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Wild About November and Al Jarreau

November 03, 1985|MARY LOU LOPER | Times Staff Writer

Every month in Los Angeles is a generous benefit month, but September, October, November, February, March, April and May--those seven--get the most nods from date-seeking chairmen. November is heavy, because the city has to get in all that fund raising before the crowds relax and go out every night in December for fun and pure friendship.

That's generalizing. Nevertheless, it explains why November is wild.

And, as for the California Special Olympics team, they're wild about Al Jarreau, the jazz star whose performances at the Greek Theater were sold out last summer, as their featured entertainer of the evening for the second annual "Spirit of Friendship Gala" on Nov. 23 at the Century Plaza.

Rafer Johnson, president of the board of the group, and supporters including the Sheldon Ausmans, the Norton Browns, the Charles Millers (Avery Products) and the Fred Clareys, have the house more than half sold for the affair. The audience will participate with Monty Hall in a "Let's Make a Deal" auction. The popular Groundlings also will perform and so will Special Olympian Daimon Thompson and the Los Amigos Special Olympic Choral group.

Carl Karcher, chairman of the board and CEO of Carl's Jr. restaurant chain, will accept the Friendship Award for his ongoing support of a unique sports training camp for Special Olympic athletes.

Joseph Di Sante and Fred Fichman of ABC Television (who received rave reviews last year for providing the audience with a fun time) have been invited back to produce the show, which, of course, is black-tie and should attract close to 1,300 at $250 per person. Not bad, according to chairman Stephen Ackerman.

More Huntington Sheraton patchwork. Mrs. Daniel R. Burschinger of the Pasadena Garden Club and her co-workers including president Mrs. William Goodan, and Mmes. Harry McLaughlin, Kingston McKee, Edward W. Engs III, Earle J. Wilson, Richard F. Miller, William S. King, William G. Williams Jr. and Henry Buckingham, had to do some scurrying to find a new location for their luncheon to replace the closed Huntington.

They've moved to the Continental Room of the Pasadena Hilton for their "Living With Flowers" morning with Eszter Haraszty on Nov. 26. Hannah Bradley will decorate tables with flowers from members' gardens.

A landscape architect and floral designer, the speaker will lecture and show slides. Her award-winning textile designs are on display in New York's Museum of Modern Art and London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

"Using the right flowers and greenery to fill one's life and home with color, warmth and joy is her message," says Mrs. Burschinger.

With proceeds, the Garden Club will support good causes such as Descanso Gardens, the California Arboretum Foundation, Earthside Nature Center, Friends of the Arroyo Seco, the Nature Conservancy and Pasadena Beautiful.

Ticktockers of the National Charity League of San Fernando Valley present their daughters at the 20th annual debutante ball Nov. 30 in the ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire.

The debutantes wearing pearl and gold medallions will be Brandyce Lee Accetta, Julie Marie Cowderoy, Katherine Louise Donahoo, Leslie Ann Sevlian, Mary Margaret Stewart, Courtney Michele Selan and Diane Williamson.

Show-biz humanitarian Monty Hall is chairman and the chief executive officers of 11 major department stores on the West Coast have agreed to be honorary chairmen, so that means unusual clout for what the Variety Club of Southern California and the entire West Coast fashion industry is announcing as "The Greatest Fashion Show and Auction" ever. It's Nov. 17 at the Century Plaza.

Fashion Industries for Variety Club Children's Charities co-chairmen are JoAnn Miller, Judy Baker, Patti Miller and Rommie Davis.

Those honorary chairmen are Robb Hampson, Buffums; Michael Hecht, the Broadway; Alan Questrom, Bullock's; Jerome Nemiro, Bullock's Wilshire; Phil Hawley, Carter Hawley Hale; Steven Somers, I. Magnin; Judith Hofer, the May Co.; John Martins, Neiman-Marcus; James Nordstrom, Nordstrom; Michael Gould, J. W. Robinsons, and Martin Fisher, Saks Fifth Avenue.

UniCamp, UCLA's student-run summer camp, celebrates its 50th anniversary with a gala fund-raiser Nov. 15 at the Beverly Hilton. The dinner honors Mayor Tom Bradley, former UniCamp director Luke Fishburn and Dr. William H. Grishaw.

The camp is located in the San Bernardino National Forest at two rustic sites.

Did you know? Former UniCamp counselors include UCLA vice chancellor of public affairs Alan Charles, Municipal Court Judge Sherrill D. Luke, City Councilman Joel S. Wachs and Superior Court Judge Raymond C. Cardenas.

The Bethune Ball presents a gala fund-raiser next Sunday to benefit the company's "Dance Outreach" project to help disabled children learn to dance.

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