Venice Family Clinic has revealed the honorees for its Silver Circle Gala, scheduled for March 19 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.
Mike Farah and Brad Jenkins of Funny or Die and Scott Aukerman and Zach Galifianakis of Between Two Ferns will be honored with the Humanitarian Award for their work in promoting the Affordable Care Act and social issues. Joan E. Herman will take home VFC’s Irma Colen Leadership Award.
“With their clever and insightful videos explaining the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the creative minds at Funny or Die and Between Two Ferns played a vital role in the successful launch of the landmark law, which has since been hugely helpful to Venice Family Clinic and thousands of its patients,” said VFC’s CEO Elizabeth Benson Forer. “Joan Herman has likewise been a tireless advocate for underserved populations and has had a concentrated local impact for decades, lending her expertise to Venice Family Clinic through board involvement and by helping it build fruitful relationships. Each of these honorees deserves thanks and praise for making the health care system itself healthier and improving the quality of life for all Angelenos,”
In 2014, Funny or Die collaborated with Between Two Ferns, co-created by Aukerman and Galifianakis, to promote the Affordable Care Act after it became law. They worked directly with White House staff and urged viewers to sign up for health insurance. Aukerman, Farah, Galifianakis and Jenkins launched the viral video of President Obama being interviewed on Between Two Ferns, which became the No. 1 referrer to Healthcare.gov.
Meanwhile, the Irma Colen Leadership Award recognizes those “who invest extraordinary time and talent to personally support and advance the mission of Venice Family Clinic,” according to the organization. Herman has been on the Venice Family Clinic Foundation Board of Trustees since 2011, and serves as president and CEO of Herman and Associates LLC, a health-care and management consulting firm, which specializes in consulting to managed care organizations, provider groups, pharmacy benefit managers, dental, vision and behavioral health companies, as well as to private equity firms investing in health care.
The Silver Circle Gala will raise more than $1.5 million to help VFC provide health care to thousands of low-income and uninsured families and individuals. Sponsors include UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and TravelStore. More information about VFC and its gala can be found here.