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Signature EventsGift of Life Gala

gift of life gala

 October 21, 2023

Hilton Chicago

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 2023 Gift of Life Gala is offered in person.  Given the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing of masks is preferred at the event. 



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

location and schedule

let's get to the gala

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Event Location  

This year's event will be held at the historic Hilton Chicago. 

Hilton Chicago

Continental Room

720 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605 

Staying the Night?

A small number of rooms are available at a discount. Contact Michelle Scott to book. 

The Evening


Live Auction  |  Themed Activities 

Special Guests  |  Cocktails | Live Entertainment 

Saturday, October 21, 2023


6:00 pm -   Cocktails​ 

7:00 pm -   Dinner and Program

8:30 pm -   Joan Collaso Band

10:00 pm - Evening concludes


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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

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Gift of Life Award 

Dr. Joaquin Brieva and Jennifer Sutton Brieva

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

NANI - Nephrology Associates of

Northern Illinois and Indiana

This award was established to recognize corporate partners who generously subsidize NKFI programs, events, and initiatives year after year. Our work would not be possible without their support and dedication to the mission. 


photos from past galas

an annual, stylish success


2022 Gallery



2019 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? Contact Wesley Bauer at or 312-321-1500.

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Dr. Joaquin & Jennifer Sutton Brieva

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The Schaaf Foundation

MArk & Judy Schwartz

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Host Committee

Mark and Judy Schwartz, Co-Chairs
Curt Anliker
Marc and Jacqueline Bishop
Habilitative Syetems, Inc

Deepak Mital, MD, FACS
Drs. Tipu Puri and Anita Chandra-Puri
Kareen Simpson, MD, Associates in Nephrology


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