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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.
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BUSINESS
July 7, 1998
Vital Options, the national cancer support and communications organization, has secured pharmaceutical giant Pharmacia & Upjohn as a corporate sponsor and hired a new public affairs director. Sherman Oaks-based Vital Options, a national clearinghouse for cancer information and support services, will use the new public affairs director, Eric T. Rosenthal, to serve as a liaison with other cancer centers nationwide.
NEWS
November 12, 1991 | SHARI ROAN
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.
NEWS
April 30, 1991 | BILL HIGGINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
NEWS
May 16, 1993 | BEA MAXWELL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2000 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1993 | JANE MAYER, Jane Mayer is a free - lance writer who lives in the San Fernando Valley
I read with dismay that Vital Options, a Valley-based organization for cancer victims between 17 and 40 years old, has shut down most of its seven branches. I fear this is just the first of many charities that will discover the cold winds of fear blowing donations toward AIDS-related causes. As a cancer patient, I feel a certain (probably selfish) resentment toward the glitzy parties and star-studded galas devoted to AIDS.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2005 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Rabbi Meier Schimmel, who founded one of the San Fernando Valley's oldest Orthodox synagogues, has died. He was 89. Schimmel died Friday of natural causes at the Encino home of his daughter Debby Bitticks, surrounded by family members, said his daughter Selma Schimmel. In 1957, Schimmel and his wife, Rochelle, who died in 1981, formed the nucleus of their future Studio City synagogue by inviting a few devoted Orthodox Jews to their home for Friday night Shabbat services. On Dec.
NEWS
February 5, 1993 | BEA MAXWELL
Weizmann Institute of Science raised more than $600,000 at its Jan. 13 gala at the Century Plaza. Billy Crystal was the evening's honoree. Proceeds will provide ongoing research at the center for scientific research and graduate studies in Rehobot, Israel. * Hollenbeck Youth Center raised $10,000 at its kick-off event for the 1993 Salute to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Jan. 13 event, held at the Stadium Club at Dodgers Stadium, featured an exclusive autographed sports memorabilia auction.
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