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Spring 2013 The semi-annual newsletter of

Venice Art Walk See Page 4!

Encounters Venice Art Walk Returns to Google!

Photos: Stephanie Diani; Rebecca Garrett; John Salangsang; Larry Bell portrait by Eric Schwartz courtesy of Larry Bell; artist studio photo used by permission of Yo!Venice

Plus: Silver Circle and Children First Early Head Start!

Give your time and resources From the Board Chair Dear Friends, When I first volunteered at Venice Family Clinic during my residency at CedarsSinai in the late 1980s, I could not have known I would still be involved with the Clinic more than twenty years later. Over the years, I have proudly watched the Clinic grow—in number of health centers and the services we provide to thousands of families and individuals who seek our medical care each year. Desiring a greater role in guiding the Clinic’s future after volunteering as a physician, I served on the Advisory Board in the 1990s and became a member of the Board of Directors in 1998. In my time at the Clinic, I’ve seen many shifts in the health care landscape—including the passage of the Affordable Care Act—and I know that our low-income and uninsured patients have long waited for change. While we look forward to health care reform, we know that we still need the support of our volunteers and donors to propel Venice Family Clinic forward. In fact, thanks to our supporters who give their time, resources and passion each day to Venice Family Clinic, the Clinic is able to help thousands of men, women and children across Los Angeles. Our volunteers not only serve within our Clinic locations, but they also make a crucial impact on Venice Family Clinic through their involvement with key fundraising efforts you can read more about in this newsletter, including Silver Circle and Venice Art Walk & Auctions. While my term as Chair of the Board of Directors will end in June, my involvement with Venice Family Clinic will continue for years to come. It has been a pleasure to be a part of the Clinic’s family—and its progress. I encourage each of you to not only find time in your schedules to volunteer but to ask your friends and family to lend their time and talents as well. You’ll be a part of extending the legacy of Venice Family Clinic and will be able to look back—like I can—and know that you’ve helped provide health care for countless families and individuals in our community. Sincerely

Brian Kan, MD Chair, Board of Directors Brian Kan, MD, is a staff physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, as well as an Associate Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. At CedarsSinai, he serves as the Research Subject Advocate, General Clinical Research Center, and Medical Director, Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease Program, Department of Community Health. He has been a volunteer physician at the Clinic since 1995 and joined Venice Family Clinic’s Board of Directors in 1998.

Providing quality primary health care to people in need VENICE FAMILY CLINIC BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Brian D. Kan, MD, Chair William Flumenbaum, Chair-Elect Ashley Johnson, Secretary Jeffrey E. Sinaiko, Treasurer Mayer B. Davidson, MD Paula Davis Aime Espinosa Luis Galvez Rev. Lynda D. Gray Neil H. Parker, MD Bill Resnick, MD Paul Saben Flora M. Santacruz Stewart Seradsky Lourdes Servin Carmen Thomas-Paris Leisa Wu

Kathleen Aikenhead Lou Colen Marjorie Fasman Ruth Flinkman-Marandy Hilary & Robert Nelson Jacobs Glorya Kaufman Susanne & Paul Kester Shawn & Larry King Deborah Laub Susan Adelman & Claudio Llanos Chuck Lorre Laurie MacDonald Anita May Rosenstein Victoria & Ronald Simms Harriet & Richard Squire Eva Vollmer Billie Milam Weisman Sylvia Weisz Ruth Ziegler Marilyn Ziering Diane & Michael Ziering Janet & Jerry Zucker


Susan Adelman Carol L. Archie, MD Neal Baer, MD Rick Bradley Lowell C. Brown, Esq. David M. Carlisle, MD, PhD Mayer B. Davidson, MD Susan Fleischman, MD William Flumenbaum John R. Geresi Chester F. Griffiths, MD, FACS Jimmy H. Hara, MD Joan E. Herman Ashley Johnson Brian D. Kan, MD Deborah Laub Constance Lawton Lou Lazatin Harley Liker, MD, MBA Tracey Loeb Gail Margolis, Esq. Melissa Martinez Frank Matricardi, Dr PH Viren Mehta Wendy Smith Meyer, PhD, LCSW William D. Parente Hutch Parker Neil H. Parker, MD Bill Resnick, MD Paul Saben Michael Sarian Fern Seizer Alan Sieroty Jeffrey E. Sinaiko Russel Tyner, AIA Michael S. Wilkes, MD, PhD Leisa Wu VENICE FAMILY CLINIC BOARD EMERITUS

