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Gift of Life Gala

Loews Chicago Hotel, 455 N Park Dr.
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Saturday, November 12, 2016

We hope to see you at the 31st Annual Gift of Life Gala to be held on November 12, 2016 at the Loews Chicago Hotel.

Our emcee for the evening will be Rob Johnson, weekday anchor of the CBS 2 Chicago evening newscast. During his career, Rob has been at the scene of other major news stories including Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Hurricane Andrew, the Centennial Park Bombing during the Atlanta Olympics, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in Houston, and 2000 Florida vote recount. Rob has also covered Papal visits to Denver and St. Louis, and has reported from the countries of Haiti, Mexico, Honduras, and Germany, traveling with then-Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn’s as he visited with Wounded servicemen and women.

 

Proceeds raised from the evening will go directly to support the crucial programs and services provided by the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois - programs that help people affected by or at-risk for kidney disease throughout Illinois. Your generosity and support of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is what makes these programs possible.

For more information, please contact Olivia Moore at (312) 321-1500 or omoore@nkfi.org.

Date & Time

Saturday, November 12, 2016

6:30pm Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
8:00pm Program, Dinner and Dancing

Emcee Rob Johnson, CBS 2 Chicago Anchor
Entertainment by Park Avenue Orchestra

Black Tie

Location

Loews Chicago Hotel
455 N Park Dr.
Chicago, IL 60611

Click here for directions to the Loews Chicago Hotel

Valet parking is $28 at the Loews Chicago Hotel.

Raffle

Purchase a 50/50 raffle ticket for your chance to win cash! $100 per ticket, winner to split the pot. Need not be present to win.

Purchase a Raffle Ticket

Winner will be determined in a random drawing to be held November 12th, 2016 at the 31st Annual Gift of Life Gala. Winners
need not be present to win and will be notified. Attendance at the Gift of Life Gala is voluntary and is not a requirement to win.
Participants must be 18 years or older. Winner will be subject to all IRS rules and regulations regarding gambling winnings:
Winners of prizes over $600 will receive a W-2G form from the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. Winners of prizes
greater than $5,000 will have federal income tax of 25% withheld from their proceeds in accordance with IRS guidelines and
regulations. The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois assumes no liability of any nature for any property loss or damage,
personal injury or death occurring in connection with any prize. Prizes are non-transferable and any taxes or consumer-related
charges are the sole responsibility of the prizewinner. No portion of the cost of this raffle ticket is tax deductible.

2016 Honorees

31st Annual Gift of Life Award
Infórmate

Informate.org was born out of necessity. There was a lack of critical, easily accessible information on living kidney donation for the Latino community, and as such, traditional myths and misconceptions have impeded people’s decisions to become living donors. Launched in the summer of 2015, this culturally sensitive website is a product of collaboration between teams at Northwestern University and the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois and continues to educate thousands of people on the benefits and risks of living donation. Living donation is the truest gift of life and we proudly honor informate.org with the 31st Annual Gift of Life Award.

Harold & Molly Schwartz Founders Award
Tipu Puri, MD, PhD

Tipu Puri, MD, PhD, Associate Professor at the University of Chicago, has been an ardent supporter of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois throughout his career. In 2006, Dr. Puri was awarded a Young Investigator grant from the foundation and since his introduction to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, Dr. Puri has dedicated his time and expertise, steering the foundation programmatically as Chair of the Professional Advisory Board, volunteering countless hours at KidneyMobile® screenings and patient programs, as well as serving as a counsel for complex medical questions. Dr. Puri exemplifies the spirit in which the Harold & Molly Schwartz Founders Award was established.

Tribute Book

Why does the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois matter to you?

Do you have kidney disease? Have you donated or received a kidney? Do you work in the field of nephrology? Does a loved one battle kidney disease? Does your employer help those with kidney disease? We invite you to honor or memorialize a loved one, physician, company or coworker by purchasing an ad in this year’s 31st Annual Gift of Life Gala Tribute Book, distributed on the evening of the Gift of Life Gala to each attendee.

