Saturday, November 14, 2015
Thanks to the incredible generosity of the 30th Annual Gift of Life Gala sponsors and attendees, this year’s event was the most successful to date, raising an outstanding $375,000 (and counting!) to support the critical programs and services offered by the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.
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.
We hope to see you at the 31st Annual Gift of Life Gala to be held on November 12, 2016 at the Loews Hotel. Save the date!
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 unforgettable 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.
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 progress made by physicians, researchers, advocates, and our community as a whole.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that all ad submissions must be received by Friday, October 23, 2015.
- 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 PDF, JPEG or PNG format by 10/23/2015
- 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 PDF, JPEG or PNG format by 10/23/2015
- One line of text in the Tribute Book, distributed to guests at the gala
- Please provide one line of text by 10/23/2015
Thank you to our 2015 Gala Committee Members
Leilanii Mesa Ellis, William Blair & Company, Co-Chair
Pete Ellis, Planet Payment, Co-Chair
Charlotte Chapple, Associates in Nephrology
Ingrid H. Deroubaix, Fifth Third Bank
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
Cheryl Scott, ABC 7 Meteorologist
Timothy Whiting, Whiting Law Group, Ltd.
30th Anniversary Presenting Sponsor
Fresenius Medical Care
Carl & Darlene Chaleff • Dykema • FGMK, LLC • Fifth Third Bank • Heather Gardner • Dr. Stephen Jensik & Ms. Nancy Ebert • Keeley Family Foundation • Loyola University Medical Center • McDonald Hopkins LLC • Nephrology Associates of Northern Illinois and Indiana (NANI) • NorthShore University HealthSystem • Northwestern Comprehensive Transplant Center • Judy & Mark Schwartz • Satellite Wellbound • Southwest Nephrology Associates • UI Health Transplant • 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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