August 6, 1996 |
Supporters of Childhelp USA, many of them from Los Angeles, got a taste of Orange County when they visited an estate once owned by John Wayne and partied aboard a palatial 127-foot yacht. About 150 guests, most clad in nautical attire, attended the dinner and cruise Sunday at the Newport Beach mansion of Robert and Beverly Cohen. The $175-per-person gala was expected to net about $10,000 for Childhelp, which provides shelter and treatment programs for abused children.
August 26, 1989 |
Cruising along Newport Harbor in a 14-foot sailboat, a woman cranes her neck to gawk at a gleaming white yacht berthed in front of a luxury waterfront home. "What's a boat like that cost? About $300,000?" she wonders aloud to her companion as the small sailboat skims by, dwarfed by the 127-foot, 200-ton vessel. Try $10 million. And another $1 million a year for maintenance, insurance, fuel and crew salaries.
December 19, 1990 |
There were no searchlights at this Columbia premiere--no stretch limos, no mugging celebs, not one autograph hound. But the excitement was there just the same for Orange County's benefit preview of "Awakenings" last week at Edwards South Coast Plaza Theatre. The movie starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro had hundreds of supporters of the South Coast Institute for Applied Gerontology and the Alzheimer's Assn. applauding, guffawing and weeping shamelessly.
January 20, 1988 |
From the crush at the door, it could have been the lineup for a jumbo jet to Israel. From some of the more revealing bathing suits that followed dinner, it could have been a scene from an Israeli beach. But it was the Beverly Hilton on Monday night as the "Flight of Fantasy" with the Women's Division of Israel Bonds celebrated the 40th anniversary of Israel's statehood.
April 28, 1990 |
The French Connection The Newport Beach Sister City Assn. tossed a two-part party on Wednesday for 11 visitors from Antibes, France. The contingent from the Cote d'Azure and about 70 locals met for cocktails at Mary Ann and Len Miller's Balboa peninsula home, then rode the Millers' yacht over to the mainland for dinner at Beverly and Robert Cohen's Bayshore Drive manse (better known to bay cruisers as "the John Wayne house").
May 15, 1989 |
Gen. Alexander Haig wasn't there. He was what parachutists call a refusal. "He stood at the door but wouldn't go out," Henry Plitt said of his fellow former paratrooper. Nevertheless, if there were ever a parachutists' party, this was it. Table centerpieces were parachutes anchored in beds of red roses. The baked Alaskas arrived with tiny plastic airplanes on board. And just thinking about some of the great moments in paratrooping history turned this crowd nostalgic. Officially, the $250-a-person gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday night was a fund-raiser for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, a nonpolitical organization that provides educational, recreational and cultural services to Israeli soldiers ("It's Israel's USO--it's that simple," said Lou Lenart, who directs activities in North America)