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Big Hearts for Reagan Homecoming

January 15, 1989|MARY LOU LOPER | Times Staff Writer

The invitations, with a string of three red hearts from the Colleagues, Saks Fifth Avenue and Adolfo, are out for "A Valentine Luncheon" honoring Nancy Reagan on Feb. 14 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Special events chairman Erlenne Sprague and Colleagues president Marjory Miller have been all but polishing the silver to make sure this is a very red-letter date welcoming Mrs. Reagan, a Colleagues member, home.

Adolfo is supposed to give a glorious item from his spring collection as the door prize. Luncheon chairmen--all the First Lady's close friends--Betty Adams, Betsy Bloomingdale, Harriet Deutsch, Marion Jorgensen, Giney Milner, Chardee Trainer and Betty Wilson are taking tables.

So are co-chairmen Dorothy Clark, Onnalee Doheny, Lupe Hinckle, Marilyn McDaniel, Beverly Morsey, Natalie Robinson, Marion Sharffenberger, Carolyn Singleton, Frances Skipsey, Barbara Thompson, Mary Jane Wick and Marcia Wilson Hobbs.

MORE TO DO: At the Regency Club this week Nina Leif, Ilona Sherman, Aileen Scotti and Hilary Mandel were noting that 80,000 infants are born each year with serious abnormalities and developmental defects. More needs to be done, and, as leaders of Sprint, they are immersed in raising $700,000 more ($2.6 million total) plus a $1-million endowment for research for the new Medical Plaza on the UCLA campus at the corner of Westwood Boulevard and Le Conte Avenue. Sprint is responsible for the third floor of the new facility--15,000 square feet.

That's why they and Kate Gianopulos, co-chairman with Ilona Sherman, simply looked across the street at Bullock's Westwood for a tented party site and began negotiations with Robert Friedman, chairman and CEO of Bullock's, for a special evening Jan. 26 honoring Louis Dell'Olio, the designer of Anne Klein.

Because Dell'Olio likes white, the ambiance will be white tulips for the first West Coast showing of the Klein spring 1989 collection. Michael Huard, who produced the last Jewel Gala, will stage the show, says Bullock's Aileen Scottic. The champagne buffet preceding the show will be catered by Parties Plus.

The new building, scheduled to be ready by mid-1990, will unify services, now scattered across campus, for infants with defects and their parents.

Sprint was founded by Nina Leif after she lost a child and a second was born a borderline hydrocephalic requiring brain surgery at age 1. She turned to UCLA where she found support for her daughter Marisa, who is now 14, speaks four languages and has made enormous strides in sports. "I have a lot to be thankful for," Nina says.

At a cocktail party Sprint hosted last year, Lew and Edie Wasserman spontaneously donated $325,000 to the cause, prompting a $100,000 anonymous donation that evening, resulting in a total $500,000. Who knows what's next?

Angie Dickinson is celebrity chair, working with Bonnie Franklin, Richard Anderson, Jerry Douglas, Pat Morita and Marlee Maitlin. Committed to the evening also are Jerry and Virginia Oppenheimer, James and Pascal Regan, Mickey and Mary Carol Rudin, Chuck and Ava Fries, and Muriel Slatkin.

FLURRY OF WELCOMES: A flock of Ambassador Lester B. and Carolbeth Korns' friends arrived at the Regency Club in black tie for dinner and dancing and a royal welcome home from Walter and Speedy Beran and Richard and Eileen Eamer. The honored guests and the hosts stood at the cocktail reception greeting arrivals before moving into the dining room for an elegant repast, dancing and toasts from Beran and Eamer.

Former Ambassador to Mexico John Gavin and his wife, Constance Towers, made a brief stop-by. Staying through and talking political appointments, national issues and business were a prominent crowd, including Henry and Aileen Gluck, Dr. William Banowsky, Mary Alice and Richard Frank, Esther and Thomas Wachtell, Roy and Betty Anderson, Russell and Jeanne Smith, Richard and Maude Ferry, Leonard and Dorothy Strauss, Charles Schneider, and Mardee and Peter deWetter.

Also joining in were UCLA Chancellor Charles and Sue Young, who host their own dinner for the Korns on Jan. 23, again at the popular Regency Club.

A CHANGE: Instead of the Host and Hostess of the Year revelation, Les Dames de Champagne broadened the impact and changed the name of its annual awards given at its traditional Twelfth Night fete. Now, members are bestowing Hostess and Host Humanitarian of the Year Awards.

Honorees the other evening were Jill Halverson, founder and director of the Downtown Women's Center, and Dr. Howard P. House, chairman emeritus and founder of the House Ear Institute.

It was also a night to announce nine new Les Dames: Katherine Domyan, Roberta Haft, Lois Howard, Kay Lau, Bonnie Leaver, Barbara Michael, Nance Mitchell, Biene Ogner and Penny von Kalinowski.

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