Young Professionals

The Young Professionals are a dynamic group of men and women committed to financially supporting the mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, primarily through their annual Derby for a Cause event. In addition, the Young Professionals participate in networking events, volunteer activities, and the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ annual fundraising events to get to know one another and the Foundation.

Fundraising Events

  • The Young Professionals’ signature event is Derby for a Cause. This can’t-miss event takes place on Kentucky Derby day and features food, drinks, a silent auction, and the most exciting two minutes in sports!
  • The Young Professionals support the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ annual winter Gift of Life Gala by organizing a wine pull for the event.
  • The Young Professionals participate in the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ annual summer Walk for Kidneys as a team of walkers and fundraisers.

Event Photos
Walk for Kidneys - June, 2014
Derby for a Cause - May, 2014
Gift of Life Gala - November, 2013
Gift of Life Walk - June, 2013
Derby for a Cause - May, 2013
Gift of Life Gala - November, 2012
Gift of Life Walk - June, 2012
Derby for a Cause - May, 2012

Join the Young Professionals
Young Professionals hold quarterly meetings plus additional subcommittee meetings. Benefits of membership include learning to plan annual fundraising events, networking and volunteer opportunities, and supporting the life-saving mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. If you are interested in joining the Young Professionals, please click here to apply online or contact Lena Clement at lclement@nkfi.org or (312) 321-1500 for more information.

Members
Natalia Avila
Fallon Bell
Natalie Corpuz
Angela Hecyk
Divya Jain Arwindekar, DO
Greg Kent
Kathleen Kenney
Elizabeth Kwan
Jelitsa Legarreta
Gabrielle Lieberman
Leilanii Mesa Ellis
Gina O'Brien
Amber Sanders
Matt Schwartz
Susan Sullivan
Mary Wyrwich

From left to right: Greg Kent, Divya Jain Arwindekar, DO, Amber Sanders, Matt Schwartz, Natalia Avila, Natalie Corpuz, Kathleen Kenney, Gina O’Brien, Gabrielle Lieberman, Susan Sullivan.