American Kidney Fund's First National Gala, The Hope Affair, Raises Over $600,000

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The kidney care community turned out in force on the evening of Oct. 6 for the American Kidney Fund's national gala, The Hope Affair. The sold-out, first-time event raised over $600,000 for American Kidney Fund programs and services in support of those with and at risk for kidney disease.

The kidney care community turned out in force on the evening of Oct. 6 for the American Kidney Fund's national gala, The Hope Affair. The sold-out, first-time event raised over $600,000 for American Kidney Fund programs and services in support of those with and at risk for kidney disease.

"It has been an honor to serve as Event Chair for such an important cause," said Kent J. Thiry, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of DaVita®. "Charity events like The Hope Affair are an important way to increase public awareness of the impact of kidney disease on millions of Americans across our nation."

"We are grateful to all of the individuals and corporations who showed such outstanding support for The Hope Affair," said LaVarne A. Burton, President and CEO of the American Kidney Fund. "Your generosity will help us to carry out our mission of direct, treatment-related financial assistance to patients in need; health education; and prevention outreach."

The American Kidney Fund provides charitable assistance to 1 out of every 5 dialysis patients in the United States, helping them to maintain their health insurance coverage and to pay other treatment-related expenses that insurance does not cover. The American Kidney Fund provides kidney health education services and free screenings to people at risk for kidney disease, and advocates for equitable access and quality health care for kidney patients.

More than 350 guests attended The Hope Affair, held at the Newseum and emceed by Wolf Blitzer, anchor of CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. Four key Congressional lawmakers were honored for supporting the interests of kidney patients:

  •     Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) received the Kidney Patient Leadership Award
  •     Rep. Donna M. Christensen (D-VI) received the Kidney Patient Advocate Award
  •     Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) received the Kidney Patient Champion Award
  •     Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) received the Kidney Patient Rising Star Award

The Hope Affair was supported by the generosity of many sponsors, including DaVita, Fresenius Medical Care, Amgen, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, American Renal Associates, Renal Advantage, Technical Resources International, Genzyme, and U.S. Renal Care.

About the American Kidney Fund:
In 2008, the American Kidney Fund provided nearly $120 million in treatment-related financial assistance to 75,000 kidney patients nationwide. The American Kidney Fund reaches tens of thousands of individuals each year with information about kidney health; operates a kidney disease screening program in high-risk communities; and maintains a toll-free HelpLine (866-300-2900) which provides education about kidney disease. The American Kidney Fund is a seven-time recipient of the highest "Four Star" rating from Charity Navigator; holds an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy; adheres to the National Health Council Standards of Excellence; and is a member of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. For more information, visit http://www.kidneyfund.org.

Media Contact:
Tenee Hawkins
Director of Communications
404.658.1423
thawkins (at) kidneyfund.org

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