Martin Anderson, MD, MPH Bernard Briskin Stan Chiu Henry G. Cisneros Lou Colen Lucia Diaz Laddie John Dill Raymond Eden Leah Ellenberg, PhD Lila Garrett Allan Gordon Daniel Helberg Roseann Herman, Esq. Douglas I. Jeffe Diedre Kelly-Gordon Mary D. Lane Barbara A. Levey, MD, FACP Julie Liker Connie Linn Al Markovitz, MD, FACP Michael McClain Kelly Chapman Meyer Robert Moverley Charlotte Neumann, MD, MPH Chris O’Brien Regina Pally, MD Kenneth Ramberg Joyce Rey Brian K. Rosenstein Todd Stella Millie Sterz, RN, MPH Arthur Stickgold Jill E. Thomas Matthew A. Toledo Carl Weissburg, Esq.

Ruth Bloom Daniel Hillman, MD Joanne Jubelier, PhD Karl A. Keener, Esq. Ruth Moss Marsha Temple, Esq.

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(1) Clinic Coordinator Alma Medrano. (2) Medical Assistant Oralia Palma and patient. (3) Venice Family Clinic Medical Director Karen Lamp, MD speaks at the 2010 Irma Colen Health Center dedication ceremony. Photos: Margaret Molloy

Iraqi Physician Looks to Venice Family Clinic for Family’s Care Calls Irma Colen Health Center Staff Helpful, Cheerful

When Nadia Shaheen was a practicing family physician in Iraq, she dedicated 19 years of her career to caring for families within a country whose medical infrastructure was being challenged by prolonged social and political turmoil. Having lived through the Gulf War and the 2003 invasion of Iraq, as news organizations continued to report that the families of physicians, foreign contractors and other high-earning civilians were increasingly being targeted for kidnapping to extort huge ransom amounts, Nadia had a difficult decision to make: would she and her family remain in the country or should they flee and build a new life in a more stable region? “With the country changing all around us, I had to face the reality that I could no longer guarantee my children’s safety,” Nadia remembers. “We could not live in an atmosphere where people were being threatened because of their religion or ethnicity.” In 2005, Nadia decided to move her family to Jordan–when her son Mohammed was only one month old. The family spent almost six years in Jordan waiting for approval to emigrate to the United States. While in Jordan, Nadia resumed her medical career at a local hospital by working in a bariatric surgical department treating obese patients.

put a stethoscope to the four-year-old’s heart and listened. “Has a nyone informed you of Asma’s cardiac problems?” she asked. “I heard a murmur.” Asma was soon diagnosed with congenital heart disease and was referred to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where she underwent open heart surgery in November 2012. Today, Asma is doing much better and, like the rest of Nadia’s family, remains under the care of our medical staff at the Irma Colen Health Center.

“Clinic coordinator Alma Medrano is great! I told her that she helps me and makes my life more organized. She treated my children and my niece as if they were her own children. I’m very grateful for her.”

The family moved to California in September 2010 and obtained their green cards a year later. While her husband looked for work, Nadia focused on her family and helping her four children adjust to their new home in the United States.

— Nadia Shaheen Venice Family Clinic patient

As a physician, Nadia was concerned about maintaining her family’s health care and through a Medi-Cal directory of health centers found Venice Family Clinic. Nadia and her family first sought their care at the Rose Avenue Clinic until she realized that the Irma Colen Health Center was more conveniently located to her home.

“I’ve found that this is one of the best clinics. I get the sense that the staff is working from their conscience, from a drive inside them. They treat people here equally and I have never felt racism,” Nadia explains. “In particular, clinic coordinator Alma Medrano is great! I told her that she helps me and makes my life more organized. She treated my children and my niece as if they were her own children. I’m very grateful for her.”

