The Assistance League of Los Angeles held its annual Founders Day Luncheon on Feb. 25 at Maggiano’s at The Grove. A champagne reception was followed by an Italian feast of pastas, salads and a variety of wines. The time-honored tradition of the presentation of awards honoring League members for their dedication was announced by Past President Flo Fowkes.
Among the ladies going home with beautifully engraved crystal plaques were Shelagh Callahan, Vida Brucker, Sue Brodsky Thalken, Marilyn Moulton, Julie Jenssen, Dee Nasatir and Andy Goodman. Other members there to applaud and express their gratitude were Mary Toolen Roskam, Barbara Hardesty, Fluff McLean, Yvonne Cazier, Adrienne Seltzer, Juliette Brumlik, Audrey Fimpler, Perri Kranzdorf, Cathryne Macievic, June Bilgore and Sue Cunningham.
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It was strictly the ladies in red at our beloved Busby’s on Saturday night, Feb. 27, as les girls of the Needlework Guild of America (NGA) Hancock Park dressed up in scarlet to raise funds for those in need. This year’s flaming “Red Ball” featured cocktails, tequila shots and a tasting bar of rare whiskeys followed by a gourmet buffet dinner and dancing. NGA members brought spouses, friends, neighbors and relatives who bid, bought and gave generously, making “Red Ball” the greenest grossing benefit in the group’s history.
Among the 170 celebrants were NGA President Mary Jaworski and husband Bernie, event sponsors Kiel FitzGerald and husband Jeffrey Reuben, Pavlina Moskalykova and husband Matt Solo, Oona and Don Kanner, Michele and Tom Kneafsey, Anne and Michael Kim, Nichole and Larry Perkins, Shelagh Callahan and husband Ray La Soya, Lisa and Mark Hutchins, Jill and John Duerler, Olivia and Steve Kazanjian, Helen and Edgar Fincher, and Busby’s owners Melanie and Paul Boettcher.
Also in attendance were Michele and Scott McMullen, Marion and George Plato, Penny Bentley, Donna and Greg Econn, Janna and Jim Harris, Jennifer and Mark Kim, Danielle and Ron Reyes, Shar and Robert Penfold, Robin and John Jameson, Amy and Kent Savagian, Susan Downey and David Franklin (who was wearing a pair of awesome sequined oxfords), Marnie and Howard Owens,
NGA past president Beverly Brown and husband Jason, Isabel Mayfield, Stacy Herman and Patrick Kelley, Cathleen and Robert Barnes, Robin and Cameron Chehrazi, Michaela and Joe Burschinger, Beatriz and Alex Calfo, Dina and George Phillips, Margot and Jack Merrick, Anne Loveland, Kathryn Balzer, Simone and Chris Adams, Heather and Brumby Boylston, Carol and Luis Fondevilla, Electra and Peter Lang, Sondi and Peter Sepenuk, Nora and Jonny Suk, Amanda and Anthony Mansour, Mary Woodward, Dede and Chris Black, Megan and Chris Drynan, Megan Derry, Irene Anderson and James Somes, Lisa and Roger Morrison, Beverly Gatica, Gina and David Riberi, Jan Daley and Susan and Sean Kneafsey.
AND—that’s not just the chat—it’s half the neighborhood! If you were not there-DO NOT MISS next year’s Red Ball!
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