Although some charity events draw an interesting mix of celebrity participants, the list of donors for an auction by the Grundy Community Hospice in Morris, Ill., is a real doozy. What about donations from Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat, Jordan's King Hussein, senator and presidential hopeful Paul Simon and Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson?
Initially, Arafat and Moammar Gadhafi's names were included on the 1,500-person celebrity mailing list but were later pulled by the organizers. Arafat's letter did make it through, though, and a hospice spokeswoman said it must have "slipped out before we could pull it."
Arafat sent textiles, figurines, Nativity scenes, a prayer book, maps and jewelry boxes. Other donations included a royal wristwatch sent by King Hussein; an autographed biography sent by Bob Hope; an autographed play program sent by Katharine Hepburn; an autographed pair of socks by swivel-hips John Travolta; a necktie sent by Thompson; and a bow tie by Simon.
Guccione to Buy Saturday Review Bob Guccione, publisher and chairman of Penthouse magazine, announced yesterday that he has agreed to buy Saturday Review, a magazine dedicated to literature and public affairs for most of its 63-year history.
No price was divulged, but when the Review sent out feelers for buyers a year ago, the asking price was a reported $3.5 million.
Through a spokesman, Guccione said, "It's a very prestigious title with a great literary history. We feel it can be updated without losing any of its editorial integrity."
From a high of 530,000 readers in 1978, the magazine's circulation fell below 150,000 last year, according to a statement by the publisher.
Royal Treatment, American Style
Prince Philip's visit to Denver today will go without the royal trimmings and stuffiness, organizers say. Although concerned about proper protocol, "the types of arrangements you would have thought you needed -- opulent place settings and red carpets -- are not needed," said Judy Arbarbanel, director of the Colorado Outward Bound School.
The prince will receive the school's highest award -- the Kurt Hahn Award -- for his longtime support of outdoor pursuits and preservation, said a British Embassy spokesman.
Meanwhile, in Nashville, Princess Anne donned orange and white racing silks and charged her mount, Abbreviation, from back in the pack to a third-place finish in a charity race yesterday. Although a horse named Double Bill finished first in the British Airways Invitational turf race, the real winner was the Save the Children Fund, which received a check for $25,000 after the ride. Princess Anne, a former Olympic horsewoman, has been president of the charity in Britain for 17 years.
Greenfield to N.Y. Times Magazine
James L. Greenfield, an editor at The New York Times for two decades, has been appointed editor of The New York Times Magazine, Times Executive Editor Max Frankel announced Thursday.
Greenfield, 63, succeeds Edward Klein as editor of the magazine. Greenfield will retain his position as an assistant managing editor and will run the Part 2 magazine sections such as Business World and The Sophisticated Traveler, said Frankel.
New PTL Trustee Named
U.S. Bankruptcy Court officials yesterday named David W. Clark as the new trustee to oversee the reorganization of the PTL television ministry. Clark, vice president of marketing for the Christian Broadcasting Network since 1982, still must be approved by Bankruptcy Judge Rufus Reynolds of Greensboro, N.C. A hearing is set for Tuesday. In addition to holding a doctorate in broadcasting and communications research, Clark, of Virginia Beach, Va., is an Assemblies of God pastor. He is scheduled to leave his post at CBN next Friday.
The 'Evita' Casting Call
Barbra Streisand, Olivia Newton-John and Madonna are among the favorites for the singing lead role in a proposed film version of the British musical hit "Evita," film studio sources said yesterday.
Oliver Stone of "Platoon" fame will direct the film, a biography of Evita Peron, former first lady of Argentina.