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The Kidney Foundation of Ohio Gala was held on Saturday, February 9 at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown from Guests enjoyed an evening of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dinner, live entertainment, and silent and live auctions. Dr. Ronald Flauto was presented the 2019 Person of the Year award and The Robert J. Wazbinski Family received the Legacy Award.

The event raised $164,000 for the Foundation. Thank you to all of the sponsors, donors, guests and volunteers who helped make the event possible!

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Golf Outing in Memory of Dennis Kennedy

The annual Golf Outing was held in June at Sweetbriar Golf Club in Avon Lake in memory of Dennis Kennedy. Dennis worked as the Director of Technical Services for Centers for Dialysis Care (CDC). He started a golf outing for CDC employees and dreamed of one day golfing at Pebble Beach until his passing in 1996. Dennis’ coworkers decided not only to memorialize him by continuing the golf outing, but also turn it into a fundraiser for his second love, kidney patients.

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Summer Soiree

The Christmas in July celebration was held on Thursday, July 25 at Music Box Supper Club. The event featured dinner and drinks, live entertainment from The PopTarts, raffles, silent auction and Holiday-themed activities. Thank you to the attendees, sponsors, volunteers, and donors who helped make the event a success! We raised nearly $30,000 for the Foundation’s direct assistance programs.

Harvest Walk & 5K

The Harvest Walk & 5K will be held at Mapleside Farms on Sunday, October 6 from 7:30-11:00AM. It features a one-mile walk and 5K run to raise awareness and funds for individuals impacted by kidney disease. The family-friendly event will include a DJ, mascots, face painting, trick-or-treating & more! All paid participants receive a long-sleeve shirt, refreshments, and free admission into Mapleside’s Pumpkin Village.

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Hot Dog Reverse Raffle

The Kidney Foundation of Ohio’s Summit County Chapter hosted their Reverse Raffle on Thursday, February 28 at Getaway Pub in Akron. Guests enjoyed food, beverages, contests and prizes to benefit the Foundation’s Summit County Chapter.

World Kidney Day

The Kidney Foundation of Ohio hosted a free, community event in honor of World Kidney Day on Thursday, March 14 at the YWCA Greater Cleveland. Event attendees enjoyed lunch, massages, chair yoga, discussion about kidney health, and visited with local health organizations.

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La Macchina Car Show

The 8th Annual Car Show hosts a preview dinner party on Saturday, September 7 at Todaro’s Party Center. The cost is $90 a ticket and includes an open bar, dinner, auction and live entertainment. The Car Show is scheduled for September 8, 10:00-4:00pm at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron. Admission into the car show is $14 for adults and $6 for children 6 & up. For more details or to purchase tickets, contact Carolyn Henretta at (330) 864-1236 or

Contact Annette Fetter at (216) 771-2700 or for more information on events or to start one in your community.