The dashing and daring members of the Argentine Polo Team wind up their U.S. tour Sunday in the Santa Barbara area where they’ll compete in the Assistance League of Southern California’s Day Nursery Auxiliary second annual Golden Mallet Invitational Polo Tournament benefiting the Children of the Day Nursery. Meanwhile, today’s the day Mr. and Mrs. Glen Holden (he’s chairman of the board and president of the Security First Group and a well-ranked polo player; she’s a member of the auxiliary) welcome the Argentines to Southern California with a rousing reception at the Avila Adobe in Olvera Street followed by a luncheon at La Golondrina restaurant. Ole .
Sunday at the Santa Barbara Polo Club in Carpinteria it will be a scene from another (and really nicer) era with the ladies wearing garden dresses and hats and the gentlemen looking devilishly good looking in their sporting clothes. Add the polo players and their beautiful mounts and you’ve got quite a scene.
The Day Nursery Auxiliary promises a glorious al fresco gourmet buffet luncheon, lots of pageantry and all sorts of festive goings on. The auxiliary members planning the day of polo and other congenial activities are Mrs. Edward C. Cazier Jr., Mrs. William Davis, Mrs. Charles F. Elkins, Dr. Esther F. Hays, Mrs. Holden, Mrs. Frank Moulton, Mrs. Edward Rosenfeld, Mrs. Sidney Sampson, Mrs. H. Richard Stone Jr. and Mrs. Larry B. Thrall Sr. Tickets for the whole dazzling package are $75 per person.
The Jewish Committee’s 1985 Social Concern Award goes to Henry C. Rogers, chairman of Rogers & Cowan, the giant public relations firm, who is also the author of two books, lecturer, a board member of the County Museum of Art and of the Music Center’s Performing Arts Council and a very dapper gentleman.
The award will be presented Sunday night at a dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel co-chaired by Sheldon Andelson, chairman of the Bank of Los Angeles and the recipient of last year’s award; Frank Rothman, chairman and CEO at MGM/UA Entertainment Co.; Harvey Silbert, partner in Wyman Bautzer Rothman Kuchel & Silbert; Jerry Weintraub of Management III; Frank Wells, president and chief operating officer of Walt Disney Productions, and Ronald Rogers of Rogers & Associates. Honorary co-chairs are Norman Lear, chairman of Embassy Communications (Embassy’s sale to Coca-Cola should close in about a month and a half), and Warren Cowan who, with Henry Rogers, founded their PR firm in 1950.
Titans of all sorts will fill the Century Plaza’s ballroom for an evening that promises quite a few light moments. That talented funny man Carl Reiner will be the toastmaster and that serious fella Hugh Downs will be the featured speaker. And just cast your orbs on the names of those who are on the dinner committee--Mayor Tom Bradley, art collector Eli Broad, 20th Century Fox’s Barry Diller, David L. Wolper, Richard D. Zanuck, Nick Vanoff, Bernard and Lenore Greenberg, Fay Kanin, Ray Stark, Howard P. Allen, M.J. Frankovich, Freddie Fields, Alan Ladd Jr., Rogers’ daughter Marcia Medavoy, the Joseph Sinays, Alan J. Hirschfield, Martin Gang, Joseph N. Mitchell, Michael Ovitz and many more.
Rogers, a man who likes to keep busy, has been chairman of the U.S. Information Agency’s Public Sector Public Relations Committee and of the Executive Committee of the President’s Council for International Youth Exchange. He is currently a vice chairman of the American Film Institute, a member of the board of governors and guest lecturer at Israel’s Tel Aviv University and a guest lecturer and member of the Advisory Board of the USC School of Business Administration Entrepreneur Program. And in addition to all that, he has been conducting for the past four years a UCLA Extension program, “Six Evenings With Henry Rogers,” where students and writers and other creative personalities exchange ideas.
Stevie Wonder, winner of an Oscar this year (for his song “I Just Called to Say I Love You” from the film “The Woman in Red”) and 14 Grammys, receives the American Cancer Society’s Allan K. Jonas Life Achievement Award on Oct. 6 at the Century Plaza. And to spread the word, co-chairs Dionne Warwick and Adrienne and Elliott Horwitch host a kickoff party Sunday afternoon at Jerry Buss’ Pickfair estate. Motown’s Berry Gordy is honorary chairman for the afternoon, where such Tribute Award committee members as Jean Hale Coleman, Suzanne dePasse, Iris Gordy, Smokey and Claudette Robinson, Beverly Sassoon, Dr. Irwin and Sharon Grossman, Allan K. Jonas and Barbara Segal will be milling about. Stevie, we’re told, will be there milling right along with them.
The Social Scramble: Just back from their Newport Beach hideaway, attorney Marty Harwick and his wife Sue took over the VIP Room at Madame Wu’s Garden for a jovial gathering of friends. There were two tables, each one centered with a Lazy Susan where the movable feast of summer melon soup, Peking duck, whole fishes, spicy shrimp and vegetables and finally fortune cookies with the green tea ice cream made its steady appearance. Wielding their chopsticks with varying degrees of expertise were Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Gross, Harwick’s uncle and aunt Leona and Morrie Eisenberg, Robert and Jane Kramer, Sachi and Larry Irwin, Richard and Miriam Bauer, Madame Sylvia and King Wu, and Dr. Joseph and Suzanne Marx. Before the cocktail hour was over, Mrs. Charles Snodgrass phoned in from New York where she was with her husband and Austrian Ambassador and Mrs. Thomas Klestil to wish everyone “Bon appetit.”
Trust House Forte, the giant hotel empire (Paris’ Plaza Athenee and George V, Madrid’s Ritz, London’s Grosvenor House among other choice spots) has bought the restaurant and bar at New York’s Sherry Netherland and has closed them down for extensive remodeling. Both are due to open on or about Nov. 1.
Summer Pleasures--Cruising the Mediterranean aboard the Sea Goddess--Jane del Amo, Corwin and Nanci Denney, Giney Milner, Bev Morsey and Sue and Tom Somermeier.
Norman and Eileen Kreiss are off to Milan and Florence (for business) after a few days (just
pleasure) at the Cala di Volpe on Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda.
After the clammy cold of Holland and Belgium, producer Gene Corman and his wife Nan finally found sunshine and warmth in Florence, their favorite city, and the Hotel Excelsior, their favorite hotel. They’ve come home reluctantly, but delighted to be here for tonight’s series of fund-raising dinners benefiting the Joffrey Ballet. Thanks to the computer that made all the dinner assignments, the Cormans will be dining in very good company indeed at the home of benefit chairman Dona Kendall and her husband Dwight. Also in the group will be David Murdock, co-chairman of the Joffrey board (with Tony Bliss), Joffrey board president Donald Sutherland, Caroline Ahmanson, Florence and Marion Malouf, Bonnie and Wally Smith, Bert and Harry Maron, Marian and Nathan Smooke and a few others.
Changes: Giorgio Masini, former general manager of the Regency Club, is now running the Manhattan Country Club, the Manhattan Beach private membership club owned by John Zahoudanis and James Miller. Yves Buso, the Regency’s chef, also made the move with Masini from Westwood to Manhattan Beach.