Gift of Life Gala

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

Saturday, November 14, 2015

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’ premiere 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.

More details coming soon.

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

The 2014 Gift of Life Gala celebrated the incredible legacies of two individuals. They have devoted their lives to philanthropy, advocacy and raising awareness of kidney disease. In their own ways, they have given the gift of life to people throughout Illinois by helping to prevent kidney disease and educating the public about its risk factors. We hope you will join us in honoring them and their ongoing legacies.

We hope you will join us in honoring these individuals and their important legacies.

29th Annual Gift of Life Award
Sara Feigenholtz, Illinois State Representative

The Gift of Life award honors those who have made a difference in the world of kidney disease prevention, patient education, and transplantation, therefore advancing the success of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. Illinois State Representative Sara Feigenholtz is the incredibly worthy recipient of this year's Gift of Life Award.

Representative Feigenholtz represents Illinois’ 12th District, which includes Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and Near North neighborhoods. Her commitment to the residents of her district and sponsorship of groundbreaking legislation has earned her the appointment of Assistant Majority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives.

Representative Feigenholtz leads a multitude of complex legislative and budgetary issues, reinforcing her statewide reputation as an effective legislator and champion of accessible health care and human services.  She has been a champion for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois for many years, but even more so since the KidneyMobile® program, the foundation’s free screening program for kidney disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure, lost the majority of its private funding. Since then, she has worked diligently to secure permanent funding for the program, which serves nearly every county in Illinois.  Due in great part to her laudable efforts, the KidneyMobile® program has positively impacted more than 42,000 lives to date and will continue to do so.


Rosann & Richard Noel Award for Philanthropy

Mark L. Schwartz, Philanthropist

The Rosann & Richard Noel Award for Philanthropy was established to recognize those who have made tremendous contributions to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ fundraising efforts as well as embodied the philanthropic spirit by inspiring others to give, much like Rosann and Dick Noel for whom this award is named. Mark Schwartz, immediate past president of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' Board of Directors, has dedicated his life to fighting kidney disease.

From a young age, Mark began advocating on behalf of kidney patients.  His late uncle, Ronald Schwartz, died of kidney disease at the age of 23, just prior to the availability of dialysis. The experience prompted Mark's passionate commitment to preventing the disease and working to improve the lives of kidney patients throughout the state.  He has spent countless hours informing his peers on the risk factors of kidney disease and dedicated 9 years to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' Board of Directors.  Mark has been a true friend, inspiring leader and generous benefactor of the foundation.


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