Telephones are chiming and conversations are buzzing over Otis/Parsons Critics Awards Fashion Show on May 2 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton. The big news is that the Otis/Parsons board of governors headed by Elaine Goldsmith has a yes from James Galanos to receive its Design Achievement Award. Since the haute couturier is premier on the fashion scene, everyone is elated.
Especially Joan Selwyn, chairman of the dinner committee, and Marjorie Lyte, who lunched at Hillcrest Country Club to detail plans.
Next on the agenda is the cocktail meeting Wednesday in the Club Room at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills. Honorary co-chairs Iris Cantor and Jennifer Jones Simon will be announced, and the evening will focus on fashion industry supporters including Betsy Sanders of Nordstrom, Steve Meadows of Merry Mary Fabrics, Inc., and Eve Rich of Contempo Casuals.
Dinner and dancing are adjuncts of the May evening, but a highlight will be the Awards Show featuring fashions designed and created by the college's junior and graduating senior classes in fashion design, working under Rosemary Brantley, chairman of the fashion design department. Pressing for perfection is Joan Selwyn's committee, including Jonathan Bloch, Karlene Garber, Karen Baynard Gould and Bronya Pereira.
ALL HEART: Robin Parsky runs a tight ship. Marvin Hamlisch insists that when the chairman of the American Heart Assn. Greater Los Angeles Affiliate called him in New York to ask him to perform for the 10th anniversary ball, she called collect. Not only that, but she got the incredible Hamlisch to perform gratis, if she'd guarantee a Boesendorfer piano on stage at the Beverly Hilton. She did. He did.
Said the comedian/pianist/composer, "My father died of a heart attack, and when something happens, then you care a little more, which you shouldn't." But, he did, and 700 were clapping, tapping, swaying, giggling for the Pulitzer Prize-winning songwriter ("A Chorus Line"), who also happens to have an Academy Award for "The Sting," not to mention "The Way We Were."
Near enough to the ivories to see Hamlisch's patent-leather and suede shoes tapping the pedals were a happy lot: John and Joan Hotchkis, Joanne and Roger Kozberg, Tim and Terri Childs, Cyndy Garvey and David Liebling (Hamlisch's nephew), and Arthur Cleary, Robin Parksy's brother, who flew in from Houston. They laughed when Hamlisch improvised on "Gladys Isn't Gratis Any More," "What Comes Up Must Come Down," and "Picadilly From My Lily," and then mixed them in a medley.
The ball is expected to raise nearly $325,000. Proceeds will be allocated to heart research at UCLA and USC. Kudos is due co-dinner committee chairman Lod Cook, chairman of ARCO, there with his pretty wife, Carol. Co-chair George P. Rutland, chairman of California Federal Savings and Loan, was out of town.
More credit will go to the big live-auction bidders. Gerry Parsky, senior partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury William Simon's partner in financial ventures, for instance, scurried about to put a $5,500 syndicate together to buy the trip to the Scottish Highlands estate donated by Peter and Pam Mullin, there with a bunch of guests. Henry Molina of Whittier wasn't there, but he won the RX-7G Mazda; the Sitmar cruise went to Dr. Michael Wong.
President Dr. Pravin Shah and co-party chairmen Mrs. Ki Hong and Mrs. Allan J. Swanson were accepting the plaudits for a job well done, and so were committee members including Aileen Henry, who had just moved into a new Pasadena home (her husband, Guy, is the new Los Angeles managing partner of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy), and Cheryl Doyle, who conducted the silent auction.
John and Liz Argue were among those hosting tables. Various thank-yous were coming from Jean and Russell Smith (guests of the Chuck Millers), the Neil Divers, the Richard Roeders, the David Partridges, Arletta and Don Tronstein, Mary and Victor Haltom and cardiologist Dr. Michell Covel.
ARCS DE TRIOMPHE: ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Los Angeles chapter will go "Hollywood Glitzy" for their Santa Monica Pier benefit March 7. That night the historic, newly renovated carrousel will go round and round in a carnival atmosphere planned by co-chairmen Penee Hull and Diane Liebenguth and president Terri Grojean.
They've booked Darlene Miller of Savoir Faire for an international buffet. Dick Miller will be master of ceremonies. Entertainment chairman Mrs. David Banks has also arranged for dancing to the Authentics.
Mrs. Walter Muller has a Jetta and a $4,000 necklace for the drawing, and Mrs. Vincent Holian, Mrs. Gerard Hall and Mrs. Jack Eddy are boasting 101 prizes (Hawaii and Las Hadas) in the "best odds in town" drawing.