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Camp for HIV Kids to Hold Fund-Raiser

June 20, 1998|JASON TAKENOUCHI

A camp dedicated to children infected with HIV will hold its third annual celebrity golf tournament Monday. Stacey Dash, star of the television show "Clueless," will host the event.

Proceeds from the tournament will help reduce long waiting lists for the free camps, organizers say.

"The more support we get the more kids go to camp," said Margot Andrew, founder and executive director of Camp Laurel.

Los Angeles-based Camp Laurel runs camps year-round for children infected with HIV, the disease that causes AIDS. It is open to children ages 6 to 16.

The camp gives children an open environment where they can address their problems, Andrew said.

"The children all know why they are there, so there's no secrecy," she said. "They don't feel they are going to be judged or discriminated against."

The golf event is Camp Laurel's biggest fund-raiser, and this year the camp expects to raise about $100,000 through entry fees, a silent auction and a post-tournament dinner.

The tournament begins at 11:30 a.m. at the North Ranch Country Club. For more information about the camp or the event, call (213) 653-5005.

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