Kingston Trio for Punahou Alumni

Times Staff Writer

The New Kingston Trio will shine for the luau for Hawaii’s Punahou School Alumni on June 21 in the Huntington Sheraton Gardens in Pasadena. The other day president John Deverfeux, vice president Leilani Weirick and a lot of other Southern California Punahou alumni were happily munching pupus (hors d’oeuvres) of Maui potato chips, manapua, sushi and taro cakes as they put the finishing touches on “The 2nd Sort of Annual Southern California Punahou Alumni Luau.” The first one at the home of producer Allan Burns in 1982 was a raging success. This time the New Kingston Trio (Bob Shane and Dave Guard, who founded the trio in the ‘50s, were contemporaries of Burns’ at Punahou) is booked. Invitations are already in the mail. Punahou president Rod McPhee and his wife Sharon will fly over to partake of poi, kalua pig and lomi salmon, bringing with them leis for all the wahines. Also flying in from Honolulu, to share old “Hawaiiana” in her singing and dancing will be Nalani Olds, another graduate. Her great-grandmother, Princess Pomare of Tahiti, was lady-in-waiting to Queen Lilioukalani, Hawaii’s last monarch. Andy Bunatai, hot comic in Hawaii, will lend the light touch, redundant with this group. Tiki torches, an outrigger canoe bar, two round-trip tickets to Honolulu, seven days at Kaanapali Shores on Maui are some of the prizes. More planners include Dr. Hollis Chang, Tita Johnson, Les Amoy, Burns, Hannah Robertson, Sally Hinckley, Woody Godbold, Layton and Marsha Carr, Pat and Alan Little, Jackie Chandler, Judy Gertner and Sharon Strombeck Witter of Ojai.

The Center Theatre Group Volunteers at the Music Center just celebrated raising $100,000 with their premiere of “Sweet Liberty.” Now the supporters of the Mark Taper Forum and the Ahmanson Theatre have Elizabeth Forsythe Halley, author of “A Woman of Independent Means” and more recently “Joanna’s Husband and David’s Wife,” on tap for their annual luncheon June 10 in the Gold Room of the Biltmore. Outgoing president Judy Beckmen will introduce new CTG-V president Robert Haft and her raft of officers: Kelly Schiffer, executive vice president; Wendy Brooks, first vice president, and Kim Peterson, Gail Newman, Ellie Goldman, Roseanne Slotkin, Beth Pressman, Helen Abbott, Ellen Price and Coty Faulkner. Naturally, it’s all a working session to plan fund-raising for the CTG’s upcoming 20th year.

The Maple Center of Beverly Hills was established in 1972 to focus on adolescent drug abuse. It takes a lot of money. The Men’s Guild of the Maple Center will raise more June 7 when it hosts “An Evening at Twentieth Century Fox.” Members are taking reservations for the Monte Carlo night. It requires a tax-deductible $75 donation.


Art-to-wear is art, too. And June 8, Maria Hummer, Los Angeles Arts Council board member, and her husband George McCambridge will lend their gardens to the Council’s Associates support group for an exhibition and sale. Judith Smooke, Associates chairman, is announcing one-of-a-kind wearable art--hand-painted silks, printed leather, custom jewelry and accessories. Proceeds will swell the LAAC’s Art Scholarship Fund. The committee includes Lynn Ziman, Bonnie Weinberg, Rina Etkes, Mary Cutler, Elizabeth Tamari, Kathy McCormick, Suzanne Miller and Diane Triester. The group sponsors scholarships, a young professionals concert series, the new $3 million Sculpture Walk in Century City and an annual Armand Hammer Award.

Running shoes are getting a polish and a shine. Downtown Los Angeles corporate elite will put a foot forward June 18 to raise $100,000 for the American Heart Assn. Greater Los Angeles affiliate; they’ll serve as race committee members of the second annual Heart of the City 5K Run, sponsored by Union Bank. The footrace covers 3.1 miles through downtown, beginning at 4th and Figueroa, through the 2nd Street tunnel, along Spring and Olympic with a Figueroa home stretch. Union Bank chairman John F. Harrigan says he’s expecting 2,500 runners to begin at 6:45 p.m. when he fires the gun. Among Race Committee members are Union Bank’s president John M. Heidt, Philip M. Hawley of Carter Hawley Hale Stores Inc., Fred L. Hartley of Unocal and Richard J. Flamson III of Security Pacific. More are Joseph J. Pinola of First Interstate Bancorp, Tom Johnson of the Los Angeles Times, Richard J. Riordan of Riordan & McKinzie, and Michael Moy of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Company. Corporate teams register for $1,000; individuals for $10 ($15 on race day).

