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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or 312-321-1500.