On Monday, the Venice Family Clinic announced that Palisades Producer Chuck Lorre donated $7 million to the clinic. The Clinic, in a press release, said it will use the money to modernize its clinic site on Rose Avenue in Venice.
This gift is the largest single donation to the Clinic and will allow the nonprofit to add team spaces for Clinic staff, and will provide patients with easier access to services, including a ground floor pharmacy, and a community room for fitness classes and counseling groups. The site will also have counseling rooms for visits with mental health therapists, case managers and health educators.
Over the past 20 years, Lorre and his family foundation have contributed more than $17 million to fund the renovations and operations at another clinical site in Venice, the Robert Levine Family Health Center, which is named in honor of Mr. Lorre’s father.
In 2020, Lorre provided a special $1 million gift in honor of Venice Family Clinic’s 50th anniversary and to rally other contributions to support COVID-19 response efforts early in the pandemic.
“Quality health care, provided with compassion and dignity, has been the operating principle of Venice Family Clinic since its inception. For that reason, I am honored to play a part in the renovation efforts for the iconic Rose Avenue site, and confident that the Clinic will continue to be an oasis of hope for generations to come,” Lorre said.
After receiving the $7 million donation the Venice Family Clinic CEO Elizabeth Benson Forer said, “The renovation of our Rose Avenue site is a critical project ensuring that we can provide greater access to health care for our community members who are most vulnerable.”
In April 2020, The Los Angeles Unified School District received a $250,000 grant from Lorre for its Grab & Go food centers that provided meals to families during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Then Lorre said, “The fact that more than 13 million meals have been served to students and their families by LAUSD is both staggering and inspiring.”
Lorre is known for his many sitcoms, including “Grace Under Fire,” “Cybill,” “Dharma & Greg,” “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Mike & Molly,” “Young Sheldon” and “The Kominsky Method.”
He has struggled with an autoimmune disease as well as depression and rage. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said, “I am wired on some deep level to seek out something to be worried and obsess about.”
Lorre is also known for his vanity cards. A vanity card is a full-screen production company credit that airs for one second at the end of a TV show. At the Chuck Lorre Productions Official Vanity Card Archive, Lorre explains that the credit is BS and “The actual producer of every network TV show is a large corporation that risks capital in development costs and deficit financing so that, in success, it can steal money from profit participants (i.e., schmucks with vanity cards).” (See a sample of card below or visit: chucklorre.com)
1992 “Frannie’s Turn” was canceled after just six episodes.
1993-1998 “Grace Under Fire”
1997-2002 “Dharma & Greg”
2003-2015 “Two and a Half Men”
2007-2019 “The Big Bang Theory”
2010-2016 “Mike & Molly”
2017-present “Young Sheldon”
2018-2021 “The Kominsky Method”
2019-present “Bob Hearts Abishola”
2020-present “B Positive”
2021-present “United States of Al”