A grand evening of polo and elegance is set by the Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley Nov. 12. Its black-tie “Silver Mallet” at the Los Angeles Equidome features one of the final games of the Cadillac Cup Series between the Los Angeles Stars and the Chicago Panthers.
Chairman Jann McCord says proceeds will go to the league’s community service projects in the San Fernando Valley, including the Centre Clothes Corner, Kids on the Bloc, Family Service Center, choral music and literacy projects.
BIG 50th: First Century Families celebrates 50 years of annual luncheons dedicated to the preservation of Los Angeles history Thursday at the Beverly Wilshire.
Chairman Gretchen Dockweiler will narrate part of the program, describing the fetes and festivals of the city’s early families, including Workmans and Rowlands, Bannings and Sepulvedas, Kellers and O’Melvenys. Patsy Edwards will speak on the colorful fiestas that began in 1894. She’ll use the collection of historic Los Angeles slides begun by Alice O’Neill Avery a decade ago.
DEBUTANTES: Those Thanksgiving season debutante balls are around the corner. The Coronet Debutante Ball, sponsored by the National Charity League, is Nov. 26 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton. The same evening the National Charity League San Fernando Valley Chapter hosts its gala in the ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire. Both are formal.
SRO: A big crowd of 1,200 was expected to turn the Canadian Club “Tribute to Black Designers Fashion Show” Saturday evening at the Bonaventure into a standing-room-only affair. The 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, who have donated $400,000 in the past seven years to charities, headed the event.
Dr. James Black was committee chairman, and more involved: Bob Thomas, vice president of Hiram Walker-Allied Vintners, Dr. A. Palmer Reed, Cab Marcos, Adolph Dulan, George Perry, Warren Valdry, William Upton, Louis White and James Lyons.
KEEPING UP: Jack Lemmon autographed a sweater, and designers and celebrities such as Sally Field, Michael Landon and Janet Leigh were generous with the donations for the fashion sale to benefit Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital this weekend at the Address in Santa Monica. Proceeds go to the fight against breast cancer, according to Monica Kahn, the guild’s sale chairman. . . .
Premiere, Old Pasadena’s new New York-style nightclub, opened with a benefit for the Pasadena Playhouse. . . .
Several hundred gathered for an auction at the Beverly Hills Hotel to support the newly organized Friends of California Special Olympics. Leaders include A. C. Green, Linda Evans, Meredith Baxter Birney and Terry Schroeder. They’ll use funds to send Team California’s athletes to the Winter Special Olympics on April 1-9 in Reno. . . .
Newly appointed People’s Republic of China Consul General Ma Yuzhen hosted a dinner in the VIP Room at Madame Wu’s Garden restaurant for guests including Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block, Sandra Ausman, Mary Jones.
ON TAP: It’s Laker time at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce again. Leonard Straus chairs for a second year the luncheon Monday (co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Sports Council) at the California Ballroom of the Westin Bonaventure. Chick Hearn, Pat Riley, the Lakers will be there. . . .
The Junior League of Long Beach plans to reach $150,000 Saturday on its 37th annual Auction and Rummage Sale at the Long Beach Convention Center. Nancy Komrosky and Linda Wingfield are co-chairs. . . .
Friends of Step Up (the Santa Monica nonprofit center for recovering mentally ill adults) plan California wine, food and art next Sunday at 2425 Colorado Ave. in Santa Monica. . . .
UPCOMING: Gold Shield hosts a champagne reception today at the Bel-Air home of Edward and Hannah Carter. It honors Patricia Greenfield, UCLA professor of psychology and the second winner of the biennial Gold Shield Faculty Prize. . . .
The Parkway Grill’s fourth annual Food and Wine Festival today will draw 40 vintners and 16 major chefs for mouth-watering indulgence to benefit Huntington Memorial Hospital (last year 1,300 came). . . .
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation Heart of Hollywood Associates lunch over fashions Wednesday at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
IN THE NEWS: Lucille Taylor assumed the presidency of the Los Angeles Orphanage Guild over luncheon at the home of Topsy Doheny. . . .
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles owner Robert Cohen is delighted about receiving the Los Angeles Beautiful Business and Industry Award.
THE SEASON: A giant witch overlooking a garden of pumpkins greeted the League for Crippled Children devotees at the Jack O’Lantern Ball. Among supporters joining ball chairman Sally Linton were Charlotte Val Drusen, Marge Ahern, May Flanagan, Bobbi Jones, Mary Keach, Virginia Minton, Madeline Barnes, president Ruth Wagner and Jean Nugent. . . .
Melissa and Zane Alsabery turned their Agoura Hills home into a haunted house for the Junior Charity League’s monster party chaired by Jennifer Edwards and Diana Doyle.
FIESTA: When William and Cheryll Wegge and David and Holly Davis concoct a party, it’s creative: They’re doing Fiesta en la Calle Bellefontaine next Sunday for the Mayfield Senior School. There will be valet parking in the driveway at “The Burro.” Rococo will construct elegant Mexican cuisine. Shopping at the Mercado for hand-painted clothing, paintings, silver and artifacts will boost proceeds. Then, there’s the $10,000 prize.
ENTREPRENEURIAL: Some of the members of the Trojan League of Los Angeles brought their sons and daughters Wednesday to USC for the annual benefit for USC’s “Entrepreneur Program.”
Co-chairmen Margaret Gilmour and Helen Green worked closely with president Sharon Merz and USC’s Prof. James Krause to showcase graduates of the program and their significant accomplishments: award-winning designer Mark Eisen, Vessel Assistance Assn. of America founder David La Montaigne; crisis management expert Steven Green and Xerox’s star salesperson Leana Grandy. Later they lunched in Town and Gown, joining 300 including Sally Edwards, Joanne George, Helen Tuppan, Sissy Vogel, Gretchen Schumacher, Carolyn St. Geme, Maggie Edwards and Ruth LeSage.
PHILANTHROPIC: “The Legacy We Are Leaving Our Children” is Ross Perot’s topic Wednesday when he speaks to the Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation’s award dinner planned by President Robert A. Houghton.
A 30TH: Childrens Chain celebrated 30 years of friendship for Childrens Hospital at a luncheon at the Hotel Bel-Air. In the crowd were Barbara Munzig, first chairman, and numerous past chairmen, including Peggy Galbraith, Margaret Given, Laurie Griff, Cheryl Baker. Also attending were past dance chairmen including Penne Durst, and ardent supporters Betty McLaughlin, Bonnie McClure and Susan Miller, current chairman.
SALUTE: Families of the black community and their achievements will be celebrated Nov. 17 at the third annual “Salute to the Black Family” sponsored by Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Lucille G. Boswell, manager of consumer affairs at the Coca-Cola L.A. office, has set the affair at the Sheraton Grande.
BY THE SEA: The Junior Council of the Laguna Art Museum returns with a “Rags to Riches” theme for its popular annual art auction on Saturday. More than 130 California artists, including Billy Al Bengston, Italo Scanga and Ron Cooper, have donated art for the event. Cheryle Stemmler and Melissa Heatly chair the event with Janet Gosselin and Virginia Ehdaie. Proceeds are earmarked for education and the California Contemporary Artists exhibition series.
KUDOS: To the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, announcing a campaign progress report: to date, $715,000. . . .
To the Los Angeles Theatre Center’s newest support group, Friends of LATC, and its organizing chairman Carolyn DeVinny, who is planning cocktails after the performance of the anti-apartheid drama “Bopha!” Wednesday.