Les Dames Mobilize for Marine Families


Yellow ribbons tie up the invitations for an Easter family brunch at the Regent Beverly Wilshire next Sunday to honor loved ones of Marines in the Persian Gulf. Les Dames of Los Angeles International Hostesses hit upon the concept and are calling it the Beverly Hills Easter Parade. The event benefits the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic.

Four busloads of parents and children will be brought in from Camp Pendleton for the best seats for a parade of puppets by the Bob Baker Marionettes and Easter baskets with surprises.

Chairman Harriet Luckman and idea person Wanda Henderson have engaged Nance Mitchell and Emil Lau in their endeavor. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin will do an Easter tribute.


FANCIED UP: Dads and grandparents especially were invited to the Childrens Hospital Children’s Fashion Show at the Beach Club. Children’s Chain members staging the fun: Tink Cheney, Jane Gosden, Joan Graves, Laurie Griff, Bonnie McClure, Nancy McCullough, Susan Miller and Tally Mingst.

PLAUDITS: Big Sisters of Los Angeles has spent two decades helping young girls at risk of dropping out of school, using drugs and alcohol or becoming teen-age mothers.

With a growing need for funding from the private sector, the Sisters will establish the new Professional Associates. The group will be launched April 23 at a $250-per-person benefit at the Beverly Hilton.

John W. Amerman, CEO of Mattel Inc., and Jill Elikann Barad, president of Mattel USA, will be honored. So will Rayna Hersowitz, outgoing president of Big Sisters.

Frank G. Wells, president of Walt Disney Co., is dinner chairman. Actress Pam Dawber, national spokeswoman for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, will emcee. Thelma Houston will entertain.

The new group will involve women who have attained a high level of personal and professional achievement, says Vicki Martin Johnson, chairman of Professional Associates.

HOT!: A samba beat and fantasy carnival atmosphere produced the Brazilian heat at the Regent Beverly Wilshire for the sizzling Luminaires Juniors’ benefit for the Doheny Eye Institute.

Chairs Diane Avery and Angela Doheny and decorating chairs Debbie Barry and Sharon Davies created tropical fever with multicolored palms and bejeweled masks.

The group (which staged the Bob Mackie night fashion show gala last year at the Beverly Hills Hotel) booked Cecilia Noel and the Wild Clams for a Latin beat with some steaming choreography by Max Junior. Fresh fruit centerpieces were designed to be given later to the homeless.

RESPONSIBLE: For his compassionate leadership in raising corporate America’s consciousness about its social responsibility to employ disabled people, Richard K. Eamer, founder and chairman of National Medical Enterprises, picked up the House Ear Institute’s Humanitarian of the Year Award at the Beverly Hilton. Eamer has a special understanding of the issue because of his own hearing impairment.

Sonance and the Associates, major institute support groups, turned the night into a gala of black-and-white elegance with white palm trees and white orchids in tall epergnes arranged by party planner Arthur Simon.

Getting kudos were Sonance’s benefit chair, Patsy Moller, and the Associates’ benefit chair, Penny Ryan, as well as Frances Hilton, Associates president, and Sherry Lombardi, Sonance president. Leo E. Denlea Jr., CEO of Farmers Group Inc., was corporate chair.

PAST PERFECT: So memorable was the elegant sit-down dinner Julie and Art Pizzinat hosted in their home to fete Warner and Carol Henry before the Henrys left for Paris to spend five months on the Left Bank. For the occasion, Julie brought out her late grandmother’s enormous crystal goblets for French wines. An accordionist for the late chanteuse Edith Piaf created authenticity. . . .

Memorable, too: Penny and Adam Bianchi’s glorious watch-the-twilight-fade-over-the-arroyo terrace party. It evolved into a sit-down celebration of Adam’s birthday, with five tables of friends later rolling up the rugs for late-night dancing.

MAJOR NIGHTS: Gov. Pete Wilson and his wife, Gayle, are honorary chairmen of the Founding Associates of the French Foundation for Alzheimer Research’s “Very Special Moments With Very Special Friends VII” April 7 at the Century Plaza.

Music Center Chairman Ronald J. Arnault is dinner chair, at the request of Dorothy Kirsten French. Promised for the night: Donald O'Connor as master of ceremonies and Art Linkletter, Lorna Luft, Roger Williams and Bob Conti conducting the orchestra. . . .

Group Effort honors Marjorie and Richard J. Stegemeier at its 12th annual dinner auction April 13 at the Sheraton Grande Hotel. (He’s CEO of Unocal and general campaign chair for the Greater United Way of Los Angeles.)

Group Effort is composed of the Arthritis Foundation, Diabetes Unit for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles Children’s Museum and Loyola Marymount University. It’s raised more than $4.5 million for the four organizations.

Peter Caloyeras is chairman. Bob Abell, a founder who has participated in the event every year, will serve as auctioneer. His auction company is celebrating its 75th year.

SPRING LUNCHEON: Luminaires of the Doheny Eye Institute welcomed spring with a look at Travilla fashions at the Beverly Wilshire. Mary D. Allen, who has donated more than $4 million to the institute, was proclaimed an honorary member. In the crowd: Chairman Jaclyn Tilley Hill, Janice Boswell, Carol Mullaney, Elaine Leventhal, Nancy Petersen, Ruth Harbour, Alice Avery, Jo Fisher, Sue Rowan, Betty Williams, Sis Jones, Mary Crary and Isabel Arnett.

EGG ROLL: It won’t be on a lawn, but today the Pinafores of the League for Crippled Children will host its 42nd annual Easter Egg Roll at the Beverly Wilshire.

Pinafores is the league’s mother-daughter service club. One Saturday each month, girls in first through sixth grades, wearing their white pinafores, meet at Orthopaedic Hospital to make tray favors for patients. They’ll be honored at the egg roll.