Rob Friedman Honored at Saban Free Clinic Golf Classic

Saban Free Clinic - H 2012

Saban Free Clinic - H 2012

The Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman helped the organization raise more than $308,000 this year.

The Saban Free Clinic’s 17th annual Golf Classic on Tuesday honored Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman Rob Friedman as it raised more than $308,000 for the medical facility.

Among those in the industry taking part in the tournament on a spectacularly sunny day at the El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana were producer David Friendly, Smallville star Tom Welling, Friedman’s fellow Lionsgate execs Steve Beeks and Ron Schwartz and teams representing Warner Bros., UTA, Frontline Management, HBO, Loeb & Loeb and The Hollywood Reporter, which served as the event’s exclusive media sponsor.

The first Free Clinic opened in 1967, and Friedman recalled it as “a place you could go to when you were in trouble.” It is now a four-site nonprofit organization that provides more than 90,000 patient visits each year; the 2012 donations will go toward providing health care for 1,700 needy individuals.

The golf tournament has raised $3.2 million over the years.

In introducing his friend of more than three decades on Tuesday, Warner Bros. distribution president Dan Fellman said Friedman “devotes so much time to helping others, it’s a lesson to all of us.”

Welling was a member of the winning Carson Foundation foursome.