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Anti-Defamation League Postpones Bradley Honor

September 27, 1985|MARYLOUISE OATES | Times Staff Writer

An invitation for Tom Bradley to be honored by the Anti-Defamation League of Orange County at its dinner in late October has been "postponed."

"In view of what has happened during the past few weeks, we believe that this decision to postpone is in the best interests of the Anti-Defamation League and best for Mayor Bradley," said Harvey B. Schechter, the league's Western Area director.

Controversy erupted when the Los Angeles mayor refused to denounce Black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan prior to his appearance at the Inglewood Forum on Sept 14. Farrakhan had earlier referred to Judaism as "a dirty religion" and to Adolf Hitler as "a great man."

The Anti-Defamation League is an international Jewish human relations organization, founded in 1913 to combat prejudice and discrimination.

CAUSE CELEBRITIES--Are there enough important movie industry people to go around? Monday night will tell the tale here. Activists will have to decide what cause is dearest to their hearts--and if they can make three events in one evening. Up for grabs--People for the American Way, Pro Peace and a very exclusive dinner honoring Ethel Kennedy and Pat Lawford. Barry Diller is inviting industry elite to his home for People for the American Way (that's Norman Lear's group). His invite points out the group opposes "everything for which groups such as the Moral Majority stand" . . . Paul Newman and Frank Wells (he's president and CEO of Walt Disney Productions) are briefing yet more industry types on Pro Peace's Great Peace March at Paul Diener's home (with RSVP's already including Sally Field, Richard Dreyfuss, and Ken Kragen). Interestingly, the invitation stresses "this is not a fund-raiser" . . . But the most exclusive party is upstairs at the Bistro, where superagent Stan Kamen will host the Kennedy sister-in-laws and a couple of dozen others. (They're in town for the $2,500 dinner Tuesday night at Cubby Broccoli's home, benefiting the Human Rights Award of the Robert Kennedy Memorial.)

ONCE MORE, WITH STARS--For the 11th year, the Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center holds its benefit brunch (perhaps the only such annual charity brunch in L.A.). This year it's Stacey and Henry Winkler, Mary Tyler Moore and the stalwart Norman Lear who will be the star attractions at Sandy Moss' home Sunday. Gail Abarbanel, the center's executive director, is expected to announce a significantly expanded school outreach program, which will provide more than 12,000 high school students with information on sexual abuse. More than 6,000 victims, their families and friend have been treated at the center, for which the brunch is the major fund-raising effort. This year, the brunch is being underwritten by the Southland Corp. . . . The Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Artists in the Entertainment Industry presents its 5th annual awards Oct. 18 at the Wilshire Ebell with Elizabeth Montgomery, Barbara Eden and Lou Gossett Jr.

THE SMITHSONIAN SAVES--Downtown folks say there's a very good chance the neon "Jesus Saves" sign, long part of the landmark Church of the Open Door, will go to the Smithsonian Institution in D.C. The church's downtown site near 6th and Hope is now being redeveloped by Lincoln Properties . . . It's not a museum, but Dolly Parton herself is scheduled today to break ground for Dollywood, a theme park involving "her artistry and creativity to preserve her Smoky Mountain Heritage." It's all taking place in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

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