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MALLET MADNESS

By JOAN HANAUER, United Press International

Celebrities galore will converge on Boca Raton, Fla., in March for the first St. Andrews-NPR Celebrity Croquet event.

George Plimpton, in announcing the benefit for National Public Radio and the Croquet Foundation of America, said it could raise as much as $1 million. The West Coast Event Committee includes Lucille Ball, Larry Hagman, John Davidson and Wally Schirra. On the East Coast: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Helen Hayes, Robert Merrill and Patrice Munsel. Already signed up for the event are Liza Minnelli, Eva Gabor, Amanda Plummer, Joan Fontaine, Harry Reasoner, Morley Safer, Anne Murray, Carol Channing, Phyllis Diller, Tony Bennett, Christopher Atkins, Ernest Borgnine, Arlene Dahl, Hermione Gingold, Tammy Grimes, Ann Jackson, Louis Jourdan, Richard Kiley and Eli Wallach.

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