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The Funds Just Beginning for Museum

February 23, 1986|MARY LOU LOPER | Times Staff Writer

Red Letter Days ahead for the California Museum of Science and Industry.

Morgan H. Harris Jr., managing partner of Korn/Ferry International, has taken over the presidency of the California Museum Foundation, and has announced he is looking for a leadership gift ("It could be a combination gift . . ." ) of at least $5 million to initiate a foundation endowment. "Hopefully, we eventually will raise $50 million," he says.

Second, John Abram, foundation vice chairman, heads the effort to eradicate the debt on the Hall of Economics and Finance and the Aerospace Museum. Third, Peter V. Haight, another vice president, heads the development committee and has a goal of $19 million to fund the 30th anniversary Phase II Fund Drive to complete all existing museum projects, many of them exhibits. They'll be working closely with Don M. Muchmore, executive vice president of the foundation and director of the museum.

That means that museum devotees will be doing lots of financial chat at the numerous social events the next few months.

Thursday the Corporate Excellence Award Banquet is scheduled at the Century Plaza by the museum foundation advisory board. Lod Cook, Arco chairman, is dinner chairman.

At the black-tie affair, George Moody is expected to receive the annual award for Security Pacific National Bank.

March 4, former Secretary of the Air Force Verne Orr will be honored by the museum's directors, the foundation trustees, the Aero Club of Southern California, the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and the Gen. Jimmy Doolittle chapter of the Air Force Assn. The 15th Air Force Band of the Golden West from March Air Force Base will entertain at the Museum's Aerospace Building.

Then, March 10, a reception dubbed "Nightwatch" will be hosted for museum friends with a screening of "The Dream Is Alive," and "Chronos," two IMAX films at the Museum's Mitsubishi IMAX Theater.

In April, a significant group of corporate leaders will cluster for the 29th annual Scientists and Industrialists Awards Banquet.

Los Angeles just loves a rainy day. At least three parties are memorable for the addition of a little water. At the Pasadena Art Alliance Centennial Celebration and Art Auction, the neon sign--Pasadena Art Alliance--glistened in the rain over the entry to the Tanner Car Barn and Stable.

When Lois Boardman and Kathy Gillespie discovered the benefit site leaked, they ordered the roof covered with huge plastic sheets. There were a few dribbles, particularly around the sweets table which Patty Burschinger had so lovingly planned with Two's Company. But it didn't spoil the rice pudding and caramel sauce, or the pecan tarts or lemon meringue pie. The desserts were moved to one side and a silver bowl on a crystal platter caught the rain drips. "Classy, don't you think?" commented James Magee.

Besides, those who purchased the work of contemporary artists in the "My Heart Belongs to Pasadena" show were undampened in their happiness: Joan and John Hotchkis purchased five major pieces, including Bruce Richards' "Take a Chance" and Astrid Preston's "Huntington Heart." "We went overboard," said Joan. Russel and Hannah Kully bought, too--Ann Longyear's neon, "ART," and a Rich Stich and Jerry Byrd. They also bought a Guy Dill piece, but Carolyn and Bob Volk liked it also, so the Kullys amiably parted with it. (The two couples are good European traveling pals.) Gavin Miller purchased the Walter Askin as a gift. Olin Barrett bought the Jay Willis for his office. Jane Olson got Peter Reginato's "Dancing Hearts" for her Valentine, Ron, "because his name has just been added to the law firm" (Munger, Tolles & Olson, now). Penni Bianchi was elated about Barry Campion's "Love Nest," which she and husband, Adam, pursued and won. Debby and Bill Appler flew out from Washington for the party and purchased Joe Fay's "Heart," which they would not let out of their hands. And Dr. Sidney Alexander, president of American Physicians for Social Responsibility, favored Helen Pashigan's "She Stepped Into the Pool With a Sinking Heart." The band played for dancing: "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and that sort of thing. It was very Pasadena.

Meanwhile, over at Loyola Marymount University Fine Arts Council's "Come to the Cotton Club" gala, rain caused the party tent to be moved from the Burns Fine Arts Center, across the street.

Cab Calloway in concert was a sheer sensation, we're told. Two hundred not only dined with a living legend, but heard him, to the tune of raindrops, in concert.

Suzanne Marx, chairman, was directing the affair, with help from Jack Lowrance, Ceil Moore, Alyce Williamson, Dale Snodgrass, Edwin Pauley, Samuel Arkoff and Lillian Fluor. Jesuit Scholastic Michael Tang created the decor. Rococco catered.

Their purpose was to transform the evening into a posh re-creation of New York's famous nightclub and raise funds for the Loyola fine arts programs. Madge and Bob Burford, Marie and Louis Jones, Regina Johansing, Dr. Leon Banks, David and Judy Brown were in on the partying.

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