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By Michelle Stuffmann
Venice Family Clinic 

Venice Family Clinic Hosts Holiday Movie for its Young Patients

Annual Event Raised Funds for Community Health Center's Programs that Provide Educational, Preventive and Medical Services to more than 7,300 Children in Need

 

December 25, 2019

Margaret Molloy for Venice Family Clinic.

Children and their parents enjoy the gift bags they received of age-appropriate toys and books at Venice Family Clinic's annual Children's Holiday Movie at HHLA.

The holiday gift-giving season came early for some 1,200 children who are patients of Venice Family Clinic when the nonprofit community health center hosted its annual Children's Holiday Movie Dec. 7 at Cinemark's Century 18 and XD Theatre at HHLA (formerly The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center).

The annual event raised funds for the community clinic's programs for children, which provide educational, preventive and health care services through the clinic's pediatric medicine programs and its Children First Early Head Start program. Patients and their families enjoyed treats, received gifts from Santa Claus and saw free showings of the movie, "Dora and the Lost City of Gold."

Margaret Molloy for Venice Family Clinic.

A guest gets her face painted, one of the many fun activities for children at Venice Family Clinic's annual Children's Holiday Movie event.

"Venice Family Clinic's pediatric programs provide comprehensive care to children living in poverty, starting with their mothers' pregnancies and continuing through their teen and into their adult years," said Elizabeth Benson Forer, Venice Family Clinic CEO. "Children's Holiday Movie offers our youngest patients and their families a festive holiday party and confirms the Clinic's commitment to strengthening families to improve their overall health and well-being."

Children's Holiday Movie was made possible this year thanks to many generous supporters and sponsors. As a longtime partner, the Cinemark Century 18 and XD Theatre donated multiple auditoriums, staffing and concession treats for the children and their families. Anthem Blue Cross also celebrated its sixth year as the event's presenting sponsor.

"Anthem Blue Cross is dedicated to improving lives and communities and making healthcare simpler," said Dr. Barsam Kasravi, Chief Medical Officer for Anthem Blue Cross Medi-Cal Health Plan. "We are proud to support Venice Family Clinic's pediatric programs and the more than 7,300 children they serve by sponsoring this wonderful holiday tradition for children and their families."

 

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