Nadia soon discovered additional benefits from coordinating her family’s medical care at the Irma Colen Health Center. “The staff are simply amazing: from reception to the nurses and physicians that work there—all of them are awesome,” Nadia explains. “The staff is always helpful and very cheerful and I like that they are enthusiastic about treating children.” In December 2011, during a routine pediatric appointment for her niece Asma—whose medical care Nadia also oversees—a provider

The quality medical care Nadia and her family have received at Venice Family Clinic has inspired her to want to give back. She explains, “I want to volunteer at the Clinic because the staff is helping my children—and not just my children but a lot of needy children as well. This Clinic deserves to be helped,”


Volunteer Opportunities To volunteer at the Venice Art Walk & Auctions, please contact Ingrid Trejo at 310.664.7532 or

Don’t miss Venice Art Walk & Auctions: Art! Food! Music! Calendar Venice Art Walk & Auctions Sunday, May 19th Silent Art Auction at Google Los Angeles Our Silent Art Auction returns to Google, featuring paintings, sculpture and photography created by over 350 Southern California artists. Enjoy live music, food, family-friendly games and ART-rageous performances and exhibits!

The 2013 Venice Art Walk & Auctions encompasses exclusive artist studio and architecture tours with meet-the-artist opportunities, a silent art auction at Google Los Angeles, biking tours, gallery shows and special exhibitions, as well as live entertainment, performance art, food and drinks—all set against the backdrop of beautiful Venice!

• Venice Art Walk Tickets $50 Enjoy our Silent Art Auction, Family Fun Day and Community Celebration at Google and explore neverbefore-seen artist studios east of Lincoln Avenue, west of Abbot Kinney and around Windward Circle. Tour hours: • East of Lincoln: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. • West of Abbot Kinney & Windward Circle: 12 noon – 4 p.m.

• 12 noon – Auction opens to ART-Venture Pass holders and sponsors • 1:00 p.m. – Auction opens to Angels and Venice Art Walk ticket holders

• ART-Venture Pass $150 Upgrade your Venice Art Walk ticket with our new ART-Venture Pass that provides exclusive benefits, including: • Early entry to the Silent Art Auction at 12 noon • $50 off $500+ art purchases • Collectible Venice Art Walk & Auctions T-shirt • Access to specials at restaurants and retailers throughout Venice

“Venture into Venice” Artist Studio Tour See where art is created as artists open their studios for a rare meetand-greet! New for 2013, go inside never-before-seen studios east of Lincoln Ave., west of Abbot Kinney, and around Windward Circle. • East of Lincoln: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. • West of Abbot Kinney & around Windward Circle: 12 noon – 4 p.m. 4

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Ticket Pick Up

• Online: • Email: • Call: 310.392.6255

• Please pick up tickets on May 19 at Will-Call at Google and Walgrove School.

2013 Signature Artists & Posters The 2013 Venice Art Walk and Auctions proudly celebrates the achievements of two signature artists: Larry Bell and John Van Hamersveld.

Larry Bell Larry Bell is a contemporary American artist and sculptor whose 40 years of work can be found in the collections of many of the world’s top art aficionados, public spaces, major museums and cultural institutions. We are proud to feature this Venice legend at the 2013 Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

• Silent Art Auction Bid on paintings, sculpture and photography created by over 350 Southern California artists. Visit Google’s interior courtyard, home of our sculpture garden, for live music and refreshments. And back by popular demand: the return of our “Buy it Now” feature. Purchase select pieces early to benefit Venice Family Clinic.

• Community Celebration + Family Fun Day Enjoy live music, family-friendly games and taste budtingling food trucks at the Community Celebration and Family Fun Day outside Google. New for 2013, don’t miss the special ART-rageous performances and exhibits.

Summer Events

Larry Bell Signature Poster, featuring the image of MS 35, 1978. $20

John Van Hamersveld John Van Hamersveld is a renowned graphic designer, illustrator and artist perhaps best known for creating the brilliant and instantly iconic image for “The Endless Summer,” the seminal 1966 surf movie. As signature artist, Van Hamersveld created the graphic imagery and logo for the 2013 Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

• GHOST TOWN at L&M Arts—July 16th GHOST TOWN returns to L&M Arts in Venice as a special reception and one-night-only art exhibition to benefit Venice Family Clinic. Purchase works by top artists while enjoying live music, delicious food—and mingling with celebrities and key players in the art, music, entertainment and fashion worlds!