Moroccan cuisine/entertainment is the promise for “A Night of Dar Maghreb” on June 2. The American Cancer Society, Central Los Angeles unit, benefits. Co-chairing the event will be Jill Baldauf, Irene Gomez Caro, Dr. Lowell E. Irwin, Philip Malkin, the Harry Olivers and Dr. and Mrs. Edward Savage. Ken Hickman is president.

Gold Shield Alumnae of UCLA have a golden birthday--their 50th. It’s to be celebrated June 8 at the UCLA residence of Chancellor and Mrs. Charles E. Young. Janice Hamilton of Westwood is benefit chairman. Jack Ryan, long-time supporter of UCLA, is honorary chairman. Right now everyone’s assembling photographic memorabilia from the 1936 founding date to the present. The crowning touch will be the birthday cake. Doug Davis’ Reflections play for patio dancing. Among those involved are Beatrice Mandel (Gold Shield president), Blanche Campbell, Mimi Perloff, Roz Livingston, Judy Postley, Pat Anderson, Nancy Barker, Nancy Karrenbrock, Sharla Boehm, Patti Amstutz, Leona Mattoni, Alice Lainer, Nancy Naylor, Pat Hardwick and Sheila Cameron.

Marilyn Hilton was in the spotlight as honorary chairman for the Elegant Ladies of the Eighties luncheon at the Beverly Hilton, and a whole raft of other Hiltons starred. Ricky emceed. Kathy starred as honorary chairman of Interplast Inc., one of two beneficiaries (it’s a group of volunteer medical professionals who fly to developing nations to perform life-saving reconstructive surgery). Also benefiting was the Pacific Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation. More than 480 watched Ognibene-Zendman couture flown from Rome for Elizabeth Arden’s Salon. There were a lot of double split skirts and cashmere sweaters with velvet sleeves. Among those buying tables were Naida Barnes, Joanna Carson, Marianne Rogers and Shera Danese.

Elayne Kester of San Marino and Rob Stafford of Arcadia have accumulated furs, a Caribbean party for 25, condos in Palm Springs and more for their auction May 31 at “A Night at the Cotton Club.” It’s the theme for the Pasadena Symphony Juniors 12th annual dinner dance at the Pasadena Hilton. Last year, according to Marsha Rusnack, the Juniors presented the symphony with more than $40,000 from a similar fund-raiser. Lin Barker is taking reservations.

Tom Selleck, Alpha Upsilon ’67, is definitely going to be there, we hear, for the Trojan Sig (translate that Sigma Chi fraternity) Alumni fifth annual John Wayne Awards Dinner next Thursday at the Biltmore. All Sigma Chis--not just USC ones--and their guests will be rendezvousing at $50 per person for scholarships. Stephen Cannell will be among those roasting Selleck. Lyn McMillion is taking reservations at (213) 666-3552.

Momentum is gathering for the Medical Center Aides for the City of Hope spring luncheon May 29 honoring Claire Rothman, vice president and general manager of the Forum and a City of Hope board member known for her business expertise and a sense of humor. She’s to receive the 1986 Benefactor Award. Eunice Shechet of Marina del Rey heads the luncheon, planning a “Time Out at the Forum” fashion production staged by the California Mart Fashion Office.

Big Dates:

Dr. James E. Birren, sometimes called the “father of academic gerontology,” retires as dean of the USC School of Gerontology. A distinguished group honors him May 30 at a daylong convocation in Norris Theater, followed by a reception in Town & Gown with dinner and dancing. Among the 300 guests will be Dr. Norman Topping, USC chancellor emeritus, who recruited Dean Birren from the National Institute of Mental Health in 1965 to establish the school. . . .

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Magana of Rancho Palos Verdes honor Dr. Luis Weckmann Munoz, Mexico’s new ambassador to the European Economic Community in Belgium (and former Ambassador to Italy), at a buffet reception June 1 at their home. The event is sponsored by Ambassador Agustin Garcia-Lopez Santaololla, the consul general of Mexico, and Dr. Fredi Chiappelli, director of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies . . . Sarah Vaughan headlines the St. Francis Medical Center’s “Tapestry: A Gala Saluting the Cities We Serve” Saturday at the Bonaventure. On hand will be Alan Horn, Archbishop Roger M. Mahony, Mayor Tom Bradley, Henry Winkler, Ann Jillian and Michael Gross. . . .

The March of Dimes honors four couples in the San Fernando Valley at a dinner next Thursday at the Sheraton Premiere. Honorees will be Los Angeles City Councilman Ernani and Lucille Bernardi, actress Morgan Brittany and her husband Jack Gill, Phyllis and Ted DeCinces and Stan and Marne Warwick . . .

ERAS Center presents the 13th annual Carl Reiner Pro/Am Celebrity Tennis Tournament on May 30-June 1. It’s sponsored by Smith Barney and First Capital Financial and the line-up of celebs and pros is impressive: Carl and Estelle Reiner, Anne Bancroft, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Kate Jackson. . . .