Jayni (that's Mrs. Chevy) Chase is a lady with connections. That's why, as benefit chairman for the Big Sisters of Los Angeles Guild, she's arranged for the screening of "Three Amigos" starring Chevy, Steve Martin and Martin Short on Dec. 10 at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theatre. Tex-Mex/casual dress tells it all. Expect a gala fiesta to follow. Honorary chairwoman Sally Field will be joined by celebrities, marking the second anniversary of the guild. Members serve as role models and provide guidance to girls in need.
Ebullient about the Orion Pictures West Coast premiere are executive committee co-chairwomen Sandra Bilson and Lauren Twente and a committee including Sandi Scully, Marsha Mason, Lois Sarkisian, Joyce Bulifant, Lorraine Beck, Georgiana Francisco, Lynn Joseph, Sarah Purcell and Noelle Siart.
Nancy and Carroll O'Connor are the founders. Gretchen and Michael Wayne join them to produce the John Wayne Cancer Clinic of UCLA's seventh annual Benefactor's Party at the Hollywood Roosevelt on Dec. 7. Gretchen has the final say on arrangements. She's booked Joe Moshay.
Benefactors are those who contribute $1,000 or more annually (and have names inscribed at the clinic entrance). Of course, everything gets bigger and better, doesn't it? So, for the first time, three new benefactor categories will be added: Silver ($2,500 to $5,000); gold ($5,000-$10,000), and, not platinum, but Life ($25,000). Invitations are in the mail.
PRESIDENTIAL FUN: It was fun time in Palm Springs when five presidents and their wives held a mini reunion at Eveleen's French restaurant before the long weekend at Shadow Mountain Resort Club in Palm Desert. All the men were from the Claremont Men's (now Claremont McKenna) College classes of 1958-63. Sharing the fun were Jerry (president of the Diogenes Group) and Mary McHaley, John (president, Pacific Inland Bank) and Nora Britt, Jack (Claremont McKenna College) and Jil Stark, Raymond (Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce) and Sandy Remy and Al (Scheu Products Co.) and Rosemary Scheu.
PRETTY PACKAGE: Just to tie up the loose ends on all the Swedish Council of America festivities: First, on Friday the council honored Sir Michael Wood, founder of "Flying Doctors," with the Raoul Wallenberg Award at a luncheon at the Biltmore; the same evening, Consul General of Sweden Margareta Hegardt hosted a reception at her consulate in Beverly Hills to salute the Swedish Council of America Award Recipients, and the next evening at a Biltmore gala, former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Franklin Forsberg received the Great Swedish Heritage Award for his many accomplishments in publishing and communications, and Astrid Lindgren, author of "Pippi Longstocking" was honored with the "America's Swede of the Year Award."
KUDOS: To Louise Griffith and the hard workers who put on the Doll Fair at Marlborough School benefiting Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles.
ESCALATION: It's party time in San Marino for the San Marino Area Chapter of National Charity League debutantes and their parents. With the ball only a few weeks away--Dec. 22 at the Beverly Wilshire--parents discussed propriety at the Federal Colonial home of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Albert Reiling Jr. Then, on the lofty career side, Judge Cynthia Hall spoke to debutante mothers and the league's membership on women in the legal and judicial field at the U.S. 9th District Court of Appeals building in Pasadena. Thanksgiving weekend the debs and their escorts will party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dann Angeloff--amused by magician-psychic Jason Randall who has entertained at the White House. Hosts include the Angeloffs, the James Boswells, the Gary Marshes, the Donald McBrides, the Stanley Morgans, the Theodore Sedens, the Scott Wilcotts and the Wesley Linds. Mrs. Paul Colony will host the mothers' luncheon. The parties are the culmination of six years of community service the girls have given to the Girls' Club of Pasadena, Crippled Children's Society, Kidspace, the Huntington Memorial Hospital, County/USC Medical Center and libraries in San Marino and South Pasadena.
TURNABOUT: Sports writers and commentators are in the playing field next Sunday. Mel Durslag, Chick Hearn, Jim Murray and Vin Scully will be honored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation at the first Sports and the Law Awards Dinner. Bruce Jenner and Dr. Ernest Vandeweghe are dinner chairmen for the casual 4 p.m. affair at the Amateur Athletic Foundation on West Adams.
PLAUDITS: Jacques P. Camus will be decorated with the Officier de l'Ordre de Leopold II (conferred by His Majesty King Baudouin of Belgium) at a cocktail reception hosted by George I. Rosenthal on Nov. 25 at the Westwood Marquis Hotel and Gardens. Consul General Vincent L. Van Der Mersch of Belgium will confer the honor.