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Jubilee Year for Westridge School

Times Staff Writer

Westridge School’s commitment to women’s education has remained steadfast throughout its 75-year history. And that’s being pointed out in this Diamond Jubilee Year by headmistress Midge Bowman and hundreds of loyal alumnae.

So far, there have been a commemorative poster show and an ice cream social. A community forum is scheduled this winter and a carnival next May.

But, paramount now is the Green and White Ball, celebrating its founding. Benefactors Mary Alice and Richard Frank have been invited to be honorary chairmen. Bonny Toole and Judy Brown co-chair the ball, and more on the committee are Georgianna Erskine, Dorothy Matthiessen, Ann Rothenberg, Diane Scott, Mary Wagner, Holly Robinson, Pam Livingston, Sharon Lee, Linda Thrasher, Connie Zaia, Susie Barnes, Cheryl Furukawa, Susan Chandler, Kathy Martin, Martyn Belmont, Pam Boswell, Christy Rakow, Mary Cox, Holly Robinson and Cynthia Rosedale.

OVERSOLD: The Costume Council/California Mart attracted Marvin Traub, chairman of Bloomingdale’s, who flew in for its snazzy Rudi Awards dinner at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The event was so oversold that many wouldn’t fit into the Bing Auditorium and had to watch the Rudi Gernreich fashion retrospective on a video screen in the Atrium.

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WONDERFUL PUCK: When Wolfgang Puck smashed peppercorns in a cooking demonstration/benefit luncheon for the Auxiliary of the Hospital of the Good Samaritan, the table shook. “I hope this table stays here,” said Puck, famous for Spago, Chinois on Main, frozen desserts and pizza and changing cooking habits of multitudes.

Earlier, he gave luncheon chairman Florence Mestman anxious moments as she awaited his arrival at the Wilshire Country Club. Wolfgang was 25 minutes late (and forgot the thyme and rosemary), but once on stage, immediately began chopping celery and potatoes for the dish he was demonstrating--salmon or red snapper over celery puree with peppercorn sauce. The cause was the new Perinatal Center at the hospital and the auxiliary’s $500,000 pledge to the center.

Puck confided he never cooks at home: “I use too many cuss words.” When auxiliary president Sandy Israel gave him a plaque, he quipped, “I guess if I go to Good Sam I take this instead of my credit card,” and said that if he is ever in the hospital, he wants champagne.

The auxiliary sold stacks of Wolfgang Puck aprons embellished in pink with “Good Sam,” and had Puck potholders for the $100-paying guests. Among them: Janice Carpenter, Ce Ce Baise, Peggy Miller, Grace Fritzinger, Betty McDonald (who won a trip to Hawaii), Kate Regan (who heads the next Golden Thimble fund-raiser), Rusty Chandler, Carol Enright, Toni Hodgkiss, Barbara Enlow, Sylvia Hovorka, Marilyn Duque, Peggy Kendig McLeod, Alice and Gretchen Dockweiler, Connie Fish, Anne Wycoff (just back from fishing at the Crescent H Ranch in Wilson, Wyo.)) and Dr. John Westerman (president of the hospital).

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BIG HIT: Dodger pitcher Orel Hershiser’s wife, Jamie, is among the 100 new provisionals of the Pasadena Junior League, one of three leagues in the Los Angeles area.

The new group is the largest provisional group ever, and includes a batch of young women whose mothers were members of the same league--Emily Williamson, daughter of Victoria; Kim Austin, daughter of Patsy, and Brett Holliday, daughter of Nancy. Fifty percent work outside their homes, though that’s lower than last year when 65% of the provisional class had jobs.

LIVELY: The lively young membership of the Westside Guild of Childrens Hospital joins with Neiman-Marcus on Oct. 21 to present Victor Costa with his holiday collection. John Martens, Neiman’s vice president and general manager of the Beverly Hills store, and Neiman Vice President Dale Shumate have arranged for the cocktail party to be at the store and for Costa to narrate.

Karen Hand and Pat Rauth are co-chairmen and they have lots of help from a group including Ce Ce Baise, Marianne Sprague, Daisy Spurgin, Clare Webb, Jane Young, Brenda Anderson, Valerie Barneson, Nancy Birdwell, Jessie Cale, Christine Cohen, Cynthia Holcomb, Deedie Hudnut, Sue Kohl, Peggy Leslie, Dolly Niemann, Joan Prestine, Sissy Vogel and Christy Walters.


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