Despite president/CEO Dr. David Tillman’s forced resignation, there has been no reversal of the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s decision 15 months ago to close its long term care hospital and nursing home facility on the Wasserman campus in Woodland Hills. In fact, accusations are flying there has been a reduction in care due to staff cuts. Not only that, but the new CEO Bob Beitcher is still refusing to accept donations specifically earmarked for the long term care facilities.
As a result, there will be another protest rally held outside tonight’s “Night Before” Oscars MPTF fundraiser organized by Jeffrey Katzenberg at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It’s “to remind donors that MPTF leadership adamantly refuses to use proceeds from the lavish annual fundraising event to benefit the nursing home or hospital, despite the MPTF’s claim that lack of funds forces the closure of these vital facilities.”
Tonight’s rally once again is organized by “Saving the Lives of Our Own”, a grass-roots coalition of thousands of family and industry members, healthcare workers and community supporters who will be joined by SAG, DGA, WGA, AFTRA, IATSE and Teamster members. The group also is asking Oscar attendees to wear a gold awareness ribbon to remind MPTF leadership that the community is united in its resolve to take care of its own. The gold color was chosen to recognize that Oscar gold rewards the industry’s finest creative achievements. Awareness ribbons will be available at the rally and will begin to be distributed through Saving the Lives of Our Own. “We believe we can come together with the MPTF to find a common-ground solution to this crisis. Our goal is to keep the Home open now and for generations to come as the gold standard to which we all should aspire, and to preserve and strengthen the MPTF.”
Who: MPTF resident families and supporters, celebrities, members of the entertainment industry, community members and healthcare workers.
Where: Across the street from The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd. at Crescent Dr.
When: Saturday, March 6, 6:00 p.m.
Rain or shine
These two explanatory videos were released in time for the rally: