AKFs Fourth Annual Gala Brings Renal Community Together this October


WASHINGTON—The American Kidney Fund’s (AKF's) fourth annual national gala, The Hope Affair, will take place Wednesday, October 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.

 The event, themed “All Things Are Possible,” will honor three remarkable individuals: a dialysis patient, a caregiver and the AKF's “Calendar Kids” Art Contest winner. For the second year in a row, Washington’s FOX 5 news anchor, Shawn Yancy, will serve as the evening’s emcee. This year’s featured keynote speaker will be Alan Hobson, Mount Everest climber and cancer survivor.

“The Hope Affair is a special time for the American Kidney Fund as we bring together the national renal community and policymakers to celebrate inspiring individuals who bring our mission to life,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the AKF. “This is a time to celebrate those who inspire us to continue in the fight against kidney disease and an opportunity to highlight the programs and services supported by funds raised through the gala.”

The evening’s honorees are:

  • ‘Hero of Hope’ Award: Eric Dolby, Sr.
  • ‘Caregiver of the Year’ Award: Debbie Nutt
  • Calendar Kids Cover Artist’ Award: Amelia Rowniewski

In his keynote address, international bestselling author and worldwide adventurer Hobson will share his personal experience that demonstrates all things are possible. Three years after reaching the summit of Mount Everest, Hobson was diagnosed with an aggressive blood cancer and given less than a year to live. He not only survived, but thrived.

Funds raised through The Hope Affair contribute directly to the programs and services provided by the AKF. The eighth-leading cause of death in the United States, kidney disease affects an estimated 31 million Americans, with millions more at risk. Last year, the AKF provided more than $190 million in direct financial assistance to nearly 90,000 dialysis patients across the nation, and through its national campaign, Pair Up: Join the Fight to Prevent Kidney Disease, provided 22,000 Americans with a free kidney disease screening in 22 cities nationwide and distributed 2.2 million pieces of educational material.

The Hope Affair’s 2012 Platinum level sponsor is American Renal Associates. Diamond level sponsors include Affymax, Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceuticals, U.S.A., Inc., and Amgen. The Gold level sponsor is Sanofi. A full sponsor listing, along with complete details on the event, can be found at www.thehopeaffair.org.

For more information about the AKF, visit www.kidneyfund.org.

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