La Jolla Benefits & Galas, Aug. 11


The 48th annual Scripps Clinic Invitational will be held Sept. 9 at Torrey Pines Golf Course. On Sept. 10, a special celebration will take place to mark the opening of the newest Scripps Clinic location, the John R. Anderson V Medical Pavilion on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.

The golf tournament will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Torrey Pines South Golf Course, 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, and an awards reception will follow at 5 p.m. at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. The Sept. 10 event will take place on the campus of Scripps La Jolla at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception, culinary stations with a variety of wines and cuisine, silent and live auctions, live entertainment and dancing.

The seven-level, 175,000-square-foot Scripps Clinic facility was constructed with help of a $25 million donation from Eileen and John “Jack” Anderson IV, and named for their son. It will offer outpatient clinical services in a variety of medical and surgical specialties, and is one of only two clinics in California operating full-service outpatient catheterization laboratories outside a hospital. The building is connected by bridge to the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute.

For event tickets call (858) 678-7174, e-mail or visit

The Salk Institute will celebrate 21 years of Symphony at Salk, its signature Concert Under the Stars, with Broadway luminary Kelli O'Hara and San Diego Symphony led by guest conductor Maestro Thomas Wilkin, 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 on the courtyard of the Louis Kahn-designed Institute, 10010 North Torrey Pines Road. Tickets, $300, include a Champagne reception and gourmet dinner to support the Institute’s research that has yielded more than 50 years of life-changing discoveries and its educational outreach programs.

The 23rd annual Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational returns to the beach near Scripps Pier in La Jolla, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21 to support cancer research and patient care at UC San Diego Health. Tyler Callaway, four-time national surfing champion and coach of the UC San Diego Surf Team, and La Jolla native Jon Roseman of the legendary Tavarua Island Resort in Fiji are serving as co-chairs. Bob Hurley, founder and chairman of Hurley, is the honorary chair.

A San Diego tradition, the Invitational brings together surfers, scientists and community members to compete in the contest to support the fight against cancer. The luau follows at 11:30 a.m. with live entertainment and a tropical buffet. Live and silent auctions will feature one-of-a-kind pieces of surf-inspired artwork, exceptional surfboards and vacation packages. The program closes with the presentation of the Rell Sunn Award, which honors an individual who has made a difference in the battle against cancer and who embodies the “aloha spirit.” The 2016 honoree is businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford. The surf tournament is free for viewing, tickets to the luau are $200. (858) 822-5630.

This year’s 27th annual Athenaeum Gala will celebrate “Hawaii,” with a theme that will play out in the cuisine, beverages, décor and entertainment for the party, 6:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 at the Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. After dinner there will be dancing and a silent auction. Tickets at

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s 40th annual Monte Carlo Gala at 700 Prospect St., will be a Bollywood Bash, this year. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 with cocktails, dinner, auctions and entertainments; an after-party runs through 1 a.m. Chairs Lisette and Mick Farrell report proceeds will support MCASD exhibitions and education programs. For tickets at a variety of price points, call (858) 454-3541, ext. 162 or visit