Keynote 88 Benefit to Be a Real Blass

Times Staff Writer

Ceil Moore flew in from the Claridge in Dallas and was lunching at the Bistro Garden the next noon. She found herself in the crush of Secret Service men checking out the menu and facilities for the dinner Ambassador Walter and Lee Annenberg were hosting that evening for Armand and Harriet Deutsch with Ronald and Nancy Reagan expected.

The abundance of ladies who lunch--some in only an hour--was apparent. Nancy Reagan’s good friend Marion Jorgensen had a table by the French doors. Mary Jones was at one corner, Joni Smith at another corner. Jacquelyn Hallaian and Gloria Dahl were an elbow away. The noise level indicated the rush/rush, hush/hush of gossip and all the good things coming up this fall.

Owner Kurt Niklas gave oil heiress/entrepreneur Ceil Moore a courtly welcome back to town. She, in her mammoth jewels and a pretty pink and white Bill Blass silk with a big bow, was enthralled about her meeting with Bill Blass in Dallas and the excitement about his appearance Sept. 23 here in the Beverly Hilton’s Grand Ballroom for the I. Magnin West Coast Premiere featuring Blass’ resort collection.

It’s a benefit by the Keynote 88 Committee, the major support group for the Los Angeles Pops Orchestra, which is busier than ever making music.


With her was Noddie Weltner, special events manager of the I. Magnin and Bullocks Wilshire southern region. She says that the dynamic Rosemarie Bravo of San Francisco, new I. Magnin and Bullocks Wilshire CEO, also will be in town for the affair and will host a dinner in Moore’s and Bill Blass’ honor.

Florence Malouf is assisting the chairman; also involved are Marion Anderson, Victoria Bolker, Diana Bolero, Jere Cotton, Katherine Domyan, Parma Kay Giuntini, Royce Foster, Helen Lambros, Sophie Mastor, Kathy Offenhauser, Virginia Oppenheimer, Joan Selwyn and Marion Malouf, who is recovering from a broken hip.

ROYALTY: Her Royal Highness Princess Christina of Sweden and her husband, Tord Magnusson, will be in the spotlight Oct. 2 when the Los Angeles Committee of New Sweden ’88 honors them at a “white-tie or black-tie” Royal Ball at the Century Plaza.

The affair will be a re-creation of a Coronation Dinner, first served in the royal palace in Sweden in the 18th Century, at $250 per person. The affair will benefit cultural events in celebration of the 350th anniversary of the New Sweden Colony in North America.


ECLECTIC: It’s non-stop for the Laguna Art Museum and its eight eclectic events titled “Perspectives.” Some have been enlightening, others frivolous. Each costs $150 and is underwritten by museum patrons. This week Claire and Maclay Burt and Nadine and Bob Hall stage a paint-and-pasta party at Balboa. Johanna and Gene Felder and Teri and John Kennady host “SoHo Supper” in Laguna Beach next Sunday. Elizabeth and Tom Tierney take over the Center Club in Costa Mesa Sept. 14 for “The Real Phantom of the Opera.” And Maclay Burt hosts a photographic focus on art Sept. 17 at the museum.

Events started at the avant-garde new Club Postnuclear in August, with Norma Glover, Michael Kang and Anton Segerstrom also presenting restaurateur Michael Kang, whose cuisine earned his 5' 0" restaurant a four-star rating from the New York Times. Next, Sandy and Harold Price welcomed friends to see their American expressionistic art at their Irvine Cove abode. Then Claudette and Don Shaw did a “Washington Week Reviewed in Orange County” and a Four Seasons Hotel luncheon. Dolores Milhous engineered “Newport From the Backside,” taking 20 guests aboard the 60-foot yacht Riva for views of Newport’s loveliest homes before dinner at her Linda Isle home.

SOCIAL SEPTEMBER: Champagne for a balloon liftoff at 6 p.m., then dinner and dancing are set by the Foundation for Richstone Families on Saturday at their “Making Magical Memories” benefit at the South Coast Botanic Gardens on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Riga will provide the music. . . .

Comedian/actor/writer Pat McCormick will entertain for the Holy Cross Medical Center’s “Celebration ’88" on Saturday at the San Fernando Mission in Mission Hills. Proceeds will buy fetal monitors and a remote control desk console for the center’s labor and delivery department.


NEW LOCATION: Because of the response to the Arthritis Foundation’s Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award dinner honoring Larry Scherzer on Friday , the location, say co-chairman Kirk K. Calhoun and Ralph Peterson, has been changed to the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton.

Scherzer is past chairman of the foundation’s Southern California chapter. Pianist Roger Williams will perform and actress Susan Sullivan, the chapter’s campaign chairman, will emcee.

PORTUGUESE BEND: The pretty Portuguese Bend National Horse Show, an annual by the Peninsula Committee of Childrens Hospital, is around the corner--Friday through next Sunday--and Vicky Lee and her committee are hanging the bunting and painting the fences.

President Bonnie Upp and co-chairmen Denise Kazarian, Karen Learned and Bonnie Juell are working hard on this 31st annual event, which they look upon as a means of raising money to help repay the expenditures that Childrens Hospital makes on behalf of children of the South Bay area. This year’s monies will endow a chair in cardiac surgery.