The Colleagues and their two support groups, Les Amies and C.H.I.P.S., are prepping for their 34th Glamour Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. President Marjory Miller and the three co-chairs--Patsy Stecher, Katrina Cord and Margaret Vandegrift--have been busily sorting Chanels, Adolfos and couture by Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta and David Hayes. The 60 members hope to net more than $200,000 for Children's Institute International from sales of jewelry, antiques, furniture, art and clothes.
Last week, though, the Colleagues were feted when Gianmaria Buccellati and his wife, Rosie, and his handsome offspring darted into Beverly Hills to open their French paneled jewelry salon at the Regent Beverly Wilshire, amidst teas and black-tie dinners.
The Colleagues got the bid for dinner. Elegant it was with Buccellati handmade silver pheasants and seals and gold flowers set among the centerpieces on Italian linens. In the swank crowd: Marilyn McDaniel, Joan and John Hotchkis, Erlenne and Dr. Norman Sprague, Gen. Gywnn and Natalie Robinson, Onnalee and William Doheny, Amen Wardy, Ann and Frank Johnson, Patricia Sheinbaum, Giney Milner, Flora Thornton, Italian Consul General Alberto and Suzy Boniver.
RED-LETTER DATE: Mannequins of the Assistance League of Southern California entertain at their "Afternoon With Eve" California tea, Elizabeth Arden fashion show and presentation of honorees Wednesday at a Holmby Hills estate.
Mannequin chair Terry Francis and benefit chair Linda Blackburn are completing details with Katie Osterloh and Barbara Karl, awards chairmen. Eve honorees are Dorothy Kirsten French, Sandra Moss, Kathy Offenhauser, Adrienne Underwood, Gayle Wilson and Golden Eve winner Mary Jane Wick. They'll receive Eve crystal apple awards for their charity and well-dressed chic.
SPECIAL MOMENTS: The 700 guests were dazzled with some special moments the other evening at the French Foundation for Alzheimer Research fifth anniversary gala at the Beverly Hilton. The foundation's Founding Associates hosted the event. Gala chairman Bonnie Green and Dorothy Kirsten French, founder of the foundation (and the wife of the late John Douglas French, who died recently after years with Alzheimer's), proudly revealed an estimated net of $200,000.
Dudley Moore at the piano was extraordinarily funny, as was Norm Crosby with his malapropisms ("Mothers should be put on a pedestrian"). Pia Zadora was the finale, bringing on her 4-year-old, Katie (she wants to be a rock star), for some songs and a deep bow. When host Alex Trebek joked that he had never been served such a generous portion of beef (some were asking for doggie bags), he noted that Marty Paseta was commenting, "My cholesterol is about 465 tonight after this."
Dorothy Kirsten French invited Sen. Pete and Gayle Wilson to sit with her, and at the same table were dinner chairman Roy and Betty Anderson. Adjacent were Richard and Eileen Eamer, big supporters, and their guests Lester and Carolbeth Korn.
All night, Founding Associates chairman Catherine Chester moved non-stop on arrangements, and so did Betty Resnick and Genevieve McSweeney. In the crowd: Bill Siart, Hannah Carter, Dody and Otis Booth and Eleanor Wasson, who is moving to Santa Cruz soon. Guests left with favors--little china heart-shaped dishes etched with forget-me-nots to tie in with the foundation's motto, "Forget not those who cannot remember."
ENOUGH TENT: Is there enough tenting? Are there enough napkins in the Southland for the weekend of May 20-21? Michael Stern, president of Regal Rents, says yes. It's another whammy weekend and he'll cover it all, tenting royally for the 100th anniversary of Thacher School in Ojai and its four days of festivities, including a sit-down dinner for 1,000.
He'll also tent a parking lot for the Center Theatre Group "Phantom of the Opera" opening, canopy parts of Rodeo Drive for 2,500 at the CONCERN party, send acoutrements for SHARE'S Boomtown party for 900 and Venice Family Clinic's sit-down affair for 800.
SPOTLIGHTS: Gloria Deukmejian was the star at the Los Angeles Federation of Republican Women luncheon at the Century Plaza, while Olympic silver medalist Ann Kursinski was in the spotlight at the 68th annual Childrens Horse Show at the Flintridge Riding Club in La Canada Flintridge . . .
DEAR HEARTS: It's a weekend for mothers. Helen Liacouras Lambros of Pasadena will be the "Dear Heart" at the St. Sophia Philoptohos Mother of the Year fashion show Saturday . . .
