Signature EventsGift of Life Gala

gift of life gala

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Hyatt Regency Chicago
& Virtual

empowering communities

bringing our vision to life

Push the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois further along the path to progress by attending the annual Gift of Life Gala. This stylish soiree is a memorable evening of elegance and passion, raising funds to fuel our mission, fun entertainment, and civic spirit.


Now in its fourth decade, the Gift of Life Gala brings together leaders in government, medicine, and business, rallying support for the work and mission of the NKFI. Stand with us and we'll raise much-needed funds for free screening programs and community health initiatives. Together, we will help thousands of Illinois families lead healthier, happier lives. 

COVID-19 In Person Attendance Safeguards:
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois (NKFI) prioritizes the health and safety of our kidney communities. The NKFI 2022 Gift of Life Gala is offered in person and virtually.  Given the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent rise in cases across the U.S., NKFI has adopted a policy for in-person attendance at the gala. Currently, in order to attend the event, attendees, volunteers, and staff must:

- Provide proof of vaccination, or
- Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of the event

Temperature checks will be conducted at the door and all attendees must be at or below the CDC temperature threshold to enter. Additionally, in accordance with the City of Chicago's mask mandate, masks will be required throughout the event, except while eating or drinking, regardless of vaccination status. We thank you in advance for adhering to our policy to safeguard the health of every attendee.



Check out the invitation and send it to friends and family members who may be interested in attending.

be a sponsor

Help fuel the NKFI's free community education and patient service programs. Click below to contact us and learn more about sponsoring this event.

get tickets

Guests have the option to purchase tickets individually, or in a group, by purchasing a sponsorship

(see button to the left.) 


location and schedule

let's get to the gala

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Event Location  

This year's event will be held in River North, overlooking the Chicago River. 

Hyatt Regency Chicago

West Tower - Crystal Ballroom

151 E Wacker Drive

Chicago, IL 60601 


The Evening


Live Auction  |  Themed Activities 

Special Guests  |  Cocktails | Live Entertainment 

Thursday, October 13, 2022


6:00 pm -   Cocktails​ 

7:00 pm -   Dinner

8:30 pm -   Joan Collaso and Ensemble

10:00 pm - Evening concludes



Event Details


6:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Cocktail attire, guests are strongly encouraged to wear orange!



Regina Waldroup, NBC5 Chicago


event honorees

spotlight on awardees


Gift of Life Award 

Illinois Area Chapters of The Links, Incorporated

Accepted by Monica Allen, Central Area Director

Each year, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois (NKFI) honors individuals and organizations with the Gift of Life award.  This award has been given to recognize individuals and entities that have truly made a difference in the world of kidney disease, prevention, transplantation and organ donation and therefore, have advanced the success of the NKFI.

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Rosann & Richard Noel Award for Philanthropy

Frank Trilla & The Trilla Family

This award was established to recognize those who have made a tremendous contribution to the NKFI’s 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. 


photos from past galas

an annual, stylish success



2019 Gallery

2018 Gallery

2017 Gallery


gift of life gala sponsors

you make the difference

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois wouldn't be able to impact the lives of patients, families, and communities without the help of our dedicated, Gift for Life Gala sponsors. Interested in sponsoring this event? Click here to review the sponsorship opportunities or contact Allie Widmer at or 312-321-1500.

Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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The Schaaf Foundation
Mark Schwartz
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Cocktail Sponsor


Mission Moment Sponsor

The Frank & Laura Trilla Family

Photobooth Sponsor


Coat Check Sponsor


Host Committee

Marc & Jacqueline Bishop

Diversity MBA Media & Diversity Learning Solutions,

P&L Group Brands

Dr. Tipu Puri, MD, PhD

Mark & Judy Schwartz

Dr. Kareen Simpson


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