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Over 600 guests arrived Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate the Venice Family Clinic’s 35th Annual Silver Circle Gala. The Clinic is one of Los Angeles’ most beloved institutions, providing free primary care to tens of thousands of people struggling without health insurance.
Comedienne Laura Kightlinger was the host for the evening, and she kicked off the night with provocative humor that had the guests — many of whom were there to help honor Warner Bros president of worldwide marketing and distribution Sue Kroll — in stitches.
Kroll was introduced by Jared Leto, who said of the Humanitarian Award recipient, “Apart from being a fearless pioneer in film, Sue is also an amazing advocate for the arts, a mentor for women and a supporter of this fearless group of dreamers and warriors, the ass-kicking Venice Family Clinic.”
Upon accepting her award, Kroll told the story of trying to care for her own mother, who passed away at age 64, after suffering from a stroke and not having any insurance or a doctor to treat her.
“That’s one of the reasons this brave and brilliant approach to healthcare is so meaningful to me,” she said. “The Venice Family Clinic is providing unconditional support and top-of-the-line care to anyone who needs it, regardless of income, insurance, immigration status, where they worship or who they love.”
Dr. Jimmy Hara also was honored with the Irma Colen Leadership Award for his over four decades of volunteer service to the clinic as a doctor, mentor and board member. Dr. Hara has dedicated his life to service, despite being held in a Japanese internment camp when he was a child.
Entertainment was provided by X Ambassadors, who played a short set, and L.A.-based folk-rock band Dawes, who closed out the evening with a soulful performance that had the audience swaying at their tables.
The Silver Circle Gala is expected to raise over $1.5 million this year, which will help the Clinic provide high-quality medical care to over 24,000 low-income and uninsured Angelenos.
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