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The American Kidney Fund's fourth annual national gala, The Hope Affair, on Oct. 17 celebrated three inspirational individuals whose lives have been affected by kidney disease. The event, themed "All Things Are Possible, was held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium and brought together more than 300 guests from across the renal community. The Hope Affair raised more than $717,000 for the programs and services of the American Kidney Fund.
"The Hope Affair provides the American Kidney Fund with the opportunity to bring advocates together and celebrate inspiring individuals throughout the kidney community," said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund. "We are so grateful to everyone who joined us for this special evening. The funds raised through this event are critical to our mission of helping the millions of patients living with chronic kidney disease."
The evening's keynote speaker was Alan Hobson, (left) Mount Everest climber and cancer survivor. In his address to guests, he spoke about how he learned to thrive after his battle with an aggressive blood cancer and how his survival tactics can help patients living with kidney disease. For the second year in a row, Shawn Yancy, Washington’s FOX 5 news anchor, served as the emcee. A special highlight of The Hope Affair was a tribute to the evening's three honorees. They were each recognized for their inspirational achievements in the fight against kidney disease.
The honorees (right) include: Eric Dolby, Sr., "Hero of Hope" Award; Debbie Nutt, "Caregiver of the Year" Award; and Amelia Rowniewski, “Calendar Kids Cover Artist” Award.
Image left to right Hero of Hope Eric Dolby; LaVarne A. Burton, president and CEO of the American Kidney Fund; Caregiver of the Year Debbie Nutt; Joe Carlucci, chairman, CEO and co-founder, American Renal Associates; Calendar Kids cover artist Amelia Rowniewski (front).
Left: Calendar Kids cover artist Amelia Rowniewski and her mom.
American Renal Associates was The Hope Affair's 2012 platinum level sponsor. Diamond level sponsors were Affymax Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.; Amgen; and Sanofi Renal.