Robert Wagner was among the 400 guests who gathered to dedicate stars in the sidewalk to 12 people or couples who have donated more than $100,000 over the years to the Cedars-Sinai's Thalians Mental Health Center in Los Angeles. More than $10,000 was raised at the Aug. 30 Walk of Stars dedication. Those honored with their names in the sidewalk outside the mental health center were Debbie Reynolds, Ruta Lee, Margie and Bob Petersen, Paula Kent Meehan, Sandra Krause, Cynthia Gershman, Robert H. Lorsch, Donna and John Crean, Gloria and John Gebbia, Kem Dibbs, Mitzi Hughes and Linda Tallen and David Paul Kane. The dedication of the stars also kicked off the 25th anniversary celebration of the Thalians Mental Health Center. Also attending were Monty Hall, Jane Withers, Barbi Benton, Anne Jeffreys, Cedars-Sinai Board Chairman Robert Silverstein, campaign chairman Irving Feintech and Cedars-Sinai President Thomas M. Priselac. Phyllis Friedman chaired the event. The Thalians was founded 43 years ago by Reynolds and friends. The group has raised more than $28 million over the years to support the mental health center.
The Assistance League of Southern California Pre-School Auxiliary's 15th annual "Golden Mallet Polo Tournament" Aug. 23 raised $45,000 for the Learning Center for Young Children. About 320 people enjoyed a gourmet luncheon while watching the polo matches at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. Four teams competed: the United States versus England and Argentina versus Brazil. England won (10-5), as did Argentina (12-9). The event was chaired by Beverly Thrall, Gloria Holden and her daughter, Geannie Holden Sheller. The Learning Center for Young Children provides day care and curriculum for low-income children up to age 6 and is one of nine community services operated by the Assistance League of Southern California.