• Surf & Skate Auction—August 29th Bid on one-of-a-kind, artist-customized surfboards and skate decks curated by Robb Havassy and Andy Moses during this silent auction and reception at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Photos: John Salangsang and Jill Paider.

John Van Hamersveld Event Poster. $20 Purchase the 2013 Venice Art Walk & Auctions T-shirt and get your choice of the Larry Bell Signature Poster or John Van Hamersveld Event Poster for $15. 5

Silver Circle Gala Raises More Than $1,200,000!




4 5 (1) Lezlie and Richard Atlas. (2) From left to right: Liz Forer; Audra and Jeff Nathanson; Seal; Julie and Dr. Harley Liker. (3) From left to right: Hutch Parker, Judy and David Shore. (4) Seal. (5) Ingrid Gochez and family. Photos: Margaret Molloy and Jonathan Leibson.

Venice Family Clinic’s 31st Annual Silver Circle Gala, sponsored by UCLA Health System and the David Geffen School of Medicine, brought 600 dedicated Clinic supporters together on Tuesday, February 26th to honor Dr. Harley & Julie Liker and Jeff Nathanson, and celebrate more than four decades of quality health care services for families in need across the Westside of Los Angeles. Held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the theme of the gala was “From Our Family to Yours,” a celebration of the countless families who make up Venice Family Clinic: patients, providers, volunteers, and generous supporters—many of whom have been involved with Venice Family Clinic across generations. Special thanks to our extraordinary honorees; host Debbie Allen; presenters Richard Atlas and Brett Ratner; event chairs Hutch Parker, Judy and David Shore; Silver Circle committee members Rick Bradley, Jill Eisenstadt-Chayet and Rebecca Pollack Parker; Ingrid Gochez and family; and of course, our incredible entertainment Seal, whose show-stopping performance was the perfect end to a remarkable evening. Other attendees included: philanthropist Billie Milam Weisman; Barry and Wendy Meyer; Dr. Bill Resnick and Michael Stubbs; Ed Goren (retired president of Fox Sports); actress Erin Cahill (Red Widow); ICM’s Chris Silbermann; UTA’s Barbara Dreyfus; former State Senator Sheila Kuehl and Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Torie Osborn.

Children First Early Head Start Needs Your Support! Children First Early Head Start (CFEHS) is a trusted program that helps disadvantaged parents gives kids a healthy start in life. The program began at Venice Family Clinic in 1995 and supports 180 children and their families. As a program that relies mostly on federal funding, the across-the-board federal spending cuts—known as sequestration—that went into effect on March 1 threaten to have a devastating impact on CFEHS.


In February, Venice Family Clinic joined with community partners to ask Members of Congress to stop or delay the federal sequester that eliminated $132,000 in funding for the Clinic’s CFEHS program—a 5.4% reduction. Stacey Scarborough, director of Venice Family Clinic’s Children First Early Head Start program, condemned the cuts in a Los Angeles Times article. The cuts forced Venice Family Clinic to close CFEHS at Santa Monica High School, a site servicing teen parents attending the high school and working low-income jobs. Scarborough is currently working with the Santa Monica Unified

School District and Connections for Children to minimize the disruption to CFEHS families at Santa Monica High School. With the help of our supporters, CFEHS can continue to have a positive impact on families in need. One group that is already getting involved is Cedars-Sinai Medical Group, where employees “adopted a family” and raised funds to purchase holiday gifts for three CFEHS families—and topped off their generosity with a $5,000 gift to Venice Family Clinic! “This year we reached out to Venice Family Clinic to support their wonderful organization and efforts and were given the wish lists of three families most in need,” explains Thomas D. Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of Cedars-Sinai Medical Group. “We came together as a team, shopped for the families and then wrapped the presents over pizza and good conversation. This is something we look forward to every year, it brings us together as a family and gives us the opportunity to give to others.” We encourage our Venice Family Clinic family to support Children First Early Head Start! Your contributions can help ensure that CFEHS children continue to receive the services they need.

