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The Benefit Evening

at UCLA Royce Hall
February 9, 2019 at 8:00 PM


Honorees: Jeff Frost & Dr.Hillel Laks
Honorary Chairs: Judith and David Shore
Event Co-chairs: Margy Rosenbluth and Laura Ozer

SAVE A CHILD’S HEART presents a special benefit evening with world renowned mentalist Lior Suchard. Lior Suchard has traveled the world with his highly successful show where he performs extraordinary displays of telepathy and telekinesis with audience participation. Lior had multiple guest appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Show and has done television appearances with James Corden, Kim Kardashian, Larry King, Zac Efron and many others. He is an incredible showman; his live performance is mind-blowing, hilarious and unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!

 

 

Save A Child's Heart (SACH) is Israel's preeminent humanitarian organization specializing in charitable pediatric cardiac care and providing urgently needed pediatric heart surgery and follow-up care for indigent children from developing countries.

Based in Israel, our mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from countries where the heart surgery they need is unobtainable.

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.

 

 

Lior Suchard

Lior Suchard is considered to be the world’s greatest mentalist. His mind blowing performances of thought influence, miraculous prediction and startling mind reading have made him the most sought after mentalist on the planet. He entertains audiences all over the world, which have brought him a list of fans stretching from A-list Hollywood celebrities to heads of state and notorious businessmen.

Suchard performs his comical and innovative mind reading feats in major international events, and is also wanted in exhibitions and professional conventions of the largest Fortune 500 companies around the world where he created a special concept of “infotainment” where he creates tailor made acts to convey the company’s messages and brand.

 


 

 

Lisa Edelstein: Host

From her role as Dr. Lisa Cuddy on the hit Fox series “House” to her starring role as Abby McCarthy in Bravo’s first scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” Lisa Edelstein’s range of roles are as diverse as her talent.
Edelstein is currently developing a dramedy pilot with Universal Cable based on the book Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Thomas. She has also filmed a recurring role in the Golden Globe, Critics Choice, and AFI-nominated Netflix series “The Kominsky Method,” starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin and created by Chuck Lorre. In addition, she reunited with “House” creator David Shore for an arc on his Emmy-nominated “The Good Doctor.” She co-starred for seven seasons on the medical drama “House,” which became the most watched show in the world and garnered Edelstein the People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Actress. Edelstein resides in Los Angeles in a century old home with her husband artist Robert Russell, two step-sons, and several rescue dogs. She volunteers her time with a variety of charity organizations including Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Planned Parenthood, The Center for Reproductive Rights and she recently hosted the gala for the Anti-Defamation League.

 

 

Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts

The first thing you need to know about Jim Belushi is that he’s a performer. Not an actor, not a comedian, not a singer- but a performer. Which is pretty much all those things put together and multiplied by two or five or something.

The second thing you need to know- and this is in some ways more important than the first thing- is that he has absolutely no shame. None. Zip. Zero.

Add those two things together and you have a pretty good working definition of that most indescribable of qualities known as presence. And, as anyone who’s spent two minutes with the guy knows, Jim’s got it. Big time.

So here’s this guy, this presence, disregarding any and all warning signs and diving into life headfirst. From the live stages of Second City and “Saturday Night Live” to the soundstages of "About Last Night,” "K-9,” "Mr. Destiny,” "Return to Me," ABC TV's long-running comedy series, "According to Jim,” and, most recently, the bright lights of Broadway, he has taken everything life’s thrown at him and hit it out of the park. And, by the way, he's been having a blast.

Speaking of "According to Jim," the hit series happened to be very heavily influenced by the Sacred Hearts. Jim and the boys wrote and recorded the music for the show, and John and Tony were regular members of the cast. Who the hell are John and Tony? We'll get to that later.

So anyway, one day Dan Aykroyd asks him to join the Blues Brothers Band as Brother Zee – a possibly daunting proposition, even for Jim. Sure, he’d been on stage for years, but comedy and theatre are one thing (well, two things) but it’s not like he’d ever fronted a blues band before.

However, in order to be completely shameless, one is required to be completely fearless, which Jim, of course, is. So he takes a beat, looks at Aykroyd and says the same thing he’s been saying all his life."Yeah, what the hell…why not? Sounds like a whole lotta fun!"

So, to get ready to play with the Blues Brothers, Belushi crashes rehearsals of the House of Blues’ own band, The Sacred Hearts. He sits in with the band- laughing, acting, singing, dancing. In a word: performing. It turns out that Jim was right because those rehearsals were "a whole lotta fun." So much fun, in fact, that for the last fifteen years the band has been Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts.