The Assistance League of Southern California hosts a Mother's Day luncheon Sunday at its Fountain Court Restaurant (reservations a must) . . .
Motion Picture Mothers celebrate their 50th anniversary today with a dinner at Spice Club. Beverly and Buddy Rogers are honorary co-chairs . . .
Helping Hand of Los Angeles named Cristina Ferrare Mother of the Year at the Beverly Hilton.
CATCH-UP: The Scopus Society of the American Friends of the Hebrew University feasted and fund-raised at the Regency Club at a dinner prepared by Les Toques Blanches Internationale, the Society of Premier Chefs . . .
Beverly and Bob Cohen hosted the kickoff cocktail party at the Four Seasons for today's Friends of the Israel Defense Forces gala honoring Henry Plitt chaired by Beverly Cohen, Ellen Byrens and David Horne . . .
Joni Smith, Kathy Offenhauser, Pam Korman and Donna Wolff were among those meeting Laurice Rahme, president of Annick Goutal Parfums, at the I. Magnin luncheon--a "fragrance tasting"--at Ma Maison, feasting on the luncheon created by Patrick Terrail using fragrance ingredients.
MIDAS TOUCHES: Group Effort's auction team is ecstatic--a net of $450,000 to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, Diabetes Unit for Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles Children's Museum and Loyola Marymount University.
And, Rag Stag Night at the Friars Club in Beverly Hills, chaired by Neil Breton, raised $150,000 for Almansor Education Center, Children's Home Society, Tripod and the United Friends of the Children.
PLAUDITS: Alice Tyler and USC gave the $150,000 John and Alice Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement to co-recipients Dr. Paul Crutzen, the first person to discover the depletion of stratospheric ozone, and to Dr. Edward Goldberg, chemical oceanographer, at the Four Seasons Ballroom, while noted citizens such as Virginia and Simon Ramo, USC's Dr. James H. Zumberge and Dr. Jean Mayer, president of Tufts University and the guest speaker, applauded . . .
The Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital Guild and Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital Auxiliary joined for "Celebrate!" at the Wilshire Country Club.
SCHOOL DAZE: Prominent schools are benefiting: Westridge School in Pasadena celebrated its Diamond Jubilee with a Carnival. John Thomas Dye School attracted the young at heart for an Olde Tyme Country Faire (classy gift certificates from Harry Winston, Alan Austin, Somper, Cartier). Elizabeth Little chaired Viewpoint School's Blue Suede Shoe Ball at the Century Plaza. And Campbell Hall Parent-Teachers' Council went black-tie for the Bagpiper's Ball at the Century Plaza.
AGENDAS: Dr. John and Billie Maguire entertain at dinner Friday evening for the President's Forum at the Claremont Graduate School. Among guests will be Pat Bradshaw; Helen Copley and her son, David; University of Chicago president Hanna Gray; American Federation of Teachers president Albert Shanker; Brazilian educator Paulo Freire and his wife, Anna Maria, and Robert Egelston, chairman of the board of The Capital Group . . .
Susan Dey chairs the 80th anniversary auction Saturday at 543 N. Fairfax Ave. for the Los Angeles Section, National Council of Jewish Women. Sonia Schneider is auction chair . . .
Olivia Newton-John and Ricardo Montalban co-chair the Para Los Ninos Carnival on Tuesday at the Beverly Wilshire. Charlotte Conway and Lynda Levy are coordinating the fund-raiser to aid transient families in downtown Los Angeles . . .
The Luminaires Juniors of the Doheny Eye Institute host the first private party at the new Adventure Island at the Los Angeles Zoo Saturday evening and Debbie Barry, Susan Lambert and Sharon Davies will be among Luminaires arriving with kids in tow . . .
The Natural History Museum parties Friday evening to open "Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia" . . .
Friends of Child Advocates stomp it up at their Western Round-Up Under the Stars Saturday at the home of Marge and Bill MacLaughlin in Malibu.
PAST PERFECT: The Freeman Aces Cancer Tennis Tournament and an auction at the Mulholland Tennis Club benefited cancer and lymphoma research at USC's Norris Cancer Center. Sponsor Larry Freeman and honorary chair, Rams Coach John Robinson, spiced it up . . .
Luncheon festivities for Villa Esperanza Guild were held at the Pasadena Hilton with Eleanor McLain, Sandy Shugert and Dotty Greenawalt in charge.