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Mothers Are in the Spotlight at Benefits

May 08, 1985|MARY LOU LOPER | Times Staff Writer

Mothers are being showered with all sorts of love and attention this week.

Mrs. John J. Doumakes will be introduced as 1985 Mother of the Year at the "Our Fair Lady--Mother" luncheon that Mrs. William H. Oldknow and Mrs. John T. Pappas are staging Saturday in the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire.

Actress Barbara Billingsley ("Leave It to Beaver") also will be in the spotlight at this annual celebration by the Philoptohos Society of St. Sophia Cathedral. And couturier Michael Novarese assures fashion pleasure with his show.

Mrs. Doumakes, president Mrs. Nicholas Bissias says, has been named for her outstanding service to the cathedral.

Assisting the chairmen (proceeds benefit the UCLA Medical Center department of pediatrics and St. Sophia charities) are Mmes. Ernest J. Alex, George J. Brotsis, James P. Camperos, Andrew Evangelatos and Theodore A. Lambros.

Dear Mom gets loving care, too, Saturday when Mmes. W. Malcolm O'Donnell and Robert Randolph Hill go pink with spring flowers for the Coronet Patronesses of the National Charity League of Los Angeles annual Mother-Daughter Luncheon at the Encino home of immediate past president Mrs. James Frederick Liebenguth.

Mrs. Robert Lee Humphreys is incoming Patronesses president. Merelyn O'Donnell will be vice president.

Paula Minotta is current president. Mrs. Woodrow W. Meier will install the new board.

And Sunday at the Brentwood home of Pamela and Arthur Leeds, the Mother's Day Brunch theme celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Westside Women's Clinic is "Generations of Women Helping Women."

The idea will be to salute prominent mothers and daughters whose civic and professional lives have significantly contributed to community betterment of women.

Chosen combos: Valerie Brisco-Hooks (winner of three gold medals in the Olympic Games) and her mother, Guitherea Brisco, homemaker; Elissa Kline, sound engineer and studio manager of Sync-Sound Inc., New York, and her mother, Josine Ianco-Starrels, director of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; Millie McCoo, director of the Foreign Press Center, and her sister, Glenda Wina, KCBS-TV news reporter, and their mother, Dr. Mary McCoo, physician; Marcia Medavoy, national board member of the Women's Campaign Fund, and her mother, Rosalind Rogers, volunteer activist; Gloria Molina, California's first Latina assemblywoman, and her mother, Concepcion Molina; and Catherine Unger, fund-raising consultant, and her mother, attorney Ruth Lavine.

Benefit chairman Mrs. Patrick J. Frawley has pulled a coup for the Los Angeles Orphanage Guild Sunday Soiree on May 19 at Chasen's California Room.

An autographed portrait of Pope John Paul II by Karsh of Ottawa, Canada, one never published here before, will be the cover of the 26th-year publication of the guild-produced Rotogravure distributed by the Los Angeles Times and the Herald Examiner on Mother's Day.

The guild has a one-time only release for the picture, and the centerfold will contain an embossed blessing by His Holiness to the guild and the Children of Maryvale, which benefits from the guild's activities. Mmes. Dwight C. Hirsh and Frank H. Powell are also leaders in the project.

Former covers have featured Bing Crosby, Cary Grant, John Wayne, Helen Hayes, Jimmy Stewart, Bob Hope, Frank and Barbara Sinatra, Princess Grace and, last year, First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Mrs. Laughlin E. Waters, president, named Mmes. Charles F. Bergesch II and L. Langdon Taylor to assist Mrs. Frawley on the party, a 38-year tradition.

Clark Keen will play for dancing. Charles Bergesch coordinates decor.

Are you ready for "Gold Triangle"?

It's supposed to be the witty board game in which players buy and sell dozens of the most exclusive and glamorous Beverly Hills shops--Van Cleef & Arpels, I. Magnin, Gucci, etc., etc.

Designer Stacia Alden, who's from Oz (i.e. Kansas), is marketing the Art Deco-style game board for $35. However, for the fussy, there's a deluxe leather-gold-and-enamel version for $1,500. It boasts computerized dice and 18-karat stretch limos with precious stones for playing pieces.

L'Ermitage, the only hotel on Stacia Alden's game board, hosts the ritzy celebrity unveiling Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. in Le Salon.

Alden is reputed to have said on arrival in Beverly Hills--"I knew I wasn't in Kansas anymore."

Hot Lips Duerson (that's Grace) has acceptances of nearly 400 for the MASH Party the Pasadena Symphony Juniors concoct Saturday at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.

Generous donations from merchants, including a mystery murder party for eight, assure a net of $50,000, Mrs. Brian Palmer says. Lively bidding is expected for the unique items, including a hayride, a balloon ride and a horse stud service.

"Director of the shooting schedule" is Susan Ralston-McCormick. Her assistant is Susan Patton. Jayne Parsons heads the studio.

The set is the Los Angeles County Arboretum, with Scene 1 the silent auction and an ample sampling of Artillery Punch in the 4077 Officers Club.

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