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Jody Jacobs

A Three-Ring Circus in Two Parts

June 30, 1985|JODY JACOBS

All the hoopla, hustle and excitement of the circus under a Big Top. That's what Betty and Alan Levenson plan to re-create on the spacious grounds of their South Pasadena estate next month.

They'll have a real midway with all its games of chance. There will be clowns, cutting up in classic clown tradition. Machines will pop corn and spin out cotton candy. But so as not to scare anyone, the 46-foot-long tigers will be made of flowers. Naturally, there's going to be a carrousel.

The Levensons (he's the young tycoon behind Small World Greetings and Global Gifts) are planning the kind of party that will appeal to their friends no matter what their ages. And because Alan has recently become involved with the Los Angeles branch of the Make-A-Wish Foundation (the group that tries to fulfill the wishes of terminally ill children), he's turning his circus party into a two-part affair.

During the early part of the evening the party will be for some 75 children from local hospitals (Childrens, Cedars-Sinai and others), board members of Make-A-Wish and a score of television and movie stars. The Levensons' older chums are expected to arrive around 7:30 p.m., suitably attired in circus clothes. For the faint of heart, semiformal attire is OK. And some judicial types have indicated they may show up in their somber working robes. So be it.

The Amazing Blue Ribbon, the Music Center support group, closed its season in a blaze of glory. Well, figuratively, anyway. At the board's last meeting of the 1984-85 year at the home of Chardee Trainer, outgoing executive president Nancy Livingston (she now becomes BR chairman) announced that the group's goal--$1.35 million for the Music Center's Unified Fund--had been met. Huzzahs from everyone.

Then Nancy turned over the gavel (figuratively, too) to Keith Kieschnick, new BR president. And then the board presented Nancy with a gift in appreciation of her hard work as two-term president. The Cartier silver evening bag, said Maggie Wetzel, outgoing chairman, is "the only one of its kind left in the world."

The rest of the news concerned new board members Mrs. John C. Cushman, Mrs. Paul Erskine, Mrs. Joseph Mitchell and Mrs. Richard Zanuck. And those who were returning to the board after absences of several years: Wallis Annenberg, Mrs. Richard Call, Mrs. Henry Mancini, Mrs. Peter O'Malley, Barbro Taper and Mrs. Thomas Wachtell.

After taking care of important business, officers and board members traipsed across the street to the Livingstons' home to join spouses and escorts in an alfresco party.

They were chosen unanimously "for their achievements in film and philanthropy." And at that point producer Leonard Goldberg and his wife Wendy gave in graciously and accepted.

Come Oct. 9 at a Gala Gala in the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the Goldbergs will receive the Maple Center of Beverly Hills' Distinguished Community Service awards for 1985. (The Maple Center is a nonprofit community health center.) Ellen Byrens is chairing the Goldbergs' big night and Stanley Glickman is the center's president.

Beverley Jackson got back to Santa Barbara from New York where she visited with daughter Tracey Jackson, the actress, and immediately plunged into plans for a really big event. Beverley and Mrs. Douglas Dent are co-chairing the Hospice of Santa Barbara black-tie dinner at Birnam Wood Golf Club on Sept. 28. Lady Wright, wife of Sir Oliver Wright, the British ambassador to the United States, is honorary chairwoman. And the guests of honor are the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk (he's England's premier duke and earl), who will be in Santa Barbara ready and willing to join all the festivities.

Before the dinner Mr. and Mrs. Robert Straus, Dr. and Mrs. Jim Calvin and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hicks are hosting three separate cocktail parties. Guests who've bought patron tickets get an additional invitation: a small luncheon for the Norfolks at the new Moorish-style castle of Muriel and John LaTourette. You'll love the hospice benefit committee: Mrs. Palmer Beaudette, the former Cobina Wright Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Fess Parker, who are picking up the tab for the flowers; Marcy Parker, who's in charge of decor; Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Firestone (he's the wine maker); Lulu and Alexander Saunderson; Sir Richard and Lady Latham; Mrs. William P. R. Smith, and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Jordano.

The duchess devotes much of her time to England's St. Joseph Hospice and recently founded Hospice International. Both will share in the proceeds of the Santa Barbara fund-raiser.

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