The crowd of 530 guests attending "Holiday Happenings," a fund-raising event for the Les Petites Fleurs Auxiliary (Laguna Niguel) of Children's Home Society, was called a "sell-out" success by co-chairs of the event, Karen Holgate and Mary Faulkner.
They were more than pleased with the mid-morning champagne brunch that highlighted a Nordstrom "fashion extravaganza" and netted $16,000 for CHS projects.
Marilyn Cavanaugh, president of the auxiliary, opened the program but promptly turned it over to Holgate.
Holgate read a "success" letter written by Dorothy Fitzgerald, CHS regional director of volunteer services, southern region.
The letter told of the difficult task of finding a home for "Teddy," an 11-month-old boy brought to CHS for adoption. It was a difficult placement because the child was diagnosed as having "elephant man's disease," a rare disorder.
After a social worker found a local support group in Orange County (the only one in the country), the search began for adoptive parents who were eventually found in San Diego.