JOURNEY HOME TO OLD CHICAGO WITH THE NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION OF ILLINOIS AT THE 34TH ANNUAL GALA

CPD Chief Superintendent Eddie Johnson and son Daniel Johnson to receive “Gift of Life Award”


(l-r) CPD Chief Superintendent Eddie Johnson and son CPD Officer Daniel Johnson

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois (NKFI) announces its 34th Annual Gift of Life Gala, benefitting the NKFI mission to improve the health and well-being of those at risk or affected by kidney disease through free screening programs and community health initiatives in Illinois, on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at The Drake Hotel, 140 East Walton Place. The evening worthy of the World’s Fair pays homage to “Old Chicago” with themed activities, cocktails, dinner stations and raffles.


NKFI will present CPD Chief Superintendent Eddie Johnson and his son CPD Officer Daniel Johnson with the “Gift of Life Award” in recognition of their contributions to the world of kidney disease. Nearly two years ago, 25-year-old Daniel donated a kidney to his father, Eddie, after he was diagnosed with glomerulonephritis, an acute inflammation of the kidney. Renowned Chicago philanthropists, Joan and Paul Rubschlager, will be honored through the “Harold & Molly Schwartz Founders Award” for their outstanding commitment and achievement on behalf of NKFI.

(l-r) Paul & Joan Rubschlager

Regina Waldroup, reporter at NBC5, Chicago-native and longtime public supporter of organ donation, will serve as mistress of ceremonies and host the evening’s events. Guests will enjoy Windy City-inspired activity stations throughout the evening as they step back into Prohibition and battle off in a Chicago Cubs versus Chicago White Sox showdown. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase in advance on the NKFI website.

NBC5 Reporter Regina Waldroup

Cocktail hour begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by “classic Chicago” dinner stations such as Wrigleyville favorites and Garrett Popcorn Shops® at 7:00 p.m. FAMOS! DJ Entertainment will provide music for the evening.


Event sponsors include Gift of Hope, University of Chicago Medicine Transplant Center, Fresenius Kidney Care and NX Stage.


Tickets are $350 per person and $300 for individuals under 30; sponsorship opportunities are available. Purchase tickets for the 2019 Gift of Life Gala at https://www.nkfi.org/gala. For sponsorship inquiries contact Brigit Dunne, Development Coordinator, at bdunne@nkfi.org or (312) 321-1500.

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