Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mamie Van Doren Honored By Palm Springs Historical Society... Andreas Hotel

Mamie Van Doren & her close friend Janie Hughes

Mamie Van Doren

Mamie Van Doren & Palm Springs Historical Society staff (left to right) Nicolette Wenzell, Renee Brown & Jeri Vogelsong

Mamie Van Doren, Janie Hughes & Harrison Held

What a great party honoring the forever young & beautiful Mamie Van Doren at the Andreas Hotel in Palm Springs last nite!  The well attended event was a fundraiser for the Palm Springs Historical Society which now features a stunning Mamie Van Doren collection open to the public.  Mamie won Miss Palm Springs when she was a teenager and was discovered by Howard Hughes who saw the pageant... a star was born!   "Palm Springs is such a special place for me. It's where my career started when Howard Hughes discovered me in the Miss Palm Springs beauty contest.  Over the years it seems that the Springs has been the focal point for so many good things in my life" says Mamie.  Indeed it has...  last year I attended the unveiling of the beautiful  Mamie Van Doren Suite at the Andreas.  It was such a fun memorable nite & lucky guests from around the world have kept the glamorous art deco suite occupied since!   Mamie's lovely friend Janie Hughes, a cousin to Howard, did a fine job yesterday as the official MC of the nite while party guests enjoyed spending time with Mamie who was genuinely thrilled & touched by the festivites.   Delicious hors d'oeuvres were provided by LuLu California Bistro & tasty cake by Manhattan in the Dessert.  Lucky me... I won the last raffle of the nite, a walking tour for two which I am looking forward to.  Homebase for the Palm Springs Historical Society is located in the heart of downtown at 221 South Palm Canyon Drive - for more information call 760 323 8297.  Thanks to the Palm Springs Historical Society & the Andreas Hotel for their warm hospitality!   Report by Harrison Held/Photos by Billy Bennight
Mamie Van Doren & Harrison Held

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