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Serena (Mrs. Neil) Balfour, the smashing half-American, half-British blonde who is the Duke of Marlborough's niece, and the great-granddaughter of the mighty American heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt, just doesn't sit around London looking decorative. Among her good works, she is the founder of the "Friends of Warsaw" Foundation, sponsors of a Warsaw weekend beginning June 24 whose aim is to raise money for the Ex Animo Hospital for Children with Cancer, woefully inadequate to support the many needy children separated from their parents and fearful of their fate. "Friends of Warsaw" also hopes to establish "Help the Aged" centers in Poland -- and if, in the process, they can encourage tourism and promote Polish products, so much the better.

Guests have been invited from around the world -- the U.S., France, England, Spain, Italy, Portugal -- for the first time ever to spend this Warsaw weekend visiting country houses and palaces, having meals and listening to music there and attending the first ball in the Royal Castle since before the war. There will be a festival in the Park with the best of Polish crafts on display and dinner in the Old Square. Those invited will stay at the Bristol, comparable to the George V in Paris or at the very modern Marriott. And, dear ladies and kind gentlemen, extra expert pressers have been hired for the night, just to get you in shape for the ball. Many ball gowns will be made for the big party by Tomasz Starzewski in London, but Serena Balfour herself will wear an Oscar de la Renta. Hairdressers will be flown in from London and Paris to fluff up or pin up. Among those expected are Van Zuylens, Radziwills, d'Ornanos, Poniatowskis, Rothschilds, Yturbes, Kempners, Lanvins, Kents, royals and non-royals, most of the Polish old guard, the Polish government and ambassadors to burn.

Maryll and Bernard Lanvin are giving a big luncheon in their chateau outside Paris the weekend before Warsaw and, on June 26, Lita Livanos is marrying Giorgios Vardinoyannis in a big church wedding in London, so guests invited to both weekends and the wedding can continue their celebrations. (The original dates of the Warsaw fete were July 9, 10 and 11, but dates were changed for security reasons because of President Clinton's visit to Warsaw on July 12. First things first. I guess.)
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