As far as the Friends of Fine Arts of the University of Southern California are concerned, George Charles Page, the philanthropist, is their man for 1985.
Tonight at Frances Klein Jewels on Rodeo Drive, Frances Klein and the Friends host a cocktail party at which they'll talk about Page and announce that he will be the guest of honor at the Jewel Gala II on Feb. 2 at the Beverly Hilton's Grand Ballroom. The gala, a "golden evening for USC's School of Fine Arts," will include, we're told, a reception, gourmet dinner, dancing to the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and a "24-karat extravaganza" of a fashion show produced by June Van Dyke and featuring a retrospective of Jean Louis' fashion creations. Loretta Young, a Jean Louis fashion plate and a friend of the designer, is the gala's honorary chairman and Mrs. Happy Franklin its working chairman. Also on the gala committee are, among many more, Mrs. Harold Borden, Mrs. Richard B. Coyle, Mrs. Earle E. Crandall, Mrs. Kennedy B. Galpin, Mrs. Merrill Lowell and Mrs. Robert C. Westmyer. Sol Laykin, Dr. and Mrs. Armand Hammer, Anna Bing Arnold, Joan B. Kroc, Fred Hayman, Gale Hayman, Mrs. Frank Roger Seaver, Tiffany's, Marcia Weisman, Ellen and Berny Byrens and Contessa Cohn are among the patrons, benefactors and underwriters.
Israel's Ambassador to the U.S. Meir Rosenne will address the Chai (it means life in Hebrew) Committee of the Women's Division of the United Jewish Fund when the group holds its first meeting Wednesday at the home of Frances and Norman Lear. Adrea Carter has organized the meeting and with her husband, Victor, has also commissioned a limited edition sculpture by Michael Katz (the artist who designed the dove of peace given by the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to Israel's then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin) that will be presented to all the guests. For 1985, the Women's Division has Edna Weiss as adviser and vice chairman and Linda Rosenberg as campaign chairwoman. And among those serving on the Chai Committee with Mrs. Carter are Barbara Belzberg, Dorothy Corwin, Beverly Gelfand, Geri Firks, Elaine Goldsmith, Sylvia Weisz Hirschfield, Janice Taper Lazarof and Barbi Weinberg.
News of a romantic nature: Hernando and Fiorenza Courtright announced the engagement of his daughter, Carina, to Wayne Quasha at an informal dinner party at the Beverly Wilshire. Among those listening to the happy tidings were Carina's brother De Vigne, Dr. Howard House with Nanette Fabray, Dr. and Mrs. Franklin D. Murphy, Grace and Henry Salvatori, Shirlee and Jack Hennessy and Alfredo de la Vega.
Councilwoman Peggy Stevenson's son Bruce married Nancy Lynn Julian at St. Sophia's. The wedding celebration took place at the California Club where the guests included Councilman and Mrs. John Ferraro, Kay Brown with Webster Phillips, Jayne and Henry Berger, attorney Neil Papiano, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Skouras Jr. (their son Charles Skouras III was best man), Rosemary Tomich, Maureen Womack and Virginia Miranda, who is Councilwoman Stevenson's deputy.
Father Maurice Chase conducted the marriage of Marie Snodgrass and Steven Tramz at the Church of the Good Shepherd. And later Marie's parents, Dale and Charles Knipe Snodgrass, hosted a dinner dance for the newlyweds at the Bel-Air Country Club. Friends and family included Marie's brothers John, Gene and Ernie; Frank and Suzy Cross; Guadalupe Hank with son Hector; attorney Maurice Harwick and his wife Sue who left the next day for a week's holiday in Hawaii; Robert and Jane Kramer; Sachi and Larry Irving; the William Hollingsworths; Lucy (Zahran) and Dr. Jim Bonorris; Dr. Joseph and Suzanne Marx; and designer Ruben Panis who finished the mother of the bride's jeweled gray dress at 5 p.m. that afternoon.
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