The Far East fever which has been hitting Washington for most of this year struck Woodward/Lothrop last evening as the downtown store hosted a benefit for the International Rescue Committee.
At the party also sponsored by the ambassadors from six Far Easterncountries, guests were ushered through five floors of Far Eastern performers and some of $2 million worth of home furnishings bought by the store as part of their two-week Tradewinds promotion. There were eggrolls in the Men's Shirts department, hot saki in Suits, and Fillipino singers in Baskets.
The 350 guests included a number of Vietnamese refugees who had been aided by the IRC, in national costumes; embassy people and some former United States ambassadors to the Far East. Charles Whitehouse, former United States ambassador to Laos, was one of the first in line to get a Baci string tied to his wrist "for good luck." William McCormick Blair, former ambassador to the Philippines, and his wife Deeda, immediately recognized familiar Filipino music from one side of the room. Former ambassador to South Vietnam Ellsworth Bunker said that the evening brought back "many memories of our time in India and Nepal and in Southeast Asia."
However, the girl in costume at the Fortune Stick table was not the real thing. She was Cindy Weinstein from Woodies' advertising department. "Our Japanese fortune teller dropped out," said a Woodies spokesman. "She didn't speak English very well-she knew your fortune but she had trouble expressing it." CAPTION: Picture, Leonard Marks and Ellsworth Bunker, by Harry Naltchayan