Dinner Gala Raises $9.2 Million for Clinic’s Medical, Dental and
Behavioral Health Services
(LOS ANGELES, Calif., November 16, 2017) On Monday, November 13, 2017,
Saban Community Clinic celebrated its
50th Anniversary with a fundraising gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills,
honoring Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, and Peter Benedek,
Founding Partner and Board Member of United Talent Agency, for their philanthropic
Top TV industry executives and celebrities who attended the dinner gala,
hosted by the
Friends of Saban Community Clinic, the Clinic’s fundraising arm, raised $4.6 million for its healthcare
services. Media mogul and philanthropist Haim Saban and his wife, author
and artist Cheryl Saban, matched that amount -- bringing the fundraising
total to $9.2 million!
“The work of the Clinic is critically important. We are truly inspired
[by the stories we heard tonight] and are honored to do our part,”
said Cheryl Saban.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Clinic’s low-income and uninsured
patients. Last year, the Clinic provided more than 100,000 patient visits.
The much-needed funds will also be applied to the Clinic’s renovation
project, scheduled to break ground in 2018, to help meet the community’s
growing demand for services.
The Los Angeles Free Clinic in the historic “1967 Summer of Love,” the Clinic was built
on the principle that health care is a right, not a privilege. Over the
past 50 years, the Clinic has grown from a single storefront operation
to a three-site, federally-qualified, non-profit organization providing
quality, affordable access to comprehensive medical, dental, and behavioral
This year’s fundraiser featured actor/comedian Jeff Garlin, ABC’s
“The Goldbergs” and HBO’sCurb Your Enthusiasm, as the evening’s host; comedian Norm MacDonald; and the participation
of actor/singer LL Cool J, actress Winona Ryder, and singer-songwriter
Michelle Phillips of
The Mamas and the Papas. Guests were treated to a very special live performance by legendary entertainer
The event was chaired by Friends Board Members Ellen Hoberman; Tom Hoberman,
Partner, Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman,
Rush, Kaller & Gellman L.L.P.; Sam Fischer, Partner, Ziffren Brittenham,
LLP; and Bela Bajaria, Vice President of Content, Netflix. Honorary Dinner
Chairs included: Shelli and Irving Azoff, CEO, Azoff Music Management;
Jim Gianopulos, CEO, Paramount Pictures; Reed Hastings, CEO, Netflix;
and Cheryl and Haim Saban.
An active supporter of the Clinic, Ted Sarandos was recognized for his
philanthropic leadership. As Chief Content Officer of Netflix, Sarandos
has led the transformation of Netflix into an original content powerhouse.
With more than 20 years of experience in the home entertainment business,
he is recognized as a key innovator in the acquisition and distribution
of films and television programs.
Saban Community Clinic board member Peter Benedek was presented with the
Lenny Somberg Award in memory of the Clinic’s first executive director.
The award is presented to a longtime volunteer who embodies Somberg’s
courageous vision, leadership and spirit.