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RSVP / THE SOCIAL CITY : Mr. Roberts Deftly Pilots Fraternity of Friends' Stag Party

July 03, 1994|MARY LOU LOPER | TIMES STAFF WRITER

With Fred (Fredric M.) Roberts, you just want to say, "S-l-o-o-w down!" This man doesn't operate at a snail's pace.

All in one breath, he's joking with his Yale classmate, "Cheers" producer Jimmy Burrows; telling you about his herb garden, and about the thrill of in the same year being chairman of National Assn. of Securities Dealers, which governs NASDAQ (National Assn. of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations)--"larger than the New York Stock Exchange with $1.35 trillion in trades in 1993"--and co-chairman with Walter Grauman of the Music Center Spotlight Awards.

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At Michael's, With Michael: Roberts, presiding over the annual stag dinner of the Fraternity of Friends of the Music Center at Michael's restaurant in Santa Monica, had only kudos for dinner host Michael McCarty, he of the smoothie F. Scott Fitzgerald look.

(Friends chair Thomas R. Tellefsen also had his hair slicked back '20s style.)

McCarty donated the dinner and the Cabernet from his Malibu vines, which escaped the fires. The men, most in summer white dinner jackets, after Tanqueray-and-tonics, enjoyed the wine before champagne and Dunhill cigars.

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Way to Go: The Friends, started 16 years ago by the late Thornton Bradshaw, number 300. At the party, the crowd included Roger A. Kozberg, Arthur Greenberg, Stephen D. Moses, Lee Phillips, Jack Sweeney, John Martens, A. J. Carothers, Allan Burns, John Heidt, Ed Renwick, Chuck Schneider, Rick Wilson, Arnold Seidel and Milan Smith.

They looked relaxed after their 15-event fiscal year of outings to Alisal, Yosemite and Napa, plus openings and screenings.

They also seemed fit for a new year with plans for a Downtown architectural tour, cooking sessions with super chefs, visits to the new library and the new Petersen Automotive Museum, all the way slipping in the phrase, "Support the Music Center." Roberts was reelected president.

Elsewhere on the Social Circuit

* Roses to the new presidents--Nancy Hindle-Katel, Junior League of Los Angeles; Pamela Hillings Tegtmeyer, Pasadena Junior League; Susie DeWeese, Santa Monica Westside Charity League, and Suzanne Dillard, Los Angeles Founder Chapter of ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists).

* Groups in Los Angeles that reach a centennial are few. The Ebell of Los Angeles was reveling in the "Centennial of the Ebell" as about 200 gathered for a gala luncheon chaired by Gloria Droguett and Betty Jean Shed. The Ebell, the Italian Renaissance building at 4400 Wilshire designed by William Chard, is now on the National Register of Historic Places. It's been through a four-year refurbishing and still is the repository of major books and paintings. It claims the adjacent 1,200-seat Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

And it still has its primary purpose--"widening the scope of women's education." Celebrating were president Ivada Parker, president-elect Betty Jean Shea and board members Ruth Gerry, Patricia Langlois, Kay Balue, Mary Johnson and Virginia Sunderland.

* It was a kick--the Les Dames de Champagne International Hostesses' fund-raiser. The two Kathys--Wills and Offenhauser--persuaded a big crowd to dazzle up and support the Child Guidance Clinic of Los Angeles with the opening night of Radio City Music Hall's Rockettes at the Music Center. Raising $25,000: Harriet Luckman, Elizabeth Whiting, Jeanne McDonald, Elizabeth Warde, Ann-Marie and Sue Villicana, and Jackie Heebner.

* Plaudits to the golfing do-gooders. Prime Ticket Network, Roger L. Werner Jr. says, raised more than $150,000 at its inaugural Prime Ticket Charity Golf Classic to benefit the Los Angeles Unified School District's interscholastic athletic program.

* Great oaks from little acorns grow. Chapter II members are the sons, daughters and friends of members of the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary, which has raised $3.5 million for cancer research. With its inaugural event in 1992, Chapter II raised $20,000 and established a membership base of more than 350. Now, Teresa Wayne says, the recent Las Vegas Casino Night raised $60,000 for psychosocial support programs of the Institute and the Joyce Eisenberg Keefer Breast Center. Also, membership has soared to 500. Among supporters: Andy Sands, Jill Grey, Jane Urman and Ami Shilton.

* Helen Lambros turned her Pasadena Mediterranean garden into a Greek Theatre and Supper on the Greene to present "The Contosbury Tale," her own staged musical tribute honoring the Very Rev. D. Leonidas C. Contos on his 50th anniversary of priesthood. He was brought to Los Angeles by Charles Skouras in 1952 and was the first dean of St. Sophia Cathedral. Crowding in for the merriment were James Galanos (Helen Lambros wears his stunning creations), Sophie Mastor, host Bill Lambros, Greek Consul Trifon Paraskevopoulos, Mary and Charles Skouras, Dina and Bill Oldknow, Ann and Angelo Pappas, Jean Van Tuyle, and Joan and Paul Selwyn.

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