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Marylouise Oates

Power People and the Causes They Champion

February 20, 1987|MARYLOUISE OATES

Chuck Manatt. Before he headed off to D.C. to head up the Democratic National Committee and resume his law practice there, Manatt headed the Fraternity of Friends at the Music Center. Now, with his close friend Steve Moses, he sets up fund raising here for out-of-town Democrats.

Norman Lear. He was an original member of the now-defunct but once powerful coterie of liberal money-givers, the Malibu Mafia. Now the producer and founder of People for the American Way continues to support progressive political candidates, but he focuses his considerable money-giving and money-raising prowess on his 6-year-old People.

William and Barbara Belzberg. Active in Jewish causes. He operates, with his brothers, a multi-million-dollar financial and real-estate empire, based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Harvey Silbert. A major philanthropic interest is American Friends of the Hebrew University. A partner in the law firm of Wyman Bautzer, Kuchel, Silbert, he's also a mover at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Larry and Barbi Weinberg. He's an owner of the Portland Trail Blazers, and is referred to by insiders as one of the founders of the single-issue school of politics. They raise money for politicians who have demonstrated support for Israel.

Wallis Annenberg. In a town where charity and politics are dominated by male names, Annenberg has taken her famous one far in establishing herself as a philanthropist and a women's activist of the first order. It was her signing on to chair the first Commitment to Life Dinner for AIDS Project/L.A. that brought in her friend Elizabeth Taylor and started the dinner on its road to success.

Roz Wyman. A champion of new and established causes. Last year, the brand-new Betty Clooney Foundation's "Singers Salute the Songwriters" raised more than $350,000. If she agrees to one of the presidential hopefuls courting her, the 1984 Democratic Convention chair would be forced to forego the several other major annual benefits she counts in her volunteer portfolio. And also miss a few Dodger games, too.

Keith and Bill Kieschnick. When he left Arco last year, Kieschnick took his good will and his Roledex with him. Chairman of the board at MOCA, a top activist in United Way, Kieschnick's energy is matched by that of his wife, Keith, who is currently serving a three-year term as president of the Music Center's Blue Ribbon.

OTHER NAMES TO NOTE--Attorney Lisa Specht, new state Democratic Chairman Pete Kelly, Coastal Commissioner Mark Nathanson, attorney George Rosenberg (of the Trial Lawyers Assn.), Jewish Federation President Stanley Hirsh, Lili Zanuck (new fund-raising volunteer force at the Music Center), Pacific Mutual's Walter B. Gerken (one of the few corporate Democrats), UC Regents Stanley Sheinbaum and Sheldon Andelson . . . and, of course, the names of the honorees and chairs involved in your favorite charities. Whom I am sure I will be hearing from in the next few days.

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