Health Happenings—Chamber, Cedars Set Blood Drive Monday, Teen Line Luncheon Honors Shindler Family | BH Courier

Health Happenings—Chamber, Cedars Set Blood Drive Monday, Teen Line Luncheon Honors Shindler Family

Katie Lowes
Katie Lowes

Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 – 10:33 PM

Beverly Hills Chamber Hosts First Blood Drive To Help Cedars-Sinai Patients

Cedars-Sinai and the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce will host a blood drive to benefit the hospital from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, May 15 at the chamber offices, 9400 Santa Monica Blvd, second floor.

This is the first blood drive for the organization. “Giving blood is one of the most generous gifts one can give,” says Todd Johnson, president/CEO of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce. “The Beverly Hills community is known for generous residents and donating blood is one more way for them to show their generous and kind community spirit.”

Cedars-Sinai Blood Donor Services has served the community for more than 40 years. Every year, more than 30,000 units of red blood cells, 7,000 units of platelets and 11,000 units of plasma are transfused at Cedars-Sinai, said Ellen Klapper, MD, medical director of Transfusion Medicine. “Those lifesaving blood products come from donors who give of their time and blood mostly for patients unknown to them,” Klapper said. “It’s a way for grateful families, former patients and local residents to help save lives and show support for those in need.”

Sign up online at to donate. For more information, call 310-423-3530 or email Donors should bring a photo ID.

Tour De Pier To Raise Funds For Pancreatic Cancer Research

The fifth annual Tour de Pier, an outdoor stationary cycling fundraiser benefiting the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach and the Uncle Kory Foundation will be from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sunday, May 21 at Manhattan Beach Pier & Strand, 2 Manhattan Beach Blvd.

Nearly 1n500 cyclists will be riding on 350 stationary bikes in an effort to raise money for cancer research.

Although all bikes are sold, the Tour de Pier is open to the public, so the community can attend, cheer on riders and meet celebrity attendees including: Steve Nash (two time NBA MVP/former L.A. Laker), Clay Helton (head coach of USC football), Jim Mora (UCLA football coach), Deb Carson (Fox Sports News radio anchor), Chris McGee (sports broadcaster, Time Warner Sportsnet), Rob Stone (host, Fox Sports 1), Tony Cruz (Olympic cyclist), Adam Krikorian (two time Gold Medal USA women’s water polo coach), Dolvett Quince (The Biggest Loser featured trainer and New York Times bestseller), Dr. Kristi Funk (television personality and surgical breast specialist who treated Angelina Jolie and Sheryl Crow).

Donations will also be accepted. For more information, visit

Teen Line To Honor Sarah Shindler Family At ‘Food For Thought’ Luncheon, Actress Katie Lowes To Host

Actress Katie Lowes (Scandal) will host the Cedars-Sinai Teen Line “Food For Thought” annual luncheon, at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, May 25 at The Beverly Hilton.

Teen Line volunteer Sarah Shindler and her parents will receive the 2017 Family Advocacy Award. Sarah joined Teen Line in 10th grade and will graduate this year. She has been accepted to George Washington University and will begin in the fall.

Also being honored at the luncheon: Naomi Perez will receive the Teen Hero Award; Dylan Brenner and Natalie Musicant will receive Outstanding Listener Awards; Elliot Snow will receive the Advocacy Award; Tommy Attwood, Eshanika Chaudhary and Joy Flournoy will receive Teen Voice Awards; Molly Cody, Audrey Kotick, Laura Lopez, Claudia Montaner, Alexa Nourafchan, Max Kopelow, Seungil Lee and Isabella Sarnoff will receive Distinguished Service Awards.

Teen Line receives more than 15,000 calls, texts and emails each year, providing a safety net for teenagers dealing with troubled relationships; verbal, emotional or physical abuse; substance abuse, suicide, peer pressure, cyber bullying and other challenges. In addition, more than 25,000 participants annually attend Teen Line events at schools and community forums.

A boutique opens before the luncheon at 10 a.m, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Teen Line.

Sponsorships begin at $1,000; individual tickets, $150.

For more information, email or visit