Trio of Debutante Balls Are on Social Calendar

Times Staff Writer

Debutante balls come in clusters, and several are in the offing. Pasadena Guild of Childrens Hospital plans its June Debutante Ball on Saturday at the Beverly Wilshire. Ball chairman Mrs. Warren Williamson is assisted by Mrs. Boyd Higgins. It’s a blue-ribbon committee including president Mrs. Kennedy Galpin, Mrs. B. Durward Howes III, Mrs. William Williams Jr., Mrs. William Plunkett, Mrs. Robert Warfield, Mrs. Lawrence Forsch, Mrs. Warren Jefferson Arnett, Mrs. Richard Van Vorst, Mrs. George Kenneth Brown Jr., Mrs. Brice Toole Jr., Mrs. Merle Banta, Mrs. Robert Brown Jr., Mrs. William Taverner III, Mrs. Bradford Hall, Mrs. Kingston McKee, Mrs. Richard Sinclair, Mrs. Hugh Wilson Jr., Mrs. Frank Payne Jr., Mrs. Franklin Simmons, Mrs. Louis Winchester Jones Jr. and Mrs. Danford Baker.

Next Sunday, Las Patronas Auxiliary of the Ventura County Assistance League hosts its Debutante Presentation Ball at the Westlake Plaza in Westlake, according to Mrs. William Stowell. Members earlier announced the 16 debutantes at a tea at the home of Mrs. James Lloyd-Butler in Saticoy.

Saturday, the National Charity League of San Fernando Valley announced the names of 1986 debutantes at the June Tea planned by Mrs. William Weldon in the gardens of the Fred Selan home in Northridge. The 17 will make their formal bows in the ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire at the 21st annual presentation Nov. 29. Mrs. Richard Bedrosian is ball chairman. Debs receiving medallions from their mothers at the tea included Misses Karen Leigh Bedrosian, Janet Bell, Melissa Buckles, Kelly Chase, Damin Dourian, Michele Graham, Caryn Herlihy, Kimberly Kagy, Anne Mattson, Deanna Postil, Michele Schroeder, Suzanne Showers, Tracy Torgeson, Tiffany Trent, Karen Williamson, Mari-Kay Zovak and Mary Wagner.

There’s quite a clamor for tickets for the Costume Council black-tie gala. The occasion is limited to an attendance of 210 when the Los Angeles County Museum of Art group has a special premiere of the Geoffrey Beene fall line hosted July 9 by Sak’s Fifth Avenue. It’s to be in the romantic gardens of Hotel Bel-Air, alongside the floral-banked streams and swan settings. Dinner and dancing to Clark Keene’s Orchestra will follow in the Garden Room. Mrs. Timothy Vreeland is chairman, and she’s been hosting committee meetings in her Century Wood condominium. Honorary chairmen will be Virginia Milner and the council’s chairman for the past two years, Mrs. Miguel Llanos. There are two dividends: Geoffrey Beene will present his rave collection, and funds raised will go to the acquisition fund of the Costume Wing of the museum.


Party chairmen Jay and Jackie McMahan have guaranteed to keep all guests busy watching, eating, dancing and being thoroughly entertained at their “Day in Horse Country” fund-raiser next Sunday for the Angels for Autistic Children, the support group for the benefit of Angels Attic and Brentwood School for Educational Therapy (for autistic children and young adults). The McMahans are giving their Hidden Valley ranch for “Magnificent Horse Events"--a mixed bag of trick roping, jumping, quarter horses and show horses. Steve Kanaly of TV’s “Dallas” will be honorary chairman. Later, Santa Maria Barbeque will provide steaks, popcorn wagons and ice cream carts for inventable ice cream cones. The Floyd Country Boys and Gloria Becker and Friends will entertain. Committee members include Angels president Joan Laverty and her husband, Roger; Phil and Virginia Gaspar; John and Jayne Jennings; center director John and Janis Kelley; Hubie and Shirley Laugharn; Art and Eleanor La Vove; Bill and Ann McWethy; Bill and Grace Miller; Phil and Janet O’Neil; Emily Peck; Tom and Maxine Ridgway; Manny and Diane Sheridan; Mari West and Elizabeth Westerby-Zoda.

Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors hosts the Cedars Sinai/Drexel Burnham Lambert “Sports Spectacular” next Sunday on the sound stage of 20th Century Fox. The all-star fun fund-raiser, co-chaired by Albert (Bud) Spound of Cedars and Henry Wilf of Drexel Burnham, will help to establish a comprehensive medical genetics and birth defects center at Cedars-Sinai. It’s the first fund-raiser ever, we hear, for the governors. Sen. Pete Wilson, Mayor Tom Bradley and Assemblyman Gray Davis have been chosen for honorary chairmen. The occasion will draw representatives of all of the Southland’s 10 professional sports teams together--the California Angels, San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Lazers, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Raiders and Los Angeles Rams. Carnival games and a silent auction at 5 p.m. will launch the family-oriented affair. Vin Scully will call the awards dinner to order. Jerry West, O. J. Simpson, Marcel Dionne, Steve Garvey, Marcus Allen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jim Murray will receive Sports Spectacular Awards, voted to honor by Southern California sports media. They’ll thus become part of the new Athletic Hall of Fame, inasmuch as the board intends to make the affair an annual occasion. Artist/jeweler Tallarico is designing awards. Tickets are $100 for adults and $50 for those under 14.

Los Angeles Times columnist Jack Smith will address the 70th annual meeting of the American Red Cross Los Angeles chapter Wednesday in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Grande.

There’s been lots of flair and elegance around the carob trees, boxwood hedges and charcoal pool at the Italian villa of Bob Ray and Kathy Offenhauser in South Pasadena. Now that the weather is warm, they’ve hosted at least two sit-down dinners in their party room. One brought together a coterie including Peter and Kacey McCoy, Nancy and Tim Vreeland, Patsy Ketchum with Jim Ebright, Kalef Alaton, their son Madison Offenhauser, and Maggie and Earl Russell. Another feted Jay Parkes with a surprise birthday and a trophy engraved, “First Place to Jay Barlow Parkes: for love, loyalty, generosity and fashion stakes.” In on the toasts were Anne McCourt, Irene and Gunther Hentzel, Arthur Barlow, Jack and Fadetta Pavis, Suzanne and Fredric Rhinestein.


Monday evening some of the most prestigious names in Hollywood and Italian theater will meet to honor the Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his death. At the James A. Doolittle Theater, Maurizio Scaparro, director of the Teatro di Roma, will present, for one night only, a selection of monologues from Pirandello’s plays, novels and short stories. “Hollywood’s Salute to Pirandello” is sponsored by the Italian Heritage Culture Foundation, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, the Italian Consultate and the city’s Cultural Affairs Department. The event will benefit the UCLA Center for Advanced Research in the Performing Arts and the Italian Heritage Culture Foundation.

There was lots to reminisce about at the Gold Shield 50th anniversary party at the residence of UCLA Chancellor Charles and Sue Young. Elizabeth Lloyd Davis, first president of Gold Shield, cut the first piece of cake, while Ella Mae Reidy Manwarring, Kathryn Hertzog Messner, Ann Sumner and Lucy Guild Toberman, all longtime supporters, watched. Blanche Campbell spent the evening snapping photographs for her scrapbook. Homer Toberman and Joan Goldwyn talked about the good ol’ days in the Hollywood Hills’ community “The Outpost,” which the Toberman family founded. Jack and Magda Ryan sponsored the gala. Businessman Ernest Van Leeuwen donated the services to capture the evening on video.

Pasadena Junior League president Eileen Schoellkopf has passed the gavel to Susan Schnee. Others on the executive board will be Anita Garnier, administrative vice president; Connie Grund, Linda Payne, Denise Wines, Christine Reeder and Bonnie Collins.

Thursday evening the American Film Institute officially dedicates the Arco Sculpture Garden on AFI’s campus, atop the hill at Western and Franklin. The garden will include the work of four California artists: Chuck Arnoldi, Woods Davy, Betty Gold and Michael Todd, who have loaned some of their best-known pieces for exhibit.


Saturday evening Arnold Orlick, senior vice president, general merchandise manager of Robinson’s, was honored at a dinner-dance at the Sheraton Grande Hotel by the Home Furnishings Industry Guild of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dinner chairmen were Arthur Goldman and Paul Turner. Joseph Laneve is guild president. Funds will be added to the guild’s existing $750,000 pledge, already at the $600,000 mark.