UCSF Children's Hospital, hospice to benefit from film screening

By Phyllis Brown

UCSF Children’s Hospital and George Mark Children’s House residential hospice will each benefit from an advance screening of the live-action remake of E.B. White’s classic novel “Charlotte’s Web,” starring Dakota Fanning as Fern with Julia Roberts providing the voice of Charlotte the spider, next Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The event will be held on at 7 p.m. at the Loews Metreon Theater at Fourth and Mission Streets in San Francisco. Tickets will be $150 for adults and $75 for children. Ticket purchases are tax deductible. Tickets to the screening can be purchased by contacting Kelley O’Brien at 415-353-9394 or [email protected] The screening is a partnership between Paramount Pictures, Kerner Entertainment, UCSF Children’s Hospital and the George Mark hospice program.

“These charitable organizations are the leaders in direct services and advocacy for seriously ill children and their families,” said Roxanne Fernandes, executive director of UCSF Children’s Hospital. “We are delighted that this screening can help these amazing organizations, which do such important work in the Bay Area.”

“Charlotte’s Web” tells the enduring story of Wilbur the pig, who is saved from becoming a ham through the wisdom and creativity of the crafty Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. The film will be released to the general public on December 15. A portion of the seating at the event will be made available to families and children who benefit from the hospital and hospice’s services.

One of the nation’s top children’s hospitals, UCSF Children’s Hospital creates an environment where children and their families find compassionate care at the healing edge of scientific discovery, with more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond. Proceeds from the event will support the hospital’s medical services. George Mark Children’s House offers high-quality respite care to allow families a break from home care, with services including end-of-life care in a supportive, home-like setting where a child may spend his or her last days, and transitional support between the hospital and home.

UCSF is a leading university that consistently defines health care worldwide by conducting advanced biomedical research, educating graduate students in the health professions and life sciences, and providing complex patient care.