gift of life gala

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Drake Hotel

Chicago, IL

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. 



Check out the full 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.) Discounted tickets are available for attendees under age 30.


location and schedule

let's get to the gala

The Drake Hotel Chicago


Situated in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, the Drake is among Chicago's most iconic luxury hotels.


140 East Walton Place

Chicago, Illinois 60611


Click Here for a Map


The Evening


Dinner  |  Raffles  |  Themed Activities 

Food Stations  |  Cocktails 

Thursday, October 24, 2019


6:00 pm -   Check in, cocktails, dinner & games

7:30 pm -   Program begins

8:10 pm -   Games & cocktails resume, dessert

9:00 pm -   Dancing

10:00 pm - Evening concludes


Cocktail Attire 

event honorees

spotlight on supporters


Harold & Molly Schwartz Founders Award

Joan & Paul Rubschlager



The family of Harold & Molly Schwartz established the Founders Award in their honor, following Harold’s death in 2005.  Harold was a founding member of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois (NKFI) and supported the NKFI in its efforts throughout his life.  The Founders Award will be given to a volunteer or board member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and achievement on behalf of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.  This is not an annual award; it is given based on merit.

Interview in Skyline Magazine

Interview in Chicago Classic Magazine

Gift of Life Award 

CPD Chief Superintendent Eddie Johnson

& CPD Officer Daniel Johnson

Organ Recipient & Donor


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.

Interview with WTTW's Chicago Tonight

Interview with WGN AM's Steve Cochran

Interview with WLS-TV ABC7 Midday News


photos from past galas

an annual, stylish success

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 Brigit Dunne at or 312-321-1500.

Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsor

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Silver Sponsors

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Jill Schaaf

Mark & Judy Schwartz

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