The Sacred Hearts have played for Al Gore, Governor Gray Davis and many other politicos. President Clinton is a really big fan. One of these days he’s going to probably want to sit in (Jim says he’ll consider it). The Sacred Hearts play all the House of Blues venues, casinos, many benefits and hundreds of corporate events for the Fortune 500 companies. Word on the street is if it’s going to be a tough audience, get Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts…the butt hasn’t been born that can stay in a chair through their first set. For those who like their Rhythm & Blues seasoned with a lot ‘o soul with a Memphis sound, but who aren’t on the White House guest list, the music is now available on the band’s first CD, "36 x 22 x 36" and on their most recent release, the soundtrack to “According to Jim.” In 2003 Belushi, with partner Dan Aykroyd, released “Have Love Will Travel: Big Men, Big Music,” which hit number one on the Blues charts.

Belushi sings, talks, flirts (again, completely shameless), dances on tabletops and does at least one back flip every show.

 

 

Freddie Highmore -Presenter

Alfred Thomas "Freddie" Highmore is an English actor. He made his debut in the comedy film Women Talking Dirty (1999). He is known for his starring roles in the films Finding Neverland (2004), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), August Rush (2008) and The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008). He won two consecutive Critics' Choice Movie Awards for Best Young Performer.

Highmore starred as Norman Bates in the drama-thriller series Bates Motel (2013–2017), for which he was nominated three times for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series and won a People's Choice Award. In 2017, Highmore began producing and starring as Dr. Shaun Murphy in the ABC drama series The Good Doctor, for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

 


 

 

Voices of Hope Children’s Choir

Voices of Hope Children’s Choir won over the hearts of viewers across America and the world as Semi-Finalists on America’s Got Talent Season 13. Founded in 2015, Voices of Hope is a non-profit program made up of 100 talented children, ages 5-18, of all backgrounds and levels of experience. In an effort to make music available to all children despite social or economic barriers, this program is entirely tuition free. Singing inspirational music, the goal of the choir is to uplift the spirits of all who listen, to share a message of hope and peace and to learn positive self esteem and teamwork along the way. We hope to change the world one song at a time.



 

 

Honorees: Jeff Frost & Dr.Hillel Laks

Jeff Frost Jeff Frost

Jeff 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.”

Formerly, as executive vice president, U.S. business affairs for SPT, Frost played a lead role in SPT’s overall strategy and negotiations with the studio’s broadcast and production partners and talent, overseeing the studio's U.S. business affairs department, including day to day operations as well as strategic counsel on the company's network, cable and syndicated television productions. Frost managed SPT's negotiations between the studio and its partners at networks and production companies, talent, and other outside companies.

Frost joined SPT in 2008 from ABC Studios, where he served as senior vice president, business affairs for the studio's traditional production arm, as well as their digital media group. Frost joined ABC in 1997 as an attorney in the litigation department and, beginning in 1999, held posts in the legal affairs and business affairs departments for the production company, Touchstone Television, through 2003, when he segued into ABC Cable Networks as senior vice president and head of legal affairs. He rejoined Touchstone Television in 2005 as senior vice president, leading the legal department before taking on his role at SPT in business affairs.

Dr. Hillel Laks Dr. Hillel Laks

Distinguished UCLA Chancellor’s Professor of Surgery, Dr. Hillel Laks is internationally recognized for his pioneering surgical approaches to complex heart disease. A faculty member since 1981, Dr. Laks founded the world renowned UCLA Heart transplant program as well as the Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant program. He initiated the pediatric mechanical assist devise program, and UCLA’s revolutionary alternate-recipient heart transplant program. This program allows older and higher-risk patients who would not qualify for a heart transplant to receive hearts that otherwise would not be used. Over the years Dr. Laks has recruited and supported distingushed faculty, and has trained a generation of surgeons, each of whom has made a significant mark in practice or academics. He has donated his skills and support to children worldwide through humanitarian missions, traveling to Russia, Peru, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and many other contries 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.

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David and Judy Shore - Honorary Chairs

David and Judy Shore David and Judy Shore

Originally from Canada, and a former lawyer, David Shore has been writing and producing 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 and 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. Shore’s additional producer credits include “Sneaky Pete,” “Battle Creek,” “Hack,” “Family Law,” “Beggars and Choosers,” “Law & Order” and “Traders.” He was nominated for two Emmy Awards as a producer on “Law & Order” and was part of the writing team for the Emmy Award-winning first season of “The Practice.” Most recently, Shore received a second Humanitas Prize for the pilot episode of “The Good Doctor.”

David Shore and Judy Shore are on the board of the nonprofit 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. Judy and David were so 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. 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.

 

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