The Venice Family Clinic’s recent annual dinner raised $1.3 million for medical care for low-income and uninsured patients, said chief executive officer Elizabeth Benson Forer.
“With an ever-increasing patient population, the clinic, with the generosity of Hutch Parker, has broken all past fundraising records,” Benson Forer said.
Parker, vice chair of the Twentieth Century Fox Film Group, was honored along with Warren Olney, a journalist for National Public Radio’s Which Way LA?
Marsha Temple, former Venice Family Clinic board chair, received the Irma Colen Leadership Award and Dr. Benjamin Chu, on behalf of Kaiser Permanente, was given the Community Service Award.
“I was instantly struck by an innate creativity and entrepreneurial spirit that would make Steve Jobs envious,” Parker said about his visit to Venice Family Clinic.
“The result of putting the patient before profits is a more dynamic, nimble, humanistic and compassionate organization better able to meet a broader spectrum of patient needs, while providing a superb quality of care for a fraction of the cost,” he said.
Venice Family Clinic provides care to 22,000 underserved patients who last year made 112,818 visits to the clinic.
Founded in 1970, the clinic provides services to low-income men, women, children, teen and seniors living in Los Angeles County who lack private health insurance.
Currently, 2,400 individuals, including 519 physicians, donate their time by volunteering.
Information, www.venicefam ilyclinic.org/