The Kidney Foundation of Ohio Gala was held virtually on Saturday, February 27. We were proud to honor the 2021 Person of the Year Award to Dr. John O’Toole from the Cleveland Clinic for his outstanding leadership and contributions in the field of nephrology & research, and dedication and service to the mission of the Kidney Foundation of Ohio. Thanks to our donors and corporate sponsors, the event raised more than $141,000.
The annual Golf Outing was held on June 7, 2021 on the Legacy Course 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.
Thanks to all of the attendees, volunteers, sponsors and donors the event raised more than $44,000 for our direct assistance programs.
The Kidney Foundation of Summit County 31st Annual Hot Dog Raffle was held remotely on Thursday, February 25. Ticket holders won various prizes, with a grand prize package of $500. All proceeds from this event go directly to patients in Summit County who are affected by kidney disease.
World Kidney Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide. World Kidney Day is celebrated the second Thursday of March each year.
This year we presented a webinar that included information on COVID-19 and the vaccine, mental health, and an art activity. Watch the full recording of the webinar.
The Annual Car Show hosted a preview dinner party on Friday, September 11 at Todaro’s Party Center. The event included dinner, auction, raffles, and live entertainment. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens hosted a Cocktail & Cars event featuring food, drinks, music, and exotic cars on Saturday, September 12, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Summit County chapter.