Sammy Davis Jr. will become the 28th recipient of the Will Rogers Memorial Award on Feb. 28 when the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce holds its Beverly Hills Ball at the Beverly Hilton. Davis will be honored for his accomplishments as an actor, singer, author, comedian, producer and dancer.
Past recipients include Charlton Heston, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, George Burns, Kirk Douglas, Jimmy Stewart and Greer Garson. Will Rogers' son, Jimmy, will present this year's award.
Seven scientists and engineers at UCLA are among 200 faculty members nationwide who have received Presidential Young Investigator Awards from the National Science Foundation. The honorees are: Peter Felker, Richard Kaner and Robert Whetton, chemistry; David T. Allen and Denny Miu, engineering; Christopher Anderson, applied mathematics, and Daniel Barth, psychology. The awards include a grant of $25,000 to help finance research.
Johnny Grant, the Emmy-winning vice president of public affairs and special projects at KTLA-TV and honorary mayor of Hollywood, will be saluted by the San Fernando Valley chapter of the Arthritis Foundation at a "Tribute to Johnny" dinner Feb. 20 at the Sheraton Premiere hotel. Campaign chairman Larry Van Nuys said Grant has helped raise millions of dollars for the Arthritis Foundation. Grant helped launch the foundation's first Stop Arthritis Telethon in 1956 and was producer and co-host for 20 years.