25 Debs Take Bow at Hilton


Twenty-five debutantes stepped through the National Charity League Los Angeles chapter’s golden floral coronet at the Beverly Hilton. Bowing at the Coronet Debutante Ball: Jane Arrasmith, Heather Ashby, Susan Bernard, Dawn Bonner, Hillary Brown, Heather Colyear, Sherrill Duncan, Samantha Fein, Elizabeth Fink, Michelle Gillette, Katherine Hart, Kirstin Hartenbower, Kimberly Katzenbach, Lisa Larmore, Amy Lewis, Jolie Nahigian, Jessica Needham, Thomasine Norato, Kristin Olivier, Janet Philibosian, Monica Randazzo, Stephanie Smith, Jacqueline Stinehart, Kathleen Tuthill and Jennifer Vann.

At the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, the Newport Harbor Auxiliary of the Children’s Home Society of California hosted the 36th annual Newport Harbor Debutante Ball, presenting Elizabeth Bastiaanse, Hilary Benedict, Lisa Bhathal, Jennifer Brunson, Dorothy Dunlap, Suzanne Emerson, Michelle Fay, Melinda Hovee, Michele Hughes, Melissa Ingold, Michelle Johnson, Diane Mallos, Kathleen Nutt, Molly O’Neil, Dona Ring, Rachel Robboy, Allison Root, Jennifer Smith, Celeste Tuttle, Traci Warmington, Lydia Welton, Wendy Werner and Rika Yano.

For National Charity League of San Fernando Valley debs, the ballroom of the Regent Beverly Wilshire became a Victorian Garden for the debuts of Paige Damron, Jennifer Eikenmeyer, Kristin Gangi, Angela Grimaldi, Karen Hallsman, Melissa Hill, Kimberly Kisylea, Suzanne Much, Holly Speriglio and Abigail Strong.

‘TIS THE SEASON: The Boys Republic Della Robbia Christmas wreath season is bustling. Those aromatic redwood wreaths may be ordered at (714) 591-9122. Proceeds aid youth in crisis and provide professional experience for youngsters. . . .


As a prelude, members of the Women’s Committee of the Pasadena Symphony Assn. partied at Caltech Athenaeum. Today, they host the second day of their Holiday Look-In Home Tour. On the tour: the Greene and Greene of Ann Hazeltine Hyde and Daniel Hyde; Indong and Kyungja Oh’s Tudor; Molly Munger and Stephen English’s Reginald Johnson; and Alan and Laura Tanaka’s Craftsman. Tea will be served at the Ninth Circuit Pasadena Courthouse. . . .

Kathy Gillespie headed Smith College Club of Pasadena’s annual Christmas greenery sale. . . .

Hospital gift shops are touting the season. A gift purchased at Hospital of the Good Samaritan or at the Guildhouse at Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Elysian Park helps a cause. So do greeting cards purchased from the Center for the Partially Sighted Associates, (213) 278-9030.

SOCIAL SCENE: Armand and Harriet Deutsch invited their family plus Ronald and Nancy Reagan, former Vatican Ambassador William and Betty Wilson, and Jimmy and Gloria Stewart for Thanksgiving dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel. . . .


Father Maurice Chase spent the holiday with Irene Dunne and Irene’s daughter Mary Frances Gage and her husband, Robert, before he passed out dollar bills on Skid Row. . . .

Barbara Rush and Warren Cowan hosted a reception for patrons of “Julio . . . for the Children!” and Julio Iglesias, UNICEF special representative for the performing arts, before Julio’s concert at Pantages Theatre. . . .

Photographer-to-the-stars and author Jean Howard, a former Ziegfeld Follies girl who photographed Hollywood at play in the ‘40s and ‘50s, lectured to Patrons of the Costume Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art this week, promoting her first book, “Jean Howard’s Hollywood: A Photo Memoir” (Harry N. Abrams). Guests sipped tea later at the Doris Stein Eye Research Center at UCLA. . . .

Joyce and Ray Watt take over the Hillcrest Country Club next Sunday for a holiday party for HOBY Associates & Friends.


LUNCH: Pam and Peter Mullin co-chair the American Ireland Fund dinner in January honoring former President Reagan with the Distinguished Leadership Award. They brought in some super planners for lunch at Jimmy’s--Constance Towers Gavin, Claudia Mirkin, Kathleen McCarthy, Betty Rodeno, Geraldine Frawley, Helen Close, and, of course, Jimmy and Anne Murphy, last year’s co-chairs.

THE TOUCHES: Every party’s different: JoAnne Jordan decorated the California Museum of Science and Industry with 18-foot brushed aluminum towers for the President’s Council banquet of the California Museum Foundation.

In contrast, pony tails and lettermen’s sweaters layered with a Hula Hoop contest were de rigueur for the Greater Los Angeles chapter of Childhelp USA party that Gloria McCord, Gloria Fillebrown and Janell Alden Brainard created at Wilshire Country Club.

THE NAMES: Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, jets in from Washington Dec. 12 to present super celebs Kirk and Michael Douglas with the Sheba Humanitarian Award at the 19th annual Friends of Tel Hashomer Tribute Dinner at the Beverly Hilton. A yule attitude abounds with a choice of black or red tie.