FUN. and The Format singer Nate Ruess and comedian Joel McHale entertained the night’s crowd. Ruess sang three songs, including his debut single “Nothing Without Love,” FUN.’s hit “We Are Young” and a cover of one of Mosko’s favorite songs, Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road.”
McHale, who acknowledged the recent canceling of E!’s “The Soup,” incorporated many jokes he deemed “too close to home” which elicited some groans from the crowd. “The Saban Community Clinic gives medical care and assistance to the undocumented and less fortunate, or as Donald Trump refers to them — wall jumpers and wall builders,” McHale said.
“Every year, this organization opens its doors to those in need and provides over 15,000 free showers, which explains the clinic’s motto: ‘Suck it, drought,’” McHale joked.
Mosko took to the stage as the audience gave him a standing ovation, and he expressed gratitude for receiving the Friends of the Saban Community Clinic Leadership Award. He briefly addressed the Nov. 24 anniversary of Sony’s massive data breach, acknowledging how thankful he is for his Sony team. “We’ve been through a lot, and tomorrow marks an anniversary which we’d rather forget,” Mosko said. “The experience that we’ve all gone through together has just made us one amazing team, and I’m proud to be a part of that team.”
|Joel McHale hosts the Saban Community Clinic gala.
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The evening also emphasized the clinic’s dedication to providing medical, dental and behavioral health services for medically-vulnerable and uninsured people in Los Angeles. The clinic saw 100,000 patients last year, and 95 percent of them were living below the poverty level.
Ziering, who’s spent nine years on the clinic board, accepted the Lenny Somberg award. “[The money] provides for the non-reimbursable services, such as health education, case, management, and as mentioned showers at our facilities,” Ziering said.
“My work and my travels and living around the world has reminded me there really is just one simple truth. People no matter where they live, how poor or rich they are, they just want to be treated with respect and they want to get access to health care when they need it,” said Julie Hudman, CEO of the Saban Community Clinic.
The dinner raised $3.2 million, its highest total to date, after The Saban Foundation and Haim and Cheryl Saban matched the $1.6 million in donations from the evening.
(Pictured: Ben Sherwood, David Nevins, Steve Mosko, Richard Weitz and Ted Sarandos at the Saban Community Clinic gala)