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