National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s 2019 Kidney Ball is Saturday, Dec. 7

ANN ARBOR — Join us and have fun while celebrating the city of Detroit and its constant spirit of renewal on Saturday, December 7 at the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s (NKFM) 2019 Kidney Ball. Enjoy a gritty yet glamorous party, starting at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour featuring champagne, an open bar, appetizers, plus beer and wine tastings.

The 15th annual Kidney Ball will be held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Drive. Enjoy holiday shopping along several hallways of over 250 eclectic silent auction items, including the popular Kids Auction Toy Room. Dinner at 7:30 p.m. is followed by a short program and an exciting live auction.

This year’s live auction features eight tickets for a Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians package in a special suite near the Cleveland dugout, plus ticket and hospitality packages for fans of the Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, U.S. Tennis Open, Super Bowl and the Final Four. Afterwards, top off your night by visiting the candy “bar” and dancing to the band, Your Generation in Concert.

The Kidney Ball is considered to be “the most fun black tie event in metro Detroit” and is attended annually by more than 400 business executives and community leaders. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan expects to raise $500,000 for its many community programs and services that help the more than 1,000,000 Michigan residents living with chronic kidney disease, and the many more at risk.

“The Kidney Ball is a wonderful event for so many reasons,” said Linda Smith-Wheelock, President and CEO of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. “We raise funds that enable us to care for the one million people in Michigan with chronic kidney disease. We also use funds to support lifestyle and health improvement programs, such as the Diabetes Prevention Program. And we have a great time every year!”

The 2019 Kidney Ball Co-Chairs are Duane McLean, Executive Vice President, Business Operations, Detroit Tigers; and John Magee, MD, Professor of Surgery, Section Head of Transplant Surgery, and

Director, University of Michigan Transplant Center. The Honorary Co-Chair is Scott LaRiche, Executive Manager and Vice President, Lou LaRiche Chevrolet.

The 2019 Kidney Ball is sponsored by Meijer, Adrian Steel, General RV Center, Morley, Michigan Medicine, VTC Insurance Group, Miller Coors, Greenfield Health Systems, Northwest Detroit Dialysis, and many others.

Tickets for the Kidney Ball are $350 per guest and can be purchased at or by calling the NKFM at 800-482-1455.

About the NKFM
The mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it. The NKFM provides more programs and services to more people in Michigan than any other region or state. For the past 12 years, Charity Navigator — the nation’s leading nonprofit evaluator — has recognized the NKFM with its highest rating of 4 stars for success in sound fiscal management.