Last year it was the samba beat and Rio's carnaval that had members of the Auxiliary of the Hathaway Home for Children stepping high. This year the auxiliary is in a more mellow mood as it re-creates the old, gentle and romantic South on Saturday night at a Magnolia Ball. "Gone With the Wind's" own Melanie, a k a actress Olivia de Havilland, is honorary chairman. With the help of Linda Reed (she's also serving as benefit chairman) who has done extensive interior restorations in historic Natchez, Miss., and Raul Rodriguez, who has designed many a Rose Parade float, the Sheraton Grande's ballroom will look like a Southern plantation. A river boat, azaleas and, of course, magnolia trees in full bloom will add to the "you-all" ambiance. There'll be a bit of gambling going on Saturday aboard that river boat and the Dixieland music will come from Dave Bourne and the Resurrection Brass Band.
Everything, but everything, goes the Southern route including the big prize, Delta Airlines and Hilton Hotels' gift, a trip to New Orleans, and Williams-Sonoma table favors, Chef Paul Prudhomme's "Louisiana Cajun Magic" spices.
Getting their crinolines and hoop skirts ready are auxiliary president Emily Peck, and auxiliary members like Lisa Bloomingdale Bell, Kathryn Klinger Belton, Jill Morse, Bitsy Jennings, Donna Wolff, Carolyn Murphy Milner, Marcia Wilson Hobbs, Geri Gleason Chutuck, Lucy McBain and many more. And lending their support to Hathaway as members of the honorary committee are Mayor Tom Bradley, Carol and Walter Matthau, Binnie and Mike Frankovich, Victoria and Ed McMahon, Andrea and California Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp, Mrs. Thomas Wachtell, Burt Reynolds, the Vince Scullys, Pat and Lawrence A. Hyland and Arthur Park.