Liza Minnelli will be the big entertainer at the Presbyterian Hospital Gala on April 28 at the Waldorf. The chairmen, Mrs. Arthur (Pat) Ryan, the wife of the president of Chase Manhattan, and Dr. Phoebe Speck, will greet more than 1,400 guests at the ball, which is expected to raise more than $2 million for the new $4 million Clinical Cancer Center -- with the help of Chase Manhattan and the Marriott Corp., of course. Expected are such as the Howard Clarks (junior and senior versions), Toni and Chuck Peebler, lots of Milsteins (the family donated the multi-million dollar Milstein Pavilion), Jessie and Rand Araskog and Daily and Gordon Pattee. Oh, and Donna Shalala, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, will be there to top things off.
The American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet, 200 strong, gathered on the St. Regis Roof to honor American dance legend Jerome Robbins, whose ballets have been in the repertoire of the Paris Opera for the past 20 years, and who is treated like a roi there, just as he is treated like a king here for his gifts as a world-renowned choreographer. The chairmen of the evening were Anne Bass, Helene David-Weill, Marina de Brantes -- vice chairman of the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet, who came from Paris for the dinner dance -- and Mica Ertegun. And a very special guest was Jean-Paul Cluzel, the director of the Paris National Opera.