The Venice Family Clinic raised over $100,000, a record amount, through its annual children’s holiday movie event.
About one thousand underprivileged children and adults from neighborhood schools, shelters and churches enjoyed a free screening of “Wreck It Ralph” at the Laemmle Monica 4-plex in Santa Monica on Saturday. The event celebrated its 25th anniversary and funds raised will be used to support the clinic’s medical, dental, vision and mental illness programs for about 7,500 low-income and uninsured children and teens in the Westside.
"Children's Holiday Movie raises critical funds for Venice Family Clinic in the holiday spirit of giving to families in need in our neighborhood," said Venice Family Clinic CEO Elizabeth Benson Forer in a statement. "We could not put on this event without the generous support of Disney, Greg Laemmle of Laemmle Theatres and our sponsors, committee members and volunteers who came together to make Children's Holiday Movie a magical experience our families will remember for years to come. Our staff and volunteers truly have as much fun at Children's Holiday Movie as the kids."
Moviegoers enjoyed a red carpet arrival and free popcorn and refreshments during the movie. The kids also received gift bags filled with toys and treats and had the opportunity to take photos with Santa Claus.
Venice Family Clinic invited patients and children from Westside homeless shelters, youth programs and schools including Children First Early Head Start, Broadway Elementary School, Coeur d' Alene Elementary School, Westminster Elementary School, Walgrove Elementary School, and Wooton Youth Center.