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Gift of Life Gala

The Field Museum of Natural History, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, Illinois 60605

Saturday, November 14, 2015

1985 - A gallon of gas is $1.09. Microsoft releases the first version of Windows. The 1912 wreck of the RMS Titanic is located. Mike Ditka leads the Chicago Bears to a record-breaking football season that concludes with a win at Super Bowl XX and the infamous Super Bowl Shuffle. Coca-Cola unveils and subsequently withdraws New Coke. Elmo makes his Sesame Street debut. "We Are the World" is recorded by USA for Africa. And the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ Gift of Life Gala is born.

We are excited to celebrate the 30th Annual Gift of Life Gala at the Field Museum of Natural History. Enjoy a cocktail reception, auctions, gourmet dinner, dancing and live entertainment at the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ premier black-tie evening.

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.

Purchase an individual ticket, or reserve a full table today.

To see photos from last year's event, please visit our Flickr Page.

For more information, please contact Petra Seitz at (312) 321-1500 or pseitz@nkfi.org.

2015 Honoree

As we embark upon the 30th Annual Gift of Life Gala, we celebrate the incredible advancements made since 1985 in the fields of kidney disease and transplantation. We commemorate the ultimate gift of life, and the advances made by physicians, researchers, advocates, and our community as a whole.

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.

 

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 co-worker by purchasing an ad in this year’s 30th Annual Gift of Life Gala Tribute Book. Either send us an ad or we will work with you to create one. Your ad will then be included in the Tribute Book, which is distributed at the gala on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

To purchase an ad, click here or call (312) 321-1500. Once payment has been made online or over the phone, please submit your ad per the below specifications by email to Petra Seitz at pseitz@nkfi.org. Please note that all ad submissions must be received by Wednesday, October 28, 2015.
 

Full Page
$500

  • One full page, black and white ad in the Tribute Book, distributed to guests at the gala
  • Please provide a 5.25” (width) x 8.25” (height) high resolution ad in JPEG or PNG format by 10/28/2015

Half Page
$250

  • One half page, black and white ad in the Tribute Book, distributed to guests at the gala
  • Please provide a 5.25” (width) x 4” (height) high resolution ad in JPEG or PNG format by 10/28/2015

One Line
$100

  • One line of text in the Tribute Book, distributed to guests at the gala
  • Please provide one line of text by 10/28/2015

Committee Members

Thank you to our 2015 Gala Committee Members

Leilanii Mesa Ellis, William Blair & Company, Chair

Charlotte Chapple, Associates in Nephrology
Ingrid H. Deroubaix, Fifth Third Bank
Meg Gilbert
Tara Goff Kamradt, McDonald Hopkins
Craig B. Langman, MD, Northwestern University
Melissa Prest, MS, RDN, CSR, LDN, Fresenius Medical Care
Jill Schaaf, Baxter
Matt Schwartz, UBS Financial Solutions
Timothy Whiting, Whiting Law Group, Ltd.

Sponsors

30th Anniversary Presenting Sponsor


 

Platinum Sponsor

Joan & Paul Rubschlager

 

Gold Sponsor


 

Silver Sponsor

        
 

Table Sponsors

FGMK, LLCFresenius Medical Care • Heather Gardner • Northwestern Comprehensive Transplant Center • Judy & Mark Schwartz
Whiting Law Group, Ltd. • William Blair & Company

For information on sponsoring the 30th Annual Gift of Life Gala, please call (312) 321-1500, or click here for more details.
 


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