Venice Family Clinic to Host Children’s Holiday Movie for its Young Patients


Contact: Laura Mecoy




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

VENICE – (Dec. 2, 2019) – The holiday gift-giving season will come early for some 1,200 children who are patients of Venice Family Clinic when the nonprofit community health center hosts 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 raises 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 will be invited to enjoy treats, receive gifts from Santa Claus and see free showings of the movie, “Dora and the Lost City of Gold.”

“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 is made possible this year thanks to many generous supporters and sponsors. As a longtime partner, the Cinemark Century 18 and XD Theatre donates multiple auditoriums, staffing and concession treats for the children and their families. Anthem Blue Cross also celebrates 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.”

About Venice Family Clinic

Venice Family Clinic is a leader in providing high quality primary health care to people in need. Launched in 1970, the Clinic has grown from a small storefront operation into the largest community health center on the Westside of Los Angeles, providing comprehensive medical, behavioral health, vision, dental, health insurance enrollment and child development services, along with substance use treatment and health education. The Clinic provides these comprehensive services to more than 27,000 men, women and children annually through 12 sites in Venice, Santa Monica, Mar Vista, Inglewood and Culver City. For more information, visit Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.