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Kidney Ball raises more than $640,000 to fight kidney disease

Kidney Ball 2015

Detroiters are a charitable bunch and there are many events and many opportunities to help. One of the most recent was the Kidney Ball, which raises dollars for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) to fight kidney disease.

It is a terrible disease.

recently spent some time in the Pediatric Dialysis Center at Children’s Hospital of Michigan chatting with young people suffering with advanced cases of the kidney disease. They sit hooked up to the dialysis machine for three and half hours three times a week. The needles that go into their arms for the procedure are huge. It’s not fun but dialysis is their life line to survival.

More than 900,000 people in Michigan have chronic kidney disease and most of them don’t even know it. The more than $640,000 raised at the ball for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s many programs and services will help those Michigan residents and others.

That was a 24 percent increase, or more than $100,000, than was donated at the 2014 Kidney Ball.


“The Kidney Ball would not be possible without the generous donations of our sponsors and supporters,” said Dan Carney, president and CEO of the NKFM. “Having so many supporters gather and contribute to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s programs to support those affected by kidney disease is gratifying. The Kidney Ball continues to elevate its success year after year, with special thanks to our wonderfully dedicated committee and volunteers.”

More than 800 supporters attended this year’s ball at the MotorCity Casino, which featured live and silent auctions, as well as a children’s toy room where guests bid on items. Guests also had a great time listening to the band Fifty Amp Fuse, treating themselves to a candy bar sponsored by Mars Chocolate and enjoying a meal prepared by MotorCity Casino Hotel’s Executive Chef Scott Stromer.

Detroit Tigers Executive Vice President of Business Operations Duane McLean and U.S. Vice President  GM Fleet & Commercial Ed J. Peper co-chaired the event. WDIV Local 4’s Steve Garagiola served as the emcee.

Auctioneer Chris Aslanian during the Live Auction at the 2015 Kidney Ball

Auctioneer Chris Aslanian during the Live Auction at the 2015 Kidney Ball

The live auction featured items such as multiple vacation packages to Italy, A VIP Detroit Tigers experience, billboard advertising, a Detroit Lion’s season ticket package and much more. It concluded with a generous “Fund A Child” opportunity, which offered guests the chance to support the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s Kids Programs.

For every dollar donated, the Social Innovation Fund matched the amount dollar for dollar. The live auction raised $92,000.

Sponsors included General Motors Fleet, International Outdoor, Lear Corporation, Henry Ford Health System, Mars Chocolate, Meijer, and many more.

For more information about the NKFM’s programs and services throughout Michigan, please go to or call 800-482-1455.

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