September 6, 2012 Comments (0) Views: 4082 GFR Photo Essay

Heart & Soul Un-Gala

By: Rebecca Feigelsohn

Save A Child’s Heart (SACH) is the Israeli-based international organization that provides free, life-saving heart surgery for children throughout the developing world, including Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The organization also trains medical personnel from those nations in order for them to become self-sufficient. On Wednesday September 5th, SACH Canada hosted the Heart & Soul Un-Gala at The Drake Hotel and raised over $430,000 during the evening. Stephen Diamond, the Master of Ceremonies, spoke about the amazing achievements the organization had accomplished over the last 16 years, including the 2988 children that have received life-saving heart surgery under the SACH program.

Also in attendance were a dozen volunteers who had visited the SACH house in Israel; they provided personal anecdotes and photographs of the children that were touching and gave supporters first-hand knowledge of where their funds are going. One volunteer, Kim, known by many as a SACH all-star, had visited the house 7 times to offer care and friendship to children who had undergone heart surgery; she formed long-lasting bonds with children from all over the world.

In addition to the wonderful photographs, speakers and live music at the event, the food, which was catered by The Drake, was outstanding. Guests were treated to a surfeit of cuisine – an antipasti station, a sushi bar, pass around hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet taco grille, and a barbecue pit. To put a sweet finish on the evening, mini cupcakes donated by Bite Me Bakery were served and a fire pit was set up for s’mores. Guests also left with coffee and tea to-go, donated by The Mad Bean and NourishTea, along with a package of Drake mini chocolate chunk cookies.

The Un-Gala was an unparalleled success that provided guests with the opportunity to eat delicious food, drink refreshing cocktails, and give back to an amazing cause all at the same time.

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For more information about Save A Child’s Heart and how to donate, visit saveachildsheart.ca

  • Rooftop Sky Yard
  • BBQ Chicken Skewer
  • Pesto, Potato, Parmesan Flatbread
  • Coleslaw, Cheddar + Jalapeño cornbread and fried onions
  • S'mores station: SOMA Dark Chocolate, Graham Crackers and Marshmallows
  • Gourmet Taco Grille
  • Antipasti Bar
  • Lamb chops with cucumber mint yoghurt
  • Classic Drake Burger: Cumbrae's beef, aged cheddar and caramelized onion
  • Raw Bar: Assorted Maki Rolls
  • Save A Child's Heart photograph
  • DIY Shrimp taco
  • Frites
  • Gourmet herbed popcorn
  • Mini Cupcakes donated from Bite Me Bakery
  • Heart & Soul Un-Gala
  • Seared tuna on a chip with pine nuts and thai mayo
  • Shrimp and chive dumplings
  • Guests making s'mores
  • Simmered brisket and Portobello mushrooms
  • Live entertainment
  • Coffee and Tea station donated by The Mad Bean and NourishTea
  • Opening Band
  • Guests enjoying the musical entertainment

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