CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1993
Vital Options, a nonprofit support organization for young adults with cancer, will cease operations Friday because of insufficient operating funds, executive director Selma Schimmel announced. Since 1983, the Studio City-based organization has provided emotional, psychological and educational services for people ages 17 to 40 with cancer, the only agency strictly devoted to issues facing young adults stricken with the disease.
November 12, 1991 |
It was loneliness that drove Selma Schimmel to establish Vital Options, a Studio City-based support group for people with cancer. In the months after her treatment for breast cancer, Schimmel seemed alone in her struggle to recover. But in fact, as she now knows, many cancer patients shared her fears and experiences. Her organization helps cancer patients, ages 17 to 40, deal with the myriad social and economic problems that often accompany the disease.
April 30, 1991 |
It was easy to see Vital Options was honoring a friend when it gave Jill Eikenberry the second annual Vital Spirit award at the Beverly Hilton's Grand Ballroom Sunday night. Some fund-raising dinners have all the personal warmth of prime rib special night at the Sizzler--a large crowd eating the same dinner in the same room. But, besides raising $80,000, this was a black-tie affair with genuine enthusiasm. "It's our love letter to Jill," said board chairman Dr. Michael Van Scoy-Mosher.
May 16, 1993 |
The Salvation Army's "Happy Trails to You" benefit gala honoring Roy Rogers and Dale Evans on April 29 at the Universal Hilton netted $150,000. Proceeds will go to the new Hollywood Youth Shelter and Youth Center. (Groundbreaking is scheduled for July 15.) In addition, the Weingart Foundation has donated $2 million to the project.
July 15, 2000 |
Swirling across a small carpeted stage at the Skirball Cultural Center on Thursday, Marla Bingham danced with such a powerful expressive focus, and such unerring technical surety, that it became hard to believe that this locally based ballet choreographer and teacher was making up her solo moment by moment.