gift of life gala

Thursday, October 29, 2020


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.) 


location and schedule

let's get to the gala

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This year's event will be held virtually. Enjoy the festivities from home. Jackets (and pants) optional. 


Link to the Gala Zoom will be sent to

those who have purchased tickets and sponsorships. 



The Evening


Silent Auction  |  Themed Activities 

Special Guests  |  Cocktails 

Thursday, October 29, 2020


6:00 pm -   Cocktails​ 

6:15 pm -   Program begins

7:00 pm -   Silent auction closes

7:00 pm -   Evening concludes


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Special Guests

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White

Darrin Jackson, Chicago White Sox



event honorees

spotlight on supporters


Gift of Life Award 

Ed Farmer (posthumous)

Organ Recipient & Advocate for Organ Donation

Senator Mattie Hunter

State Senator & Champion of Kidney 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.

Corporate Partner Award

Baxter International, Inc.

Renal Care


The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is pleased to acknowledge Baxter International, Inc. as this year's Corporate Partner awardee.  Baxter is a leader in the renal care industry, pioneering therapy options for people with kidney disease, including peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis. Team Baxter has given generously of their time and financial resources to the foundation over the years, but most specifically as the presenting sponsor of the Walk for Kidneys since its inception in 1999. We thank Baxter for their incredible support, and are so pleased to recognize them with the Corporate Partner Award. 


photos from past galas

an annual, stylish success

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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 Heidi Merritt at or 312-321-1500.

Presenting Sponsor


 Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors


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