Community shows lots of heart

The second annual Shoot for the Stars event on April 27 at Argyle High School featured food, fun, live music, heart screenings, a blood drive and lots of basketball in honor of Alex Betzhold, a popular Argyle seventh-grader who died suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition in January 2012.

The all-day event, which promoted heart health in children and teens, had a great turnout, according to Argyle ISD spokesperson Pam Arrington. Proceeds went towards the Alex Betzhold Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Living for Zachary organization provided over 40 free heart screenings during the day.

Living for Zachary is a nonprofit organization founded by the mother of Zachary Schrah, a 16-year-old who died of undiagnosed heart problems.

Carter Blood Care took blood donations throughout the day from over 35 donors.

Steve Sheridan organized a 3 on 3 basketball tournament and free throw contest in the high school gym while vendors like Minifigs Bricks and More, Games 2U, Atown Apparel, Argyle Civic League, Imagery in Motion Dance, Chasin’ Tail BBQ, Project Graduation 2016, Snappy Snow, AHS UNICEF Club, and others provided food, entertainment, and games all day.

The Ticket’s morning radio show host, George Dunham, spoke at the event and opened up the evening concert which started out with Argyle resident Abby Cone who wrote a song dedicated to Betzhold and ended with Argyle native Zach Nytomt who held a concert featuring songs from his newest CD.

The Dallas Maverick Dancers were also on hand signing autographs.

Arrington said that a big hit at the event was the Hilltop PTA’s dunking booth which gave kids a chance to dunk their favorite teacher, counselor, or administrator from Hilltop Elementary.

“The Betzhold family is very thankful for all of the support and to everyone who attended this event,” said Arrington. “This is an event that will continue throughout the years as a tradition and will bring awareness to heart health in children in teens. It was amazing to see that this cause brought so many people together and made an impact on others lives.”

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