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USC Salute to Riordan Raises Funds for Scholarships

May 12, 1996|MARY LOU LOPER | TIMES STAFF WRITER

It's spring madness with the flush of happy occasions.

Mayor Richard Riordan turned pink as he was lightly roasted before 550 at the USC School of Public Administration's Ides of March benefit (actually held April 30) at the Biltmore. The affair raised $440,000 for scholarships as Riordan was saluted by USC President Steven Sample, dinner chairman William C. Rusnack of Arco, School of Public Administration dean Jane Pisano and community leaders such as Dan Garcia and Leonard Schaeffer. Pat Haden was emcee, and speakers lauded Riordan for his intelligence, common sense and effort to provide better communities and opportunities for youth.

Success, said the mayor, is "2.7% vision and 97.3% implementation of the goal." And, "I should add humility."

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Building Youth: Kent Kresa, chairman of Northrop Grumman Corp., received the Phoenix House Public Service Award at a lovely pink party for Phoenix House chaired by Mary Marshall. The residential drug rehabilitation facility is headed by Grant Tinker, chairman, and Mitchell S. Rosenthal, president. Ellis B. Jones (Marshall's son) co-chaired with assistance from John Anderson. In touching moments, Mort Sahl discussed the drug-related death of his son, Mort Jr.

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Good Deeds: The 59th Las Floristas Floral Headdress Ball at the Beverly Hilton drew 700 and should net $300,000 for clinics at Rancho Los Amigos. Julie Lee was ball chairwoman, and Sandy Murphy, co-chairwoman . . . The Music Center Spotlight Awards raised $115,000 for the Music Center Unified Fund and provided $45,000 for performing scholarships, say Walter and Peggy Parker Grauman.

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Puppies: From a litter of 12, Ebony and Ivory were the pretty Labrador pups auctioned with fanfare at the Hillsides Home for Children at the "Black and White Ball" benefit at Union Station headed by Chris Atkinson. Hillsides aids abused children. It's about to launch a $35-million campaign chaired by Don Clark. At the dinner/auction were Beth and Garee Thomas, Hillsides executive director John Hitchcock, Janet and Tim Walker, Peter and Rosemary Casey, Bill and Susie Lattin, Betsy and Harry Hathaway, John and Carol McGhee, Devon and Bob Ortiz, Brian and Kimberly Philo, Gary and Rhonda Brown, Robin and Joe Konicek and Sherman and Marge Telleen.

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Silver Linings: Chairwoman Pam Mullin and honorary chairwoman Anna Murdoch headed the 60-member steering committee for the YWCA Leader Luncheon. Receiving "Silver Achievement" awards were Sherry Lansing, corporate; Patty DeDominic, entrepreneur; Margaret Galland Kivelson, science; Pat Harvey, communications; Vanessa Chang, professions; Eleano Montano, community service; and Dr. Donna Barras, public service.

Elsewhere on the Social Circuit

Past Perfect: The CARES luncheon celebrating the 25th year of the child and family program at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center . . . The Assistance League of Southern California's move to a new home at 5620 De Longpre . . . Pacific Asia Museum's 25th birthday party and its exhibition "Collectors' Choice" honoring Grace Nicholson . . . The Peninsula Committee's annual Nordstrom Seahorse Classic Golf Tournament . . . The Natural History Museum's opening of "California Wetlands" paintings . . . The International Committee of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn. "Promenade en France" ball honoring the consular corps . . . The 30th anniversary gala for East West Players and presentation of Visionary Awards at the Japan America Theater . . . Dr. Lawrence M. Koplin sharing secrets on looking good for the United Hostesses' Charities . . . Susan and William McMillan supporting Haven House with a garden party . . . The Silver Anniversary luncheon planned by Bea Shaw and Arline Densmore for the Irving Walker Auxiliary of Travelers Aid Society . . . "April in Paris" Dior fashions for the National Charity League, Los Angeles Founder Chapter luncheon . . Peter, Paul and Mary concertizing for the St. John's Hospital Happy Heart Club . . . Villa Esperanza and its 25th benefit luncheon with Stan Chambers.

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