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Ralph J. Comstock Jr. Light of Philanthropy Award

  • Next Date & Time

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    Friday, Oct 25, 2019 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
    (Single Session)
  • Venue & Location

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    (Stueckle Sky Center)
    1910 University Dr.
    Boise, ID 83725
  • Fee & Registration

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    $125, Registration Required


The Light of Philanthropy Award is given annually to individuals who reflect the spirit and philanthropic leadership of the late Ralph J. Comstock, Jr., demonstrating remarkable qualities in leadership, philanthropy, and humanitarianism benefiting St. Luke's and other worthy community charities.

Each year, the award recipients are honored at the St. Luke’s Ball.

  • No-host cocktail reception at 6.
  • Dinner and award program at 7. 
  • Live music and dancing following.

2019 Recipient: John Jackson

About Ralph J. Comstock, Jr. 

Ralph J. Comstock, Jr. was a philanthropist, leader, and humanitarian. Born in 1917 in Rexburg, he grew up in Idaho Falls, Nampa, and Pocatello.  Ralph graduated from the University of Idaho Southern Branch (now Idaho State University) and then from the University of Utah, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. 

While living in Utah, Ralph met Bernice (Bee) Broomfield, who became his wife of more than 50 years. Together, Ralph and Bee raised three children, Ralph, Robert, and Christine.

Following a tour of service in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in World War II, Ralph entered the banking industry where he rose to the highest executive office with First Security Bank of Idaho before retiring in 1984. 

Ralph was the catalyst for a number of Idaho’s finest civic accomplishments. His most notable philanthropic endeavors were achieved in his service to Boise’s Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute, and St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center.

A sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and skiing, Ralph’s heart was as big as the great outdoors. He was a bold man with big ideas, great passion, and tremendous enthusiasm. He died in 1995 after an exemplary career of professional and community service. St. Luke’s is proud to present the annual Light of Philanthropy Award in his honor.

Past Recipients

  • 2018: Doug Oppenheimer
  • 2017: Herb Patriarche
  • 2016: Harry Bettis, Laura Bettis, and Janelle Wise
  • 2015: Bob Hoover
  • 2014: Susan Smith
  • 2013: James A. Kissler
  • 2012: Marilyn Beck
  • 2011: A.J. and Susie Balukoff
  • 2010: Arthur F. "Skip" Oppenheimer
  • 2009: Marilyn Shuler
  • 2008: Anna Margaret Jones
  • 2007: Jim Everett
  • 2006: Judge Stephen Trott
  • 2005: Carolyn Terteling-Payne
  • 2004: Alice Hennessey
  • 2003: Jim and Karin Nelson
  • 2002: Harold Thomas
  • 2001: A. Dale Dunn
  • 2000: Robert V. Hansberger
  • 1999: John and Dee Fery
  • 1998: Velma V. Morrison
  • 1997: J.R. and Esther Simplot
  • 1996: Ralph J. Comstock, Jr. and Larry Kissler


Registration Instructions

Tickets to St. Luke's Ball are available through St. Luke's Health Foundation.

(208) 381-2123

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