Major Gifts October 30, 2012 – March 29, 2013 $100,000 + The Atlas Family Foundation Lezlie & Richard Atlas California Community Foundation Gumpert Foundation The Rose Hills Foundation The Skirball Foundation University of the Pacific Dental School First 5 LA Anonymous $50,000 to $99,999 The California Wellness Foundation W.M. Keck Foundation William M. Keck Jr. Foundation The Norman and Sadie Lee Foundation QueensCare Saint John’s Health Center The Simms/Mann Family Foundation Dr. Victoria & Ronald Simms Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System Mission Fund State of California Attorney General UCLA Medical Center/David Geffen School of Medicine Witherbee Foundation Ruth Ziegler Anonymous $25,000 to $49,000 Kathleen Aikenhead The Bravewell Collaborative The Capital Group Companies The Dharma Grace Foundation Chuck Lorre Joseph Drown Foundation Ruth Flinkman-Marandy The William H. Hannon Foundation Susanne & Paul Kester Molle Living Trust Susan Howard Leah & William Molle Roberta & Richard Nathanson The Specialty Family Foundation United HealthCare Services, Inc The Vollmer Family Foundation Frederick R. Weisman Philanthropic & Art Foundation Billie Milam Weisman Anonymous $10,000 to $24,999 The Apatow-Mann Family Foundation Inc. The Cecile & Fred Bartman Foundation David Bartman The David Bohnett Foundation Judy & Bernard Briskin Charities Aid Foundation Lisbet Rausing & Peter Baldwin Lou Colen The Carol and James Collins Foundation Roy E. Crummer Foundation Dr. Mayer B. Davidson & Roseann Herman, Esq. The Max Factor Family Foundation Gerald J. Factor Max Factor Esther & Steven Feder Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Karine Joret & James Freedman The David Geffen Foundation Varian S & Gwendolyn L Green Fund Christine & Dr. Chester F. Griffiths Louise & Herb Horvitz Foundation Dr. Louise Horvitz The Mark Hughes Foundation International Creative Management Tatiana & Todd James Kaiser Permanente of Southern California Christine & Jordan Kaplan

Sarina & Alan Kaye Deborah Laub Constance Lawton & James Yoder Nuveen Investments Melinda Lerner & John Powell Julie & Dr. Harley Liker Macy’s Foundation The Barry and Wendy Meyer Foundation Greg & Jodi Nathanson Audra & Jeff Nathanson Drs. Charlotte & Alfred Neumann Rebecca Pollack Parker & Hutch Parker R. K. Squire Company The Resnick Family Foundation Blue & Jeffery Resnick Lynda & Stewart Resnick Dr. William Resnick Erich & Martha Schweiger Foundation Ronald Segall David & Judy Shore Foundation Judith & David Shore Lon V. Smith Foundation United Talent Agency Rebecca & Michael E. Vest Marilyn Ziering Diane & Michael L. Ziering Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer & et al LLP Anonymous(3) Permanent Endowments Judy & Bernard Briskin Women’s Health Endowment Irma and Lou Colen Physician Endowment Mose and Sylvia Firestone Social Work Endowment Karsten Family Domestic Violence Endowment Sadie and Norman Lee Teen Clinic Physician Endowment Milken Family Physician Endowment Resnick Family Mental Health Program Endowment Jack H. Skirball Medical Director Endowment Gail and Irv Weintraub Endowment Frederick R. Weisman Psychosocial Services Endowment Ziegler Family Trust Legacy Society Robert C. Aronoff Katherine Bard Irma & Louis Colen Mayer B. Davidson, MD, & Roseann Herman, Esq. Sylvia & Mose Firestone, PhD Patricia & William Flumenbaum Elizabeth & Daniel Forer Elaine Hoffman James H. & Ruth Jacobson Joanne Jubelier, PhD Satish Kadaba, MD Marilyn H. Karsten Amita & Viren Mehta Dr. William Molle, MD Carol Mortier Charlotte Neumann, MD, & Alfred Neumann, MD Janet Papkin Maida Richards Stanley Richards Erich and Martha Schweiger Fern & Robert Seizer Jeffrey Sinaiko Leonard Stone Ina Tillman Beatrice Zeiger Anonymous Please call 310.664.7932 for corrections.

