The Venice Family Clinic honored filmmaker Brett Ratner with its Humanitarian Award during the nonprofit’s 34th annual Silver Circle Gala on March 7. The prestigious Humanitarian Award is presented to philanthropic leaders in the entertainment industry who have worked to benefit homeless and low-income residents of Los Angeles.
For Ratner, getting involved with the VFC happened by chance — “I think most beautiful things in life happen like that,” he said. Ratner had been invited to present the same award a few years ago to Jeff Nathanson, his writing partner for the “Rush Hour” movies, and was blown away after visiting the facilities and learning about the clinic’s work.
“Imagine having a child or a mother or grandmother that was sick and you didn’t have a doctor to take them to,” he says. “It does great work, and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”
DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg presented the award to Ratner, who described Katzenberg as his role model for philanthropy and “the most generous guy in Hollywood.”
Also recognized during the gala was Capital Group Private Client Services Senior VP Bill Flumenbaum, who received the Irma Colen Leadership Award. This award honors those who personally invest an extraordinary amount of time and talent to support and advance the mission of the VFC.
The Silver Circle Gala was held at the Beverly Hilton, hosted by Larry King, and included a special performance by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. Attendees included singer Mariah Carey, producer Brian Grazer, and actors Paul Sorvino, Camryn Manheim and Dermot Mulroney. UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA were presenting sponsors.
The gala raised more than $1.5 million to fund the clinic’s mission of providing quality primary health care to people in need. Learn more at venicefamilyclinic.org.
— Regan Kibbee