Ads should be provided by the sponsoring company or individual as a high resolution PDF, JPEG or PNG file by 10/21/2016. If assistance is needed to design your ad, please let us know at your earliest convenience.

Full Page
$500

  • One full page, black and white ad in the Tribute Book, distributed to guests at the gala
  • Please provide a 5.5” (width) x 8.5” (height) high resolution ad in PDF, JPEG or PNG format by 10/21/2016

Half Page
$250

  • One half page, black and white ad in the Tribute Book, distributed to guests at the gala
  • Please provide a 5.5” (width) x 4.25” (height) high resolution ad in PDF, JPEG or PNG format by 10/21/2016

One Line
$100

  • One line of text in the Tribute Book, distributed to guests at the gala
  • Please provide one line of text by 10/21/2016

Purchase an Ad

To purchase your ad over the phone, please call (312) 321-1500.

Once payment has been made, please submit your ad per the specifications above to Olivia Moore at omoore@nkfi.org. All submissions must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 21, 2016.

Committee

Thank you to our 2016 Gala Committee Members

Tara Goff Kamradt, McDonald Hopkins, Gala Chair
Arthur Morris, MD, NANI, Gala Chair

Maggie Coleman, Jones Lang LaSalle
Brianna Flores, Illinois Transplant Fund
Meredith Kirshenbaum, Goldberg Kohn
Craig Langman, MD, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Claire Pries, University of Chicago Medicine
Jill M. Schaaf
Emily Schwartz
Judy Schwartz
Mark Schwartz, Morgan Stanley
Matt Schwartz, Morgan Stanley
Susan Sullivan, Mercer
Tim Whiting, Whiting Law Group
Sarah Willett, MB Financial Bank
Christen Woods, Keller Williams Realty

Sponsors


Platinum Sponsor

Joan and Paul Rubschlager

 

Gold Sponsors

                            

 

                          

 

Silver Sponsors

          

 

Dr. Stephen Jensik and Ms. Nancy Ebert


 

Table Sponsors

FGMK, LLC • Fresenius Kidney Care • Meg and Matthew Gilbert • Hand & Stone - Chicago South Loop • Morgan Stanley • NorthShore University HealthSystem, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension • Northwestern Comprehensive Transplant Center • NxStage Medical Inc. • Relypsa • Satellite Healthcare – WellBound of Evanston • Jill M. Schaaf • Judy and Mark Schwartz • Southwest Nephrology Associates • Dr. Lynne Tylke and Dr. Craig Langman • The University of Chicago Nephrology • UI Health Department of Nephrology and Transplant • Whiting Law Group, LTD

 

For information on sponsoring the 31st Annual Gift of Life Gala, please contact Olivia Moore at (312) 321-1500 or omoore@nkfi.org

30th Annual Gift of Life Gala

Thanks to the incredible generosity of the 30th Annual Gift of Life Gala sponsors and attendees, last year’s event was the most successful to date, raising an outstanding $381,000 to support the critical programs and services offered by the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.
 

2015 Honoree

30th Annual Gift of Life Award
Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network

Since 1986, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network has been providing the gift of life to people throughout Illinois, working with hospitals and advocates to save and enhance the lives of as many people as possible through organ and tissue donation.

Kevin Cmunt, President/CEO of Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, recently named himself one of the ‘crazy ones’ who thinks the wait list for organ donations can end. This claim is backed by remarkable advancements in the past years of the organization’s research studies and community affairs projects.

Gift of Hope, recipient of the 30th Annual Gift of Life Award and Presenting Sponsor of the 30th Annual Gift of Life Gala, is the organ procurement organization (OPO) that serves Illinois and northwestern Indiana. Gift of Hope fulfills three purposes in its service area: the deliverance of public education, management of the deaths and imminent deaths that occur in the 185 hospitals in its service area, and placement of organs with proper recipients. In short: they work to save and enhance the lives of as many people as possible through organ and tissue donation. Click here to keep reading.
 


Photos from the event are now available here to download or view online. Special thanks to Andre LaCour and his team for photographing the evening, generously donating their time and talents


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