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Debutantes Get Ready for the Coronet Ball

November 23, 1986|MARY LOU LOPER | Times Staff Writer

It will be white tie and lovely for the Coronet Debutante Ball, which the Los Angeles chapter of the National Charity League hosts Saturday in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton. Mrs. Terrence Richard White is ball director.

KUDOS: L.A. County Sheriff Sherman Block and L.A. Chief of Police Darryl Gates will make a duet Dec. 9 at the Beverly Wilshire. The two law-keepers have been named to receive the inaugural issue of the "Badge of Courage" award from the Los Angeles Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Says chairman William Simpson, executive vice president of Occidental Life Insurance Co. and affair chairman: "Because of the historic nature of this tribute, the Badge of Courage will be inaugurated as a recognition of the honorees' untiring efforts to eradicate the scourge of crime from our communities and in particular their fight against illicit drugs--a cancer in the body of our civilization."

Dinner tickets are $300 each or a bargain $2,500 for 10.

ARCS TRIUMPH: ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) student liaison chairman Tamra Dickerson put it succinctly: "I hope you have had as much fun as I have today talking to our scholars. It's fun to not only give the money, but talk to the ones who receive it."

There were civic leaders elbow to elbow with students--the best and the brightest--in the Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center. Givers and takers were ecstatic. Said ARCS L.A. chapter president Mrs. James E. Goerz, "We share their hope and dream for a more perfect future--hold on to that dream." She added: "The Los Angeles chapter is responsible for well over $3 million for scholarship aid (for outstanding college students in the natural sciences, medicine and engineering). And that is due to the diligence of our members. And the $300,000 in awards today is the result of 1985's fund raising and the efforts of Mrs. Chandler Harris and Basil McManus, who headed the ball."

College presidents were amassed, too, scattered throughout the hall by luncheon chairman Mrs. Ralph H. Ruud. Dr. Kenneth Baker, president of Harvey Mudd College, sat at the same table with Shelton Ellis, who, as executive director of Gumps, hosts the ARCS pre-ball cocktail party (when the Christmas shopping rush is over); USC chemical engineering awardee James E. Robertson; USC computer-science awardee Lorna A. Zorman; and Caltech environmental engineering awardee William Nazaroff. On stage, Baker mused about the "courtship of the parents, the joy of birth, the struggle to raise the children and the pride in sending them off to college." Dr. Richard C. Gilman, president of Occidental College, introduced each of his institution's seven winners, noting that biology major Brian Kolar is "doing a project on pocket gophers, which have fur-lined cheek pockets."

Some students barely devoured their taco salads before they dashed back for exams. Both USC and UCLA administrators seemed anxious about their upcoming football conflict, but when Caltech's representative stepped up, he humorously noted: "Murph Goldberger (the school's president) asked me to say to both USC and UCLA: 'Relax. Nothing terrible is going to happen.' " Mary Davis, president of the ARCS national executive board, was glorious in a Louis Feraud suit. She had an entourage: her husband, Stuart, and three ARCS leaders from Dallas--Lenore Bowles, O-Rene Horn and Helen Peterson--who cut golf and holidaying at the desert at Eldorado Country Club with their husbands to drive to town.

More in the crowd: Pat Hearst, Suzanne Marx, Lee and Arrola DuBridge, Wayne Hoffman, Arthur Linkletter, Charles and Harriet Luckman, Sharon Black, Mrs. Gordon Bodek, the Wallace W. Booths, the David Davenports of Pepperdine, Pat Diroll, Maggie Edwards, Mrs. John M. Heidt, Mrs. Herbert Hezlep Jr., Mrs. Jack Mackey, Florence and Marion Malouf, Kay Ringe, the H. Russell Smiths, Mrs. Edward Spillane, Mrs. Donald Tronstein, and the Robert Tranquadas (he's dean of the USC School of Medicine).

THE POSTMAN COMETH: And there's holiday merriment afoot. Marlborough School parents, alumnae, faculty and staff host their 10th annual Merry Mart Festival on Dec. 11-14. Anyone who knows about these things, knows to expect wondrous Christmas trees, garlands, wreaths, poinsettias, boutique items. The tree lot and booths will be located in the school parking lot at Third Street and Rossmore Avenue, with the tree lot open Dec. 11-14, and the boutiques available Dec. 11-12.

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