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Signature EventsGift of Life Gala

gift of life gala

 November 2, 2024

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. 


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Check out the save the date 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. 

The Evening


Live Auction  |  Themed Activities 

Special Guests  |  Cocktails | Live Entertainment 

Saturday, November 2, 2024


6:00 pm -   Cocktails​ 

7:00 pm -   Dinner and Program

8:30 pm -   Dancing

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 or something that makes them feel diamond-rich as we celebrate

NKFI's 75th anniversary



Regina Waldroup, NBC5 Chicago


event honorees

spotlight on awardees

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Gift of Life Award 

Illinois Public Health Association

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.


Harold & Molly Schwartz Founders' Award

Dr. Holly Mattix-Kramer, MD, MPH

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. 


photos from past galas

an annual, stylish success




2022 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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