The Heart Ball at the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom was good for the heart. Everyone was saying "Bless your heart," twirling to Joe Moshay, singing gospel and shaking tambourines (distributed through the audience) with Neil Sedaka.
Even the dinner committee members--Richard J. Pearson, Richard M. Ferry and Dr. Eliot Corday--weren't stressing. The trio had sold out two weeks early. Instead, they were thanking "dynamic donors."
So were dinner chairmen Mmes. Charles D. Miller and Jacklyn Tilley Hill, who decorated the tables with Paris Blooms anthurium, Giorgio perfume, Neiman-Marcus cakes, William Hill 1981 Cabernet Sauvignon and 1983 Chardonnay (the prize-winning wines sipped for President Reagan's inaugural)--something for everyone.
When Dr. Gregory Polito won the Continental Mark VII LSC, Jackie Hill piped: "He lives in Whittier. Our winner last year lived in Whittier. Don't you wish you lived in Whittier!" Happy too, Dr. Ted Vidmar of South Pasadena, who took a $100 chance on the Sitmar Cruise (with a choice of Mexico, the Caribbean, Alaska or the Panama Canal), and won.
Lance Alworth edged out Raylene and Bruce Meyer with $2,700 for the Dodgers honorary bat boy/girl chance; Morgan H. Harris Jr. paid $2,000 for the Lakers adult weekend super camp (in August in Palm Springs); Harry Magnes won the Barbados eight days. Michele and Michael Shaw paid $15,000 for the Loire Valley week at Chateau Plessis-Fortia. Consortium bidding on springtime for 10 in the Highlands of Scotland (in the castle donated for a week by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Mullin) was spirited, though no one seemed sure who had won. Was the transportation for 10, or just two? These things do happen.
In the silent auction, Bill and Eileen Zimmerman tenderly carried away Harry Jackson's sculpture of John Wayne for $2,300, and a coterie of Gamma Phi Betas (in sorority black, and including Carolyn Lee, Karen Jones, Rachel Minster and Susan Partovi) tallied all the results.
Carolyn Miller estimates a gross of $300,000, a net of nearly $250,000, and that was music to the ears of American Heart Assn. supporters such as Jim and Linda Dickason (everyone cornered him because he's on the board of Wells Fargo), Owen and Cathy Harper (everyone cornered him because he's executive vice president at Crocker; he's also chairman of the heart Advisory Council), the John C. Argues, Fred Hartley (who had a dance with his pretty daughter Marnie Gruen), Phillip and Jane Williams, Jim and Pam Boswell, Peggy and Donn Miller, Bill and Sharon Doyle, Joanne Kozberg, Ernestine and Stanton Avery, Meta and Byron Campbell, Joan and Don Hanley, the Leonard H. Strauses, the Paul Colonys, Michael and Pat Moy (chairman of the AMA Greater Los Angeles Affiliate Inc.), Dr. James H. Fleisher and Ruth, Robin and Jerry Parsky, Dr. Clifford B. Cherry.
When Neil Sedaka sang "Breakin' Up Is Hard to Do," every heart in the audience that had a crack was, as they say, reunited.
Mentioning Moshay: what a schedule! The night after the Heart Ball, he played for the Bishop School 76th Anniversary Ball in La Jolla. On his agenda, too, the Braille Institute Auxiliary Light Awards at Chasen's on Feb. 23, the Mary and Joseph League Mardi Gras Ball on March 2 at the Beverly Hilton, the Right to Life dinner March 3 at Chasen's and the American Ballet Theater and Music Center Dance Presentations supper dance following the gala performance March 4 at the Shrine Auditorium to benefit the ballet's five-week annual season.
On their first official visit to Los Angeles, Ambassador for France to the United States His Excellency Emmanuel de Margerie and Madame de Margerie (she's Helene) are getting their wish--a heavy dosage of art.
UCLA's College of Fine Arts Dean Robert H. Gray hosted a luncheon for them Wednesday in Westwood before they toured the campus Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden, the Wight Art Gallery and the Belt Library of Vinciana.
Gray assembled cultural leaders including Consul General of France Francois Mouton, Alexandre Tolstoi (French cultural attache), Dr. and Mrs. Murphy, Pierre Boulez, Earl Powell, Richard Koshalek, UCLA executive vice chancellor William Schaefer, Dr. Edith Tonelli and Dr. and Mrs. Earle Arlette Crandall.
Before Friday morning, the visitors (his great-uncle, Edmond Rostand, wrote "Cyrano de Bergerac") expect to view the Huntington Library, the Norton Simon Museum, the Getty Museum, and possibly the Picasso film opening at the County Museum of Art. Also, Consul General Mouton fetes them at a reception this evening, and then they fly to Palm Springs for a breath of desert air at Sunnylands with former Ambassador Walter and Mrs. Annenberg.