Saturday, December 15th, Venice Family Clinic’s 20th annual Children’s Holiday Movie event hosted more than 1,200 low-income children from local schools and homeless shelters, to enjoy a private screening of Alvin and the Chipmunks, and receive gift bags from Santa Claus.

Hundreds of individuals and organizations collectively donated more than $100,000 to “sponsor” children to attend the event. All the products and services associated with the event were donated, including the movie and theater, so the funds could benefit Venice Family Clinic’s pediatric programs in 2008.

“The event served a dual purpose: to spread some holiday cheer to families who need it most, and in doing so, to raise funds to provide health care to low-income and uninsured children at Venice Family Clinic in 2008,” says Alison Dockray, associate development director at Venice Family Clinic.

Nearly 6,000 low-income and uninsured children from Venice, Santa Monica, Mar Vista, and Culver City rely on Venice Family Clinic for their health care.

Donations to Venice Family Clinic’s pediatric programs can still be made by calling (310) 664-7921.

New Roads School’s Gimme Shelter Benefit Concert on Tuesday, December 11th, also turned in a star-studded performance to raise money for New Roads’ programs. The sold-out event grossed approximately $12,000 and organizers say it will exceed last year’s total benefit for New Roads School.

Attendees were also treated to a performance by Tom Morello, best known as the guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, who showed up as a surprise guest for the concert. He performed songs from his solo endeavor, The Nighwatchman, as well as songs by Rage Against the Machine, and even Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.”