DUNWOODY, Ga. — Children and teens gathered at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta on Aug. 17 for the 3rd annual Play Your Heart Out, a fundraiser for children with heart disease.
At the fundraising sporting event, rising 7th to 12th grade students played in a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a mixed double tennis tournament and spin class, with giveaways throughout the event.
Entrance fees and additional fundraising go to benefit Save A Child’s Heart (SACH), an Israeli-based international humanitarian charity that provides life-saving heart treatment and follow-up care for children from developing countries with congenital and rheumatic heart disease.
This year, the event raised $37,000 through ticket sales, donations and raffle prize giveaways from local businesses. The event has raised nearly $190,000 over three years.
Every $15,000 saves a child’s life through SACH; $10,000 covers the medical costs plus $5,000 for airfare and lodging for a child and parent. Globally, SACH has treated 4,900 children from 57 countries.