It wasn't your ordinary benefit--not with First Interstate's Joseph and Dorie Pinola, political king-maker Margaret Brock and major community leaders singing "Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the Cross." It was the Salvation Army's Los Angeles Centennial Celebration at the Sheraton Grande. None other than Gen. Eva Burrows, the Army's affable leader from Australia, was in town. She noted: "We are simple people. We believe God will remake the most mixed-up simple people."
Then she added some humor: She recalled that a New York waiter thought that the two S's on her uniform meant "Scotch and Soda." Not at all. Salvation and more salvation. And she admired the flowers on the dais. Bemused, she noted, "These lovely wildflowers, you know, are called kangaroo paws. They grow around Perth, where the America's Cup is going to run. No one can tell the future, but I think Australia is going to win." Not a soul politely booed.
Lt. Col. David P. Riley, divisional commander, and his wife Gladys, were at the helm, wearing the Red Shield centennial pins bestowed on several hundred invited guests. Hollywood Presbyterian Church's Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie presented the invocation and had a ringside seat when young girls presented a perfect worthy-of-Broadway tambourine rhythmic number. Close by, too, was Territorial Commander Willard S. Evans, who introduced Gen. Burrows. The Steve Allens and Otis Chandler had been named with Mrs. Brock and Pinola as honorary chairmen of the affair. Chandler, who was traveling, sent a message recalling that his grandfather, Harry Chandler, had served as a member of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Advisory Board, which E. John Caldecott currently heads.
John E. Flick, dinner chairman, was instrumental in presenting the coveted Sally Award to nonagenarian Mrs. Frank Roger Seaver and the special "Others Award" to John B. Gostovich.
Gen. Burrows told the audience that when she was received by President Reagan in the Oval Office they prayed together: "I prayed that wisdom might be with him." She was wearing the pin Reagan gave her.
The occasion was perfect to announce the new Salvation Army residential alcohol recovery home, Safe Harbor, to serve women on Skid Row. Involved in that are Army Maj. Al Van Cleef and his wife Sherryl, who flew to San Salvador after the dinner to accompany a planeload of relief supplies and a volunteer medical team to aid earthquake victims. Add to that the Army's charity: 1,507,493 "instances of service" in the county in 1985, including lodging, meals, job referrals, interviews. For instance, the Army provided day camp for 24,655 youngsters, admitted 1,351 to alcohol residential programs, aided 388,776 at seniors centers where they served 505,704 meals, visited 150,432 patients in rest homes, gave 154,119 assistance at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Only a tad of the effort.
Arizona State University President J. Russell Nelson and his wife Bonita have been in Los Angeles a lot over the last few weeks, mingling Saguaro blossoms with rose (Bowl) fever. A little devilry seems OK. Before the Sun Devils beat UCLA, the Nelsons appeared in town with Kax (former chairman of the ASU Foundation) and Bob Herberger of Paradise Valley for a dinner with important local alumni, including First Interstate's Ed and Nadine Carson, the Bruce Andrewses of Orange County and the Westside's Frederick Reishes. Then, they were at the Bonaventure for brunch with 80 alumni before the Sun Devils poked USC with a football victory. Revelers included Arizona banker Budd L. Peabody, who now heads the foundation, and his wife; La Canada's the Max Goodriches and director of development Lonnie Ostrom from Tempe. It was Nelson's chance to announce that ASU's first major capital campaign--for $100 million--has reached $61 million in 18 months and the university has just received an additional $23 million for an engineering/science facility.
Pitzer College is fairly innovative. Its National Issues Forum always raises a few eyebrows and rankles a few people--as it's supposed to do, in proposing viable solutions. Robert E. (Ted) Turner III was at his unorthodox best, in that respect, for this week's dinner at the Beverly Wilshire. Waldo Burnside, Pitzer supporter, got so angry, he walked out after Burnside raised the issue of Afghanistan in the Q&A portion, in rebuttal to Turner's position: "I am absolutely convinced in talking with the Soviets . . . that they want to call off the arms race . . . I hope the Soviet administration can hang in there for two years and we can get an Administration that will look to the future."