Signature EventsGift of Life Gala

gift of life gala

Thursday, October 28, 2021

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. 


save the date

Check out the save the date 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

151 E Wacker Drive

Chicago, IL 60601 


The Evening


Live Auction  |  Themed Activities 

Special Guests  |  Cocktails 

Thursday, October 28, 2021


6:00 pm -   Cocktails​ 

7:00 pm -   Dinner

10:00 pm - Evening concludes



Event Details


6:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Cocktail attire



Regina Waldroup, NBC5 Chicago


event honorees

spotlight on awardees

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Gift of Life Award 

Ngozi O. Ezike, MD

Director of Illinois Department of Public Health

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.

Saul Rudo of Katten at MMO

Corporate Partner Award

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP


The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is pleased to acknowledge Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP as this year's Corporate Partner awardee. Katten has given generously of their time and financial resources to the foundation over the years, most specifically as the presenting sponsor of the Middle Market Open since 2009. We thank Katten for their incredible support, and are so pleased to recognize them with the Corporate Partner Award.


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 Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

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The Sexton Family

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Auction Sponsor

Mark Schwartz

Host Committee

Curt Anliker

Marc and Jacqueline Bishop

Amit Mehta

Tipu Puri, MD, PhD

Mark Schwartz

Planning Committee

Robyn Sexton, MBA

Amanda Tilton, RN


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