By local standards it didn't cost a lot to get in the doors of "Casino Laguna," a fund-raiser for the Assistance League of Laguna Beach--$75, a mid-range tariff in this gilded neck of the woods.
But even at that low price, some thought it was too much. To put the price "in perspective," Karen Stevens, event chairwoman, described the party's beneficiary--a program for developmentally handicapped babies.
The league-sponsored program now includes 14 infants from birth to 9 months of age, said Stevens, standing outside the Assistance League Chapter House on Saturday night. For the parents of Down's syndrome and other "special" kids who take part, $75 is about what one of the weekly sessions would cost--if they had to pay. The three-hour physical therapy and counseling sessions, held at the Chapter House, are free.
Stevens said the program is expanding to include children up to 24 months old, and enrollment will probably double by spring. The expansion is due, at least in part, to the $9,000 estimated net proceeds from the party, Stevens said.