It was the first major fund-raising attempt by Stop LaRouche--the organized effort to defeat the November ballot proposition that the opposition says would quarantine people testing positive for AIDS. At the reception at the hillside home of Gil Garfield, attorney Diane Abbitt told the guests that the LaRouche initiative could take people afflicted with AIDS from their families at a time they need that support the most. The response from the five dozen-plus guests--more than $550,000 raised.
IT'S STILL CALIFORNIA--Washington GOP hotshots say that even though the First Lady reportedly wants Los Angeles as the site of the 1988 Republican Convention, party people are pushing San Diego. Hard. . . . As far as the Democrats, insiders say Kansas City is this month's favorite.
ALOHA--The "hello" kind, as Sunday night Trader Vic's returned after a four-month (and very pretty) face lift. About 200 members of the Fraternity of Friends--that's the Music Center's all-male support group--and their dates were the guests of Lynn and Linda Bergeron (he heads up the Trader Vic's organization). Co-hosting were FOF president Roger Kozberg and wife Joanne--who admitted that even though they had grown up and dated in Beverly Hills, this wasn't a regular spot for them. But that was going to change. Members of FOF--which raised $450,000 for the Music Center's '86 Fund Campaign--chowed down on Polynesian goodies, and did their best to reflect what was supposed to be "island evening attire." On hand, Richard and Ronnie Lippin, Arletta and Don Tronstein, Joan and Marco Weiss, Ethel and Irving Axelrad, Nick and Sylvia Patsaouras, Philip and Betty Ann Koen, almost-parents Kim and Michael McCarty. Also Alan and Joan Burns, Dick Rosenzweig and Judy Henning, Henry and Arline Gluck, Fred Roberts and many other well-known lovers of culture and food.