The Venice Family Clinic held its 19th annual Children’s Holiday Movie event for more than 1,200 neighborhood children and patients.
The event featured the giving away of holiday bags filled with goodies, a screening of a first-run movie and the raising of more than $1 million in funds for pediatric care.
Children from the Venice area attended a private screening of Flushed Away, donated by DreamWorks Animation SKG, at the AMC Marina 6 Theaters in Marina del Rey.
“This was a thrill to be a part of,” said event co-chair Laurie MacDonald, who along with her husband Walter Parkes, are the co-heads of the DreamWorks Pictures movie studio.
“For many of these children, this may be the only holiday celebration they will have this year,” she said.
Clinic volunteers filled gift bags with toys and books donated by Mattel Incorporated, Dark Horse Comics, Jakk’s Pacific, Toys for Tots and the Motion Pictures Division of DreamWorks.
Helping MacDonald distribute gifts were Jill Burtis, senior vice president of Mattel, Margaret Weitzman, Deidre Gordon, clinic staff and hundreds of volunteers.
“We raise funds all year long to keep children healthy and the Holiday Movie is our way of also making children happy during this special time of year,” said Liz Forer, chief executive officer of the Venice Family Clinic.
The clinic provides well-child and developmental screenings, immunizations, parenting classes, chronic care and teen services to more than 5,000 children, the majority of whom have no health insurance and live in poverty.
Information, (310) 664-7925 or www.venicefamilyclinic.org