People, Places, and Things

ICFLA’s Dani Rukin (center) presents a check to VFC’s Laney Kapgan and Claudia Krumlauf.

Culver City Councilman Jim Clarke honors Dylan Farris, principal of Culver City High School

As part of the Los Angeles Chapter of the International Coach Federation’s ongoing support of Venice Family Clinic—members host pro-bono career development workshops for Clinic staff—the organization donated all proceeds from its annual holiday dinner raffle in December to Venice Family Clinic, raising nearly $1,000!

On Saturday, March 16, 2013, Friends of the Culver City Youth Health Center held their annual fundraising gala at the Doubletree Hotel in Culver City. The St. Patrick’s Day-themed event honored Culver City High School Principal Dylan Farris and raised critical funds to help Venice Family Clinic provide teen health services to students of Culver City Middle and High Schools.

When Nafiz Cekirge, a partner at Bryan Cave, LLP, crossed the Surf City Half Marathon finish line in February, his triumph was also a fundraising victory for Venice Family Clinic! Thanks to the generous contributions of his friends and family, Cekirge raised over $1,000 and visibility for Venice Family Clinic! He ran a great race and finished with a smile! Thank you!

Venice Family Clinic has partnered with LivnGiv, a new way to dine out and donate to local charities. Select Venice Family Clinic as your cause at, pick from a list of fine Venice restaurants—including Gjelina, Joe’s and Oscar’s Cerveteca—and 20% of your pre-paid purchase will benefit Venice Family Clinic!

On March 29, 2013, Venice Family Clinic supporters gathered at Broadway Art Space in Santa Monica to launch “Women Make the World Go Round,” a two-day exhibit celebrating female artists. The evening kicked off with a VIP reception and wine tasting hosted by Tatiana Botton and her fellow artists who donated 20% of art proceeds and 50% of ticket sales to Venice Family Clinic—raising nearly $6,000!

Team “VFC Pink Gals and Pals” donned their pink and headed to Dodger Stadium on March 23rd to join thousands of breast cancer activists for the annual Susan Komen Race for the Cure 5K run/walk. Joined by their family and friends, the team raised funds and visibility for Venice Family Clinic’s breast cancer screening and diagnostic services, as well as the Clinic’s dental, nutrition and women’s health care programs.

Stay tuned for LA Weekly’s upcoming “People” Issue that will feature a not-to-be-missed interview with staff physician Dr. Coley King! The special annual issue celebrates “the most interesting individuals in Los Angeles” whose influence impacts a wide range of industries in the city— from medicine to architecture. The 2013 “People” Issue will be available on newsstands this summer. 7

Venice Family Clinic is grateful to the generous sponsors of the 2013 Venice Art Walk & Auctions. Media Partners


In Memory of Venice Family Clinic’s Recently Departed Supporters Dr. Leonard Apt, Helen Bolsky, Sylvan “Sy” Bram, Sylvia Brockman, Dr. Jerry Buss, Rita Cooper, Gita Flaum, Bonnie Franklin, Harold Friedman, Joyce Grossman, Goldyne Zimet Hearsh, Marvin Hoffenberg, Herbert Hoffman, Ruth Jacobson, Dr. Irving N. Klitsner, Richard “Dick” Kravitz, Ma rian Mackensen, Lynne Reinschreiber, Milton Sheinbein, M.D., Sylvia Lewis Sher, John Simmons, Carmen H. Warschaw

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Encounters - Spring 2013 | Venice Family Clinic  

Venice Family Clinic's Spring 2013 newsletter featuring Venice Art Walk, Silver Circle Gala, Children First Early Head Start and People, Pla...

Encounters - Spring 2013 | Venice Family Clinic  

Venice Family Clinic's Spring 2013 newsletter featuring Venice Art Walk, Silver Circle Gala, Children First Early Head Start and People, Pla...