It was early Sunday afternoon at the Futures for Children benefit and host Ted Danson, tall and rangy as a Texas cowboy, was standing in the entry of his Santa Fe-style home in Santa Monica Canyon, greeting guests and talking about his youth. How he grew up in Flagstaff, Ariz., where he hung out with Hopi and Navaho children, and how today his involvement with Futures for Children is "kind of a pay-back to my childhood."
Suddenly a broad grin spread across his face and he began to laugh. His daughter, Alexis, 3 1/2, had made an appearance. Padding in with a bucket, a doll and several other stuffed toys, she had plopped herself down on the floor, oblivious to the commotion around her, and was playing quietly. Danson let her be. "Life goes on in the Danson house," he said.
Easy and comfortable, this party was. Throw on some jeans or a long skirt and boots, haul out all your silver and turquoise jewelry, toss the kids in the car and come on over for a private exhibition of sculptures by Apache artist Allan Houser, some colorful Zuni and Eagle dancers and an authentic New Mexico lunch prepared by Chez Vous Catering from Casey Danson's New Mexico cookbooks. There was even Indian fry bread made on the spot by Crucita and Dolorita Melchor, who'd flown in from the San Domingo reservation near Albuquerque for the occasion.