Posted: Friday, June 9, 2017 – 10:10 PM
Teen Line, the ground-breaking teen-to-teen support hotline, honored Sarah Shindler and her family with the Family Advocacy Award at the Food for Thought luncheon, held in the Beverly Hilton.
Executive Director Michelle Carlson welcomed more than 350 guests and thanked sponsors, donors, board members, staff, Cedars-Sinai and Didi Hirsch for their support. She then introduced host Katie Lowes from ABC-TV’s Scandal, who presented awards to teen volunteers: Naomi Perez, Dylan Brenner, Natalie Musicant, Elliot Snow, Tommy Attwood, Eshanika Chaudhary, Joy Flournoy, Molly Cody, Audrey Kotick, Laura Lopez, Claudia Montaner, Alexa Nourafchan, Max Kopelow, Seungil Lee and Isabella Sarnoff.
Sarah Shindler joined Teen Line in the 10th grade and will be graduating this year. She has been accepted to George Washington University and will begin in the fall. She credits her parents for their support and dedication to the Teen Line program. “I know even as I go to college and my parents have an empty nest, Teen Line will always be a part of our family, no matter where we are and what we are doing,” Shindler said.
Teen Line receives more than 17,000 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 44,000 participants annually attend Teen Line events at schools and community forums.
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Some 225 supporters celebrated with the Luminaires’ Founder Chapter, a volunteer support group of the Doheny Eye Institute, at its 42nd annual benefit, a”Symphony of Fashions” in the the Millennium Biltmore downtown. Coordinated by Barbara Nielsen, there was a fashion showing of designs by L.A.-based Lourdis Chavez.
The Doheny Eye Institute was founded by Beverly Hills resident Estelle Doheny in 1947. That year it became affiliated with USC and, more recently, joined forces with UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute, united to improve patient access to leading vision specialists. The combination is now ranked among the top five ophthalmology programs in the nation.