Stepping through a grand floral coronet is a tradition at the Coronet Debutante Ball. Twenty young women in white gowns, carrying pink velvet muffs covered with petals, thus made their formal curtsy at the 48th ball in the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom.
The Thanksgiving weekend event, with debutantes home from college, traditionally is the first of the holiday debutante balls.
Looking on were Linda McCann, ball director, and Janet Walther, president of the National Charity League, Los Angeles chapter.
Wearing the gold coronet-shaped lavalieres presented them by their mothers at an earlier tea were Elizabeth Abramson, Christina Caan, Carolyn Carlson, Kathleen Citron, Maureen Dowling, Amanda Kaplan, Katherine Kuchenbecker, Holly Markovitz, Courtlan McClintock, Kelley McEachern, Courtney Miller, Kara Older, Emily Olsen, Christiana Purdy, Allyson Rinella, Elisabeth Salz, Sloane Starke, Robin Ure, Caroline Van Oosterom and Adina VerBrugghen. Allison Neiman and March Wiseley were presented in absentia.
Pep Rally: In addition to heading West Coast Sotheby's, Andrea Van de Kamp is chairwoman of the Music Center, which has set a $9-million goal for its annual Unified Fund, chaired by Phyllis Hennigan (who is also president of the Blue Ribbon of the Music Center).
Everyone knows that Van de Kamp is also a sports enthusiast. So, with the rah-rah usually reserved for football games, Van de Kamp and Hennigan kicked off the fund campaign, bringing 200 "cheerleaders" together and announcing the team is already "at the 40-yard line and poised for a touchdown."
Among the community leaders primed for victory: Roy Anderson, Sam Bell, Fred Roberts, Joni Smith, Constance Gavin, Joan Hotchkis, Genevieve McSweeney, Fran W. Muir, Alyce Williamson and Mary Zinser.
Last year's goal was $9.6 million, of which $8.4 million was raised.
Past Perfect: The crowd attending the Art Center College of Design scholarship gala whisked through the Fine Art Dealers Assn. Art Exposition and bought lots of paintings. Among the guests were Alyce (chairwoman) and Spud Williamson, Peter and Elaine Adams, Ernestine Avery, Mary Louise and Art Crowe, Lisa and Bob Bell, David and Holly Davis, Gordon and Constance Fish, and Barbara and William Steinwedell.
Big Night: Tony Danza will do song and dance. Sid Caesar is guaranteed to make the audience laugh. And as "With a Little Help From Our Friends" is the evening's theme, the Center for the Partially Sighted has a winner Wednesday at the Beverly Hilton. Five individuals who have been generous to the agency, founded by Sam Genensky, will be recognized: William Elliott, Max Factor III, Dr. Alan Shabo, Gary Smith and Fred Stern.
Jolly Season: The celebrations and parties are numerous this month. Tuesday evening, Gov. Pete Wilson and his wife, Gayle, host their annual holiday celebration at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento's historic Old Town . . . Claremont McKenna College President Jack L. Stark and his wife, Jil, host "A Madrigal Feast" this evening at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum on campus . . . At Jimmy's Restaurant tonight, benefactors will be honored at the John Wayne Cancer Institute dinner dance . . . The Pasadena Historical Museum and the Docent Council entertain at their 25th annual holiday open house, "An Edwardian Christmas," today from 2 to 4 p.m. at the 1905 Fenyes Mansion in Pasadena . . . And four Pasadena-area homes are featured today on the annual Holiday Look In Home Tour sponsored by the Women's Committee of the Pasadena Symphony Assn. The owners are Sharon and Frank Arthofer, Jane and Carl Hulick, Debbie and Terry Lanni, and Lucy Edwards.