United Way directors, supervisors and Chamber of Commerce stalwarts are among those invited to a select luncheon of community leaders today in the Music Center Blue Ribbon Room. They'll be there to see philanthropist Cyril C. Nigg receive the Victor M. Carter Humanitarian Award. The first award was bestowed on Carter last year. He will present the second to Nigg.
The honor was inaugurated last year by United Way to salute annually a person whose life is a "humbling example of public service and commitment to his fellow man."
Ann Shaw chairs the luncheon. Roy A. Anderson, United Way chairman, will welcome guests, and Larry McCormick will laud the recipient in a tribute.
Nigg serves on the boards of St. John of God Hospital, Maryvale, numerous Catholic charities, the California Institute for Cancer Research. He's a past president of United Way, the University of California Alumni Assn., the Vernon Rotary Club and the Sales Executive Assn. He's a trustee of the Catholic Welfare Bureau, a trustee of St. Vincent's Hospital Medical Building, former regent at Immaculate Heart College and the University of California. And, he's Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great and a Knight of Malta. On the business side, he's retired chairman and chief executive officer of Bell Brand Foods, Ltd. And that's not small potato chips, you know.
Let's set some big dates:
Barbara Bush, the wife of the vice president, has agreed to speak Jan. 28 on "The Eradication of Illiteracy," for the USC General Alumni Assn.'s Women's Day on campus. Marilyn Zumberge is honorary chairman, and Women's Day dynamos are Linda Dean Maudlin and Sharon Wilson Merz. Hundreds are expected for a day full of seminars. . . .
The vivacious trio of co-chairmen for the upcoming Gourmet Gala, that fun night with celebrity chefs, designers, artists and judges, has exciting news: their date is March 4 at the Sheraton Premiere. Edward William Carter of Carter, Hawley, Hale, has been named dinner chairman to benefit the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.
Furthermore, First Lady Nancy Reagan has said yes to be Special Honorary Chairman. And more honorary illuminaries will be the Armand S. Deutsches, Mrs. Virginia Milner, the William French Smiths, the James M. Stewarts and the Harry Wetzels. The gala committee, too, is illustrious: Mmes. J. Michael Hennigan, Jack Quinn (she'll do the aprons for auction), Thomas Wachtell, Richard Zanuck, Gordon Davidson, John Hotchkis, Steven Thomas, John King, Bruce Ludwig, Gerald Parsky, Sidney Petersen, Donald Tronstein, John Mueller, Douglas Kranwinkle, LeRoy Rahn, Harold Keith, Walter Weisman, Iris Caplan, Timothy Childs, Frank Johnson, Gwynn Robinson, Robert Maguire III, Earl A. Powell and Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Firestone. . . .
It's coming up poinsettias, the 37th Los Solteros Annual Charity Christmas Ball. The gala is Saturday in the Crystal Room of the Beverly Hills Hotel, and the goal, as always, will be to raise funds for Boys Republic, the organization that prepares and sells those beautiful Della Robbia Christmas wreaths.
Los Solteros is the bachelor group of business and professional men. Ball chairman Robert Schoelkopf heads arrangements. He, John Burke, Jack Seifert (president), John Steinlage, Craig Enright, Ron Tinero, Matt Sullivan and Spencer Smith, have tipped their top hats to the ladies and asked the Mount Saint Mary's College Carolers to sing for the occasion. Mary Blanche and Margaret Gross are in the group.
Boys Republic is the Chino nonprofit school community of youths between 14 and 18 who were referred by the Juvenile Court or their parents because of societal or family-adjustment problems.
Nearly 1,000 saw B. Donald (Bud) Grant, president of CBS Entertainment, toasted and roasted brown, tan and pink at Friends of the Los Angeles FREE Clinic's annual benefit dinner at the Beverly Wilshire. In one roast, Brandon Tartikoff called Grant and Harvey Shephard (senior vice president of CBS programming) the " 'Jacoby and Meyers' of programming." Lots of celebrities turned out to net more than $300,000 for the clinic, whose Friends are headed by Mimi West. Among them: Linda Evans, Michael Ogiens, vice president of comedy at CBS (who shared a part in the roast), financier Marvin Davis, Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows.
The clinic last year provided health and mental care, and legal counseling, for more than 30,000 in the county.
We hear the 50th annual Candlelight Ball sponsored by the Juniors of Social Service Auxiliary was glorious and nostalgic, with loyal past presidents and ball chairmen attending in droves for the gala Mrs. John F. Bernard, president, and Mrs. Michael C. Parker, ball chairman, staged at the Beverly Hilton. The duo thinks $100,000 net will go to Regis House, the community center in West Los Angeles.