Surprise Outcome at Venice Family Clinic's Silver Circle Gala

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March 28, 2018

Funny Or Die and Between Two Ferns receive Humanitarian Award….but give it away 



During a rousing evening at the Beverly Hilton, Sarah Silverman presented Venice Family Clinic’s 2018 Humanitarian Award to Funny Or Die and Between Two Ferns for their collaboration to promote the Affordable Care Act and use their comedy platform to bring attention to important social issues. The team took the stage and surprised everyone when they gave the award to Venice Family Clinic’s Dr. Karen Lamp—who they called the true humanitarian for her 30 year career at the Clinic. Zach Galifianakis interviewed Dr. Lamp during a live, impromptu and classically irreverent version of Between Two Ferns: “Don’t be an entertainer, don’t follow Hollywood dreams, be like this lady…I forgot her name already…Dr. Karen Lamp.” 

This year’s Silver Circle has already raised over $1.5 million thanks to the Clinic’s generous community of supporters. You can read more about the gala, which also included the presentation of the Irma Colen Leadership Award to Joan E. Herman, in The Hollywood Reporter

Meet the New Humanitarian Award Winner


Dr. Karen Lamp was the third physician hired at Venice Family Clinic in 1988. She has previously served as Medical Director and currently serves as the Associate Medical Director and director of the women’s health program. Because of Karen’s leadership and her compassion as a physician, Venice Family Clinic continues to be able to provide more services and higher quality services. Despite her numerous responsibilities, Dr. Karen Lamp always makes time to see patients, maintaining relationships with the same patients and families she has seen for years. Her staff sees her as more than just a supervisor, but as a mentor. 

Among her too-many-to-name accomplishments, Dr. Lamp led the team that created the groundbreaking SUMMIT program which improves substance use treatment by integrating it with primary care. Watch this video to learn more about how this important program changes lives. 

Silver Circle is Venice Family Clinic’s premier donor group, made up of LA’s biggest champions of low-income people in need of health care. Thank you to everyone who has made a gift to help advance our mission. If you’re not already a member, it’s not too late to join us and become a part of this community that cares

Erin Harnisch, Title Event Director
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