Stars do make a benefit shine. There's great star quality in upcoming events. Not only will the Jean Patou Haute Couture Collection designed and presented by Christian Lacroix be on the marquee, so to speak, when the Costume Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the French Committee for Trade Exhibitions Abroad (in conjunction with the French Trade Commission in Los Angeles) have their gala celebration and dinner dance, "A Salute to French Impressions," Oct. 30 at the Beverly Wilshire, but, honored guests will be His Excellency the Ambassador of France to the United States Emmanuel de Margerie, and his wife . . .
Camilla Chandler Frost, civic and arts leader and chairman of the executive committee of the County Museum of Art board of trustees, will be in the spotlight Nov. 5 at the Century Plaza when the Los Angeles Arts Council stages its seventh annual Armand Hammer Award Luncheon. She'll be honored for her outstanding contributions to the cultural life of Los Angeles. Abigail Van Buren will be master of ceremonies. Arthur Groman and Saul Warshaw are luncheon co-chairmen. . . .
Pitzer College is switching its National Issues Forum to the fall. Robert E. (Ted) Turner will give what is labeled as a "major address" at the Oct. 21 dinner honoring civic leaders Ernest and Jean Hahn. The bids are out from trustees and Dr. Chadwick F. Smith, chairman, for the Beverly Wilshire, and they specify "not black tie." . . .
Warren Littlefield of NBC, Steve Mills of CBS and Gary Pudney of ABC are the raison d'etre for the Los Angeles Friends of National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine Entertainment Industry Division Humanitarian Award Dinner Dance Oct. 23 in the Beverly Wilshire Ballroom. Terry F. Campbell of First Interstate Bank is dinner treasurer. . . .
Los Angeles attorney Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, a UC Regent and former congresswoman and county supervisor, will be feted as Good Scout of the Year Oct. 29 at a testimonial luncheon at the Beverly Hilton. Proceeds from the $150-per-person affair will benefit scouting in South-Central Los Angeles. . . .
Emmy Award winners Sharon Gless and Fay Kanin will be saluted by the American Women in Radio and Television at the 32nd annual awards luncheon Oct. 25 at the Beverly Wilshire. Gless receives the 32nd "Woman Performer" Genii Award; Kanin, past president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and writer/producer, gets the "Woman Behind the Scene" kudos. . . .
Clement and Lynn Hirsch were right up front in the Directors' Room at Santa Anita Park when the Oak Tree Racing Assn. hosted opening day and a magnificent luncheon for an exclusive crowd. Hirsch is serving his 18th season as president of Oak Tree, the non-dividend paying organization which earmarks its profits for thoroughbred enterprises related to research, care and breeding.
It was a sporty, attractive crowd: Harry and Diane Rinker of Newport Beach (she's a new member of the Angels of the Arts, the group of 100 members dedicated to the new Orange County Performing Arts Center, the counterpart of Los Angeles' Blue Ribbon), John and Annabeth Elmore, Joe (he's Cecil B. DeMille's grandson) and Barbara Harper (she wearing a DeMille heavy gold medallion), Bob and Betty Strub, John and Betty Mabee of San Diego, Virginia and Mike Sandler, Michael Morphy, Sallie Colmery, Benjamin and Ellen Felton, Jimmy Kilroe, Mrs. David C. Seager, Jack and Maggie Robbins, Patty and Fred Duckett, Dr. and Mrs. Jopseph Messler, Raymond and Dorothy Rogers, Lou and Susan Rowan, Dr. and Mrs. Henry Chavez (he's racing commissioner), the William T. Pascoes III, Harold C. Ramser (he's an Oak Tree director). Now, it's racing for the month, leading up to the Super Bowl of horse racing--the Breeder's Cup Day, which Oak Tree hosts Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park with more than $10 million in purse money.
We should have told you that the sensational opening of the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa wasn't any ordinary opening: It was a benefit--netting, says executive director Thomas Kendrick, $1 million plus.
The Peninsula Fair, one of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Affiliates most popular fund-raisers, weather permitting, will be enjoyed by 75,000 families Sunday, and will raise more than $500,000 for the orchestra. Nancy Holtshouse is chairman. On her committee of 150 are many of the original Peninsula Committee members of 1972: Corinna Smith, Marlene Iverson, Joanne De Luce and Marge Cleveland. The fair is an all-day music festival on the campus of Chadwick School in Palos Verdes. In addition to two Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts, expect jazz, country music, dance. . . .