"Who said ladies can't keep a secret?" asked last year's honoree, Linda Yuppa. "I don't even know! The secrecy around here rivals Price-Waterhouse."
The name of the 1985 Junior Woman of the Year, announced by the Assistance League of the Newport Beach Junior Auxiliary at a luncheon-fashion show Friday at the Irvine Marriott Hotel, had been one of the better-kept secrets in the county, at least for a month.
Finalists for the award were Mary Anderson, Laguna Beach Free Clinic; Karin de Riszner, Children's League of Fullerton; Nancy Hines, Junior League of Newport Harbor; Carolyn Plettick, Anaheim Secondary Council PTA; Barbara de Boom, Newport Harbor Chamber of Commerce; Carolyn Fry, Assistance League of Orange; Bunny Pero, American Diabetes Assn., and Joyce Ukropina, Providence Speech and Hearing Center.
Virginia Castle, an active league member since 1940 who now has an auxiliary named in her honor, individually introduced the nominees and listed their achievements; the announcement of Nancy Hines as 1985 Woman of the Year met with thunderous approval from the audience of about 560.