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. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing of masks is preferred at the event.
location and schedule
let's get to the gala
Live Auction | Themed Activities
Special Guests | Cocktails | Live Entertainment
Saturday, October 21, 2023
6:00 pm - Cocktails
7:00 pm - Dinner
8:30 pm - Joan Collaso and Ensemble
10:00 pm - Evening concludes
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Cocktail attire, guests are strongly encouraged to wear orange!
Regina Waldroup, NBC5 Chicago
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.
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
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? Contact Michelle Scott at email@example.com or 312-321-1500.