SAVE A CHILD’S HEART PRESENTS “MYSTERY OF THE HEART” GALA

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, AT UCLA ROYCE HALL

Honorees: Dr. Hillel Laks and Jeff Frost

Presenters:  Freddie Highmore, Lisa Edelstein (Host) and many others

Performing: Lior Suchard, Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts Band,
Voices of Hope Children’s Choir
and others

Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) presents “Mystery of the Heart,”a benefit evening featuring world-renowned Israeli mentalist and incredible performer Lior Suchard, with special guest star Freddie Highmore (“The Good Doctor,” “Bates Motel,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”), exciting musical performances and special celebrities. Save a Child’s Heart treats children with little chance of surviving to adulthood without lifesaving medical care, and does so without regard to race, religion or ethnicity.

Save A Child’s Heart (SACH) is Israel’s preeminent humanitarian organization specializing in charitable pediatric cardiac care and from the money raised will provide urgently needed pediatric heart surgery and follow-up care for indigent children from developing countries where the heart surgery they need is unobtainable.

The SACH Lifetime Professional Achievement Award will be presented to distinguished UCLA Chancellor’s Professor of Surgery Dr. Hillel Laks. Dr. Laks is internationally recognized for his pioneering surgical approaches to complex heart disease. He has donated his skills and support to children worldwide through humanitarian missions, traveling to Russia, Peru, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and many other countries to perform complex heart surgeries. Dr. Laks, actively involved with Save a Child’s Heart, will be participating in an upcoming international medical mission and additional SACH professional projects.

Jeff Frost is receiving the SACH International Humanitarian Achievement Award. Frost serves as president of Sony Pictures Television Studios, overseeing all U.S. production and programming for Sony Pictures Television (SPT). Current productions include “The Good Doctor,” “The Blacklist,” “The Goldbergs,” “Outlander,” and “Sneaky Pete.” Jeff Frost has been a friend and supporter of “The Good Doctor.” Sony has a vision and Jeff Frost personifies it.  Viewers from all over the world are entertained and changed by the Sony shows. Jeff is also involved with Mending Kids, a non-profit that his wife Lesley chairs. His contributions led to a medical mission to Africa, healing children from life-threatening illnesses. And of course we are grateful for his support of Save A Child’s Heart.

David and Judy Shore are devoted to SACH and the children the foundation has helped. Originally from Canada, and a former lawyer, David Shore has been writing and producing for television for more than 20 years. He currently serves as executive producer and showrunner on the hit ABC drama “The Good Doctor.” Prior to that, he created the groundbreaking medical drama “House,” which ran on Fox for eight seasons. Shore’s work on “House” earned him several Emmy nominations for producing. He won the Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series” as well as the Humanitas Prize and the Writers Guild of America Award.

David and Judy Shore are on the board of Save a Child’s Heart. Judy is the national co-chair. They fell in love with the organization when they were touring Israel with the cast from “House” several years ago. “The trip organizers took us to the hub of Save A Child’s Heart at the Wolfson Hospital in Holon, where doctors volunteer their time and perform lifesaving heart surgery on children from developing countries, including the Palestinian territories,” said Shore. Judy and David were surprised and moved by what they saw and couldn’t wait to get home and tell people all about it. “It’s a hidden gem,” says Shore. “In the waiting room we saw Arab parents alongside Israeli parents alongside African parents. No one cared about politics, or cultural or ethnic differences. All these parents wanted was for their children to be cured, to live a long life. We loved what we saw. This incredible melting pot of people; it was a mini UN. We see these children, their parents and doctors as doves of peace.”

In addition to honorees, Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts Band and “America’s Got Talent” semifinalists Voices of Hope Children’s Choir will perform.

Hosting the event is Lisa Edelstein(“House,” “The Good Doctor,” “The Kominsky Method”).

UCLA Royce Hall

340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095 

For more information and tickets, please visit: SACHLA.ORG.

About Save A Child’s Heart (SACH)

Every 29 hours, our doctors save a child’s life in our medical facilities in Israel, or on medical missions in partner countries around the world.Thousands of children from poor families around the world are alive today because of a small group of medical professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to perform life-saving cardiac surgery and train local medical personnel. All children, regardless of race, religion, sex, color, or financial status receive the best possible care that modern medicine has to offer. SACH saves children with congenital heart defects, who have almost no chance of surviving to adulthood in their native countries, and saves their lives with no political, cultural, religious, or racial preference whatsoever.

Save A Child’s Heart also works to multiply the effectiveness of its resources outside of Israel by training medical personnel from developing countries. The ultimate goal of SACH is actually to create “Centers of Competence” around the world, which will enable local medical personnel to provide these life-saving services on their own. This is a full outreach training program that brings doctors and nurses to the SACH center for in-depth, postgraduate training; it also sends staff overseas to provide this education to local medical professionals, as well as to perform surgeries side-by-side with them. Until our ultimate goal is achieved, children with congenital heart defects will continue to be brought to Israel for surgery and other cardiac care. More than 4000 children from more than fifty countries have already been saved directly by SACH personnel, while thousands more are receiving the life-saving treatments they need from local personnel who were previously trained by SACH. We have trained Tanzania’s first pediatric cardiac surgeon, and we are in the process of training Ethiopia’s first pediatric cardiac surgeon. Construction has begun on a new Children’s Hospital at the Wolfson Medical Center that will house the Middle East’s first international pediatric cardiac care center.