Everything changes. At first, it seemed Variety Children's Charities' Variety Big Heart Community Achievement Award and Pre-Telethon Dinner honoring Roy and Patricia Disney would fall on Memorial Day weekend. Not so. Memorial Day is Monday, May 25, and that frees May 31 for the big wingding in the Ballroom of the Registry Hotel (formerly the Sheraton Premiere, Universal City).
Tickets are $350 or $3,500 for a table. And the attractions arranged by Joe Sutton and David Tebet are big: Lily Tomlin, Joe Williams, Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman and George Segal.
Dinner chairmen are Howard M. Bernstein, president, Variety Club of Southern California, and Bruce C. Corwin, club chairman of the board. Asked to be honorary dinner chairmen are Michael D. Eisner, Frank G. Wells, Stanley P. Gold, Robert Fitzpatrick, Brother Mel Anderson, Dr. Richard G. Gilman.
PLAUDITS: Leonard H. Straus, chairman of Thrifty Corp., will receive the Aesculapians Service Award on Saturday in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton. Aesculapians are the friends, alumni and faculty of UCLA School of Medicine. Straus has been chairman of the School of Medicine Campaign, which supports educational and research programs.
Elton Rule and Susan Covel, wife of Dr. Mitchel D. Covel, associate dean of clinical affairs of the school and chairman of Aesculapians, will co-chair. Dinah Shore will provide music and entertainment.
BIG STAKES: Actress Shirley MacLaine will receive the sixth annual Vision Award of the Center for the Partially Sighted on June 5 at the Night for Sight gala at the Beverly Hilton. Clark Keen will play for dancing, and Steve Edwards will be master of ceremonies.
PAST PERFECT: We hear the Spinsters had one wonderful time at their ball in the Crystal Ballroom of the Biltmore. Chairman Patricia MacLaren and her assistants, Letitia Quinn and Helene Heglund, placed a towering gold Buddha surrounded by Oriental maple trees on the dance floor, hung Chinese face masks from the balconies, used bonsais in earthen pots for centerpieces and arranged Chinese teacups with black lacquered chopsticks for table favors. Los Angeles Party Designs sketched the design.
More than 700 Group Effort fans raced through their silent/oral auctions the other evening at the Beverly Wilshire, enthusiastically raising about $425,000 for arthritis, diabetes, leukemia and Loyola Marymount University. Among the crowd watching John and Donna Crean give Andy Granatelli the Spirit of Love Award were the Carl Karchers, the Thomas Leaveys, the Charles Von Der Ahes, Hon. and Mrs. Evelle Younger, the Charles Hovorkas, Jane Withers and Tom Pierson and the John Blands.
GARDEN TIME: Acceptances have come in quickly for the Huntington's spring luncheon and garden party Saturday. The trustees, overseers and directors will be greeting members of the Society of Fellows for tours. Expected are the Donald Albrechts, Thomas P. Pikes, the Roe H. Powells, the E. L. Shannons, the John A. Sturgeons, the Harry Wetzels, the Richard Granthams, the Theodore Barrys.
KUDOS: Sculptor Richmond Barthe, 86, lives in Pasadena on a street named for him. Among his commissions have been busts of Booker T. Washington and Dr. George Washington Carver for the Hall of Fame for Great Americans. His 9 1/2-foot eagle spreads over the doorway of the Social Security Building in Washington. The Museum of African American Art will honor him next Sunday at its annual benefit dinner/art auction at the Airport Stouffer Concourse Hotel. Actress Madge Sinclair, also busy with the TV series "Ohara," is chairman. Ed Bradley returns as an auctioneer. Works by contemporary black artists, including Varnette Honeywood and Elizabeth Catlett, will be auctioned to raise funds to sustain the museum.
MAJOR MOVER: Mary R. Ripley, in New York the other day for a national volunteer meeting, has been chosen by the Junior League of Los Angeles to receive its first Spirit of Voluntarism Award. It's to be bestowed May 19 at the Riviera Country Club.
SUPPER CLUB: The Sunday Night Supper Club--Series No. 2--holds its 19th annual dinner-dance May 21 at Jimmy's, according to chairman Mrs. Wayne Dinsmore. Members will dance to Ray Moshay, and pledge funds to the Emphysema Foundation. Over the years, the group has sponsored hundreds of breathing classes for the handicapped and conducted an asthma camp for children, among other projects. Hosting will be the Warren B. Williamsons, the Felix Farwells, the John H. Hadleys, the Robert Barrys, the Frank Davidsons, and Mrs. Luppe Luppen, Mrs. Ben Lohrie, Mrs. Richard Lund, Mrs. Everts Moulton and Mrs. Vernon Underwood.