In a celebration saluting the leadership role of women, the YWCA of Los Angeles pays tribute April 23 to Judith Harris Murphy and 10 other outstanding women. The occasion is the Leader Luncheon XII at the Westin Bonaventure.
Mrs. Murphy will become only the third recipient of the YWCA's prestigious Athena Award, given for outstanding volunteer and civic commitment. Anna Bing Arnold and Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson are previous recipients.
YWCA Los Angeles president Virginia Tanzmann and luncheon chairman Keith Kieschnick are full steam ahead on the affair, timed to coincide with National Volunteer Week.
Others being honored with Silver Achievements in their respective fields will be Jane Hurd, CEO at Childrens Hospital; Lovie Yancey, president, Fatburger Inc.; Adrienne A. Hall, vice chairman, Eisaman, Johns & Laws, Advertising Inc.; Georgia Ricci Nelson, Southern California Edison; attorney Shirley M. Hufstedler; Helen Harris, founder/president, Retinitis Pigmentosa International; Dr. Judith Ann Pachciarz, Wadsworth-VA Hospital; Cheryl Miller, 1984 U.S. Olympic gold medalist, and Beulah Quo, actress.
The annual fund-raiser (call Maura Walsh at the YWCA, (213) 482-3470, for tickets) provides businesses and organizations with a mode to honor their outstanding women employees and clients.
The Music Center Mercado's '86 Preview Party on Tuesday to kick off the Mercado in June (the 1984 event netted $750,000) is booked up. Saks Fifth Avenue of Beverly Hills is staging cocktails and the international fashion show.
Pia Zadora headlines the National Multiple Sclerosis Society entertainment honoring jockey Bill Shoemaker on Tuesday at the Beverly Hilton.
Five of Shoemaker's fellow jockeys join the program--Eddie Delahoussaye, Sandy Hawley, Chris McCarron, Lafitte Pincay and Pat Valenzuela.
Among those reserving tables are Robert and Betty Strub, the Frank Grisantis, the Merlin Olsens, the Frank Alessias, and the Richard Riordans. Tickets are $250 and $500.
And Saturday evening, Pia and the 42-piece Donn Trenner Orchestra will entertain at the Los Angeles Chapter, Myasthenia Gravis Foundation Inc. annual dinner at the Beverly Hilton. Co-chairmen Mort and Sylvia Olshan are calling the night "A Four-Star Affair."
The foundation's 1986 Humanitarian of the Year award will be awarded to Norman Cousins for his lifelong contributions to literature, science, law and medicine.
Sid Caesar will make the presentation and Tony Randall will emcee the evening. Korean comedian Johnny Yune, veteran of 30 Johnny Carson shows, will entertain also. The Olshans are hoping to net $140,000.
Acceptances have come in from Ann-Margret and her husband Roger Smith, Susan Anton, Dudley Moore and Marvin Hamlisch, to name-drop. Tickets are $175.
Finishing touches are adorning the Los Angeles premiere performance of "The Italian Lesson" starring Jean Stapleton on Wednesday at UCLA Schoenberg Hall. That night Miss Stapleton, best known to audiences as Edith Bunker in "All in the Family," will present the Broadway-bound one-woman show, a monologue from the material by Ruth Draper set to music by Lee Hoiby.
It's a $200-per-person benefit co-chaired by Norman Lear and Bill Honig and aiding L.A.'s "Fame School," the Academy of Performing and Visual Arts, which holds arts education classes at 13 sites throughout Los Angeles County. Educator Jack Plimpton is the executive director.
Chairman Ruth Bloom and Sylvia Hirsch, Dorothy Metcalfe, Carol Porter and Larry Spellman are among those detailing the gala. The supper, menu, music--post-Stapleton--will continue in the Italian ambiance.
The Diadames luncheon Tuesday is also star-struck. We "Go Broadway," says Rosamind White, who's moved the affair to the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire so more can attend.
Table settings--the creative productions--are being produced by Joni Smith and directed by Arletta Tronstein. And the cast of arrangers includes Lucy Bonorris, Kathy Kilroy, Marilyn McDaniel, Kay McKay, Pat Moller, Margaret Spillane (she's been lounging in Switzerland several weeks) and Adrienne Underwood. President Barbara Richardson will be in the wings.
It was a happy group that took over Chasen's the other night for the Right to Life League of Southern California Founder's Circle Dinner honoring Supervisor Michael Antonovich for his pro-life stand.
Gloria Griffin, chairman for a second consecutive year ("You always want to do the next benefit better"), was at the front door, greeting guests with Ann Blyth McNulty, honorary chairman, and some of her dinner committee including Sally Conn, Patty Burschinger and Mrs. Roger Sullivan. The dinner was strictly blue-ribbon: Scampi Maison, then grapefruit sorbet followed by roast crowned rack of veal with sauce Piccato, asparagus and the Grand Marnier souffle.
The blue-ribbon occasion also brought out the Most Rev. Roger Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles and, as master of ceremonies, Pat Boone lent the ecumenical vibes.