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Organizers Barge In for L.A. Junior League

November 13, 1986|MARY LOU LOPER | Times Staff Writer

Chairmen always get carried away--their relatives, too. Not only did Candace Waldron head the Junior League of Los Angeles' seventh annual Los Angeles Antiques Show, but she and her husband, Douglas, were highest bidders on the French barge excursion the other evening at the Biltmore gala. Also, assistant chairman Barbara Danielson got royal support from her in-laws. The Richard Danielsons purchased the cruise to Alaska. President Carolyn Milner estimates the net will be more than $130,000, and chairman Jann McCord optimistically says $150,000. She planned the lavish evening--"Somewhere in Time"--adorning the Crystal Ballroom with silver-tasseled dance cards, the gentlemen with oversized mauve boutonnieres (some league husbands were so young they asked what they were), and the ambiance with Michael Carney's Orchestra and vocalist Colleen Casey. At 12:40 a.m. she sauntered up in her Tracey Mills gown and her Faith Porter necklace of 12 layers of crystal wrapped in hematite (it's called crystal lace) and said the band must stop. What a disappointment for the diehards!

Doris Fields assembled a smashing crowd at the Bistro Gardens to introduce sophisticated Italian couturiere Mila Schon. Not only because she speaks Italian, the amiable Betty Wilson, wife of former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican William Wilson, was seated at the designer's right. More crowding around the table and admiring David Jones' centerpieces with the bright-red peppers were Marion Jorgensen, Louise Good, and her house guest, the irrepressible Evelyn Lambert, visiting from Italy (she swims daily in a 90-degree pool and has the skin of a starlet), Carla Bigatti (the designer's manager of distribution in the United States), Giney Milner (who, with the Wilsons recently hosted Portugal's former Ambassador to the Vatican Helder de Mendonca e Cunha, Duarte Pinto Coelho of Madrid and artist Pedro Leitao of Lisbon, taking them to the Wilsons' ranch in Mexico), Onnalee Doheny, Mignon Winans, Gloria Stewart--all at one table.

Host Giuseppe Battaglia and Kay Battaglia (he's opened the Schon boutique at 456 N. Rodeo Drive) was greeting all the guests over the brodo freddo di crema acida e caviale and the cappellini con salsa di pomodoro, the salmone piastra and the sorbetto ai lamponi freschi-- with California red and whites for variety.

Others in on the fun were Erlenne Sprague, Jane Del Amo, Marianne Rogers, Midge Clark, Ceil Moore, Betty Williams, Monica Steele (store manager), Frances Skipsey, Louise Dougherty, Eleanor Colt, Jean Trousdale, Chardee Trainer, Patricia Kennedy, Connie Wald, Sedge Plitt, Jeanne Sully, Natalie Robinson, Katie Kline, Merle Kingsley, Virginia Oppenheimer.

MIDAS TOUCH: Paddy Grant couldn't wait to tell all: Benefit chairman of the Pasadena Showcase House of Design Cindy McNeish has tallied up. And the donation to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra will be $260,000. Additional funds will go to the music mobile program, the Pasadena Youth Concert and the Pasadena instrumental competition.

UPSCALE: Cynthia Gregory will be the focus at a pretty garden in San Marino next week when the benefit committee of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Diabetes Assn. and the Los Angeles Times host a private party to kick off the Los Angeles Chapter's March 9 gala. She will star with Linda Ronstadt in concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. First Lady Nancy Reagan will be honorary chairman.

The committee is lively: Mrs. John Darrell Kerckhoff, Mrs. Timothy A. Morphy, Mrs. Edmund Joseph Regan II, Mrs. David Davis, Mrs. Clarence E. Fleming Jr., Mrs. Frank Haltom, Mrs. John Jorgensen, Mrs. Robert W. Malone, Mrs. Roger Medearis, Mrs. John Albin, Mrs. Bruce Blomstrom, Mrs. Gregory R. Brundage, Mrs. Donald Dewey, Mrs. Jerome F. Clark, Mrs. John Heckendorn, Mrs. Lary Mielke, Mrs. Kathy Tolegian, Dr. Kathleen Wishner, Mrs. Donald Titus, Mrs. Jeb Stuart, Mrs. John Seiter, Mrs. Craig R. Norton, Mrs. John A. Payonzeck, Mrs. Bernard A. Reiling Jr., Mrs. Steven Serrurier, Mrs. Hervey Segall and Mrs. Stephen Russell.

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