The Year Was 1967: Miss Universe Contest Charity Ball On July 16 At The Fontainebleau Hotel


"To sit with or near the Miss USA table or Miss Universe table at the Ball will cost ya a hundred bucks," Phoebe Morse, chairman of the Coronation Charity Ball told me. If she had chops, she would have licked them.

Because 73 to 80 countries will be represented this year, Phoebe predicts anywhere from ten to a hundred guests lining up to secure their place at the $100 Golden Circle tables. "Miami has never seen such an international event," she exclaimed.

Known to all and sundry as the Humane Society leader who's always giving people a new leash on life, Phoebe is the grand dame of Miami Beach. Born into a Quaker family, her growing up life was so different from the glitz and glitter of society charity balls. The good news, even to sirs with not curs, is that the whole magillah is tax deductible, come income tax pay-up.

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Three marquees plus a spillover of 12 tables underneath the skies contained nearly 250 cronies of Jean and Jim Dickey.And the rains were beautifully timed...they held off until more than half the guests had departed for home from the Sunset Island II home Monday night. Jean and Jim, with their five youngsters, James, Jonathan, Jeanine, Jennifer and Jocelyn leave June 12 for Washington, D.C., where they'll get a house so the children can attend the National Cathedral School.

"We'll take a trip to Montreal and maybe to Banff or go to Europe this summer; "Jeanie wants Europe," said Jim. "We'll keep this house and commute." They have a farm in Cooksville, Md where Jim loves to spend time also.


Dan McGoff, their buddy who's a splendid gourmet cook, set up a buffet of tenderloin fillets, his famous India curry, etc. and although it's just a hobby, his pals tell him, "You ought to go into the business!"

Entertainers who could really sing went over very well with the company.

They were 35 youngsters from Moral Rearmament who performed their famous "Sing-Out" as well as barbershop singers who entertained after dinner. Al Nubular's band made for rollicking rhythms.

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Even barefoot's okay for the Clam Diggers Party on the beach at the Bath Club, come June 17.

Gini (Mrs. George) Salley and Rosalind (Mrs. Philippe) Moore, co-chairmen, are urging members of Theatre Patrons to wear patio gowns or shifts -- their husbands have to shift for themselves) to the $20 per couple for the dinner and dance.


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Some folks phone ahead but Rich Fuller flew, to scout a good locale for a Memorial weekend stay. Licensed pilot Rich flew up to Vero Beach last weekend and selected the Seahorse Inn from the air, where he and his wife, Beverly, Cathy and Romeo Shephard, Dolores and Larry Genauer, Diane and Ed Moss -- with their children -- will spend their playcation. They'll motor up and back.

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Beaux Arts' final meeting of the year today features Miami News Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonish Don Wright. He's not only gifted but good-looking so they expect a big crowd. Sue (Mrs. Ray) Fisher is the new prez. Her husband's the ace photographer we see "shooting" more than the breeze.