Meade. Christy Walton and Rodolfo Ogarrio were honored for their contributions to cross-border cooperation and environmental understanding in the San Diego–Baja California region.
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Doctors from the University of California, San Diego and other medical institutions were honored for performing 300-plus operations and corrective surgeries on disadvantaged children in developing countries through the Variety Children’s Lifeline organization. The reception was hosted at the Del Mar home of Salah Hassanien, chairman of VCL, and fashion designer Zandra Rhodes. UCSD chancellor Marye Anne Fox was on hand to help honor the physicians.
MAN-TASTIC: The San Diego Museum of Man hosted a private reception to celebrate its 90th anniversary. Mayor Jerry Sanders joined the museum’s board of trustees to fête the Balboa Park institution’s nine decades.