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Junior League to Mark 60 Years of Service

March 16, 1986|MARY LOU LOPER | Times Staff Writer

Jean Webb Smith, wife of former U.S. Atty. Gen. William French Smith, has been asked to be the "honored speaker" April 8 when the Junior League of Los Angeles celebrates 60 years of service.

The special anniversary celebration is being staged by Julie Prewitt and Liz Freston at 6 p.m. in the Century Room of the Century Plaza Tower, and it's expected to draw 500 league affiliates. Mrs. Smith, who's frequently vowing to write her Washington memoirs, is a past president of not only the Los Angeles league, but also the Association of Junior Leagues.

According to Sue Patrick, president, four "Outstanding Sustainer Awards" will also be presented that evening around the birthday cake. After a process of recommendations, the winners turn out to be Mrs. Gabriel Carlos Duque, Mrs. Homer Toberman, Mrs. James McMahan and Mrs. Donald E. Dickerson.

Mary Duque, president of Childrens Hospital, will be lauded for her service to youth. Lucy Toberman, vice president of the Social Service Commission under Mayor Yorty and a founder of numerous volunteer organizations, including the Colleagues, will be praised for volunteerism. Jackie McMahan, originator of Angels for Autistic Children and the "mother" of the Angels Attic museum in Santa Monica, will be recognized for health and human services. Tam Dickerson will receive kudos in the arts, particularly for co-founding the Performing Tree, which takes art into the classroom for young students.

The Americana Associates, a group of women selected to support the beautification program of the diplomatic reception rooms of the Department of State in Washington, is busily planning a gala honoring the Baroness Nadine de Rothschild of Paris and Geneva.

The baroness is the dear friend of Mrs. George C. Bales, ball chairman. At a luncheon at the Valley Hunt Club hosted by co-chairman Mrs. Warren W. Williamson, the baroness' achievements in art, dance, theater, journalism and philanthropy were discussed. Monday, the Associates will lunch in the Pavillion Room of the Bistro Gardens, courtesy of Mrs. William Vincent, to make further plans. Marion and Florence Malouf (Associates founders), Dona Kendall, Gini Braun, Lydia Hunt Webb, and Mrs. Robert Anderson, Mrs. Richard Eamer, Mrs. Glen Holden, Mrs. Morey Mirkin, Mrs. William Vincent and Mrs. John Yoell will be there.

Wife of Baron Edmond de Rothschild, the baroness is the author of the European best-seller, "The Baroness Returns at Five O'Clock." Mrs. William French Smith is a previous honoree.

It was OK for Greer Garson to be blushing ruby color the other evening when the Ruby Ball Committee, Jimmy Murphy and Nat Dumont garnered her for a special cocktail reception at Jimmy's Restaurant in Beverly Hills. After all, she's to receive the prestigious Lifelighter's Award April 5 at the 35th annual Ruby Ball.

The occasion also gave ball chairman Maureen Womack a good reason to present a glamorous sneak preview of the fashion extravaganza to be presented at the ball by Jeanne Hillis of Palm Springs. The cause is the John Wayne Cancer Clinic at UCLA.

Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth and Bob Mathias, congressman and Olympic gold medalist, will be in the spotlight April 26 at the fifth annual Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Ball at the Century Plaza.

Richard J. Flamson III, general chairman, has sent letters to round up corporation support. Ueberroth receives the Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful) prize; Mathias gets the John Wooden Sportsman Award.

Los Angeles will follow New York (April 11), Chicago (April 12) and Philadelphia (April 18) in the line-up of Marine scholarship balls. Commandant of the Marine Corps P. X. Kelley has said he'll be here for the Los Angeles affair.

Nationwide, the foundation granted scholarships totaling $400,000 from the previous ball.

Joining Flamson on the committee are a group including Michael A. Durkin, Roland E. Arnall, Robert F. Erburu, Robert R. Hubbard, Thomas V. Jones, Lodwrick M. Cook, Warren Christopher, James R. Dent, Dr. Allen E. Puckett, William D. Schulte, Sanford C. Sigoloff and Robert Conrad.

The top-paying partyers christening the West Valley's first luxury hotel, the Woodland Hills Marriott, will arrive with their 'jammies and overnight bags.

How else do you open a hotel? The Cultural Foundation, which is the group with a single-focus idea to build and operate two cultural parks in the San Fernando Valley (ARTS PARK in the Sepulveda Basin with a 2,500-seat theater and a 2,000-seat outdoor performance glen, and Warner Ranch Park in the West Valley, with a Warner Performing Arts Square with a 650-seat theater, a 1,200-seat concert hall and an outdoor pavilion) has the prize for a benefit. Already 600 reservations are in, and Elaine Verchick and Rochelle Goldstein expect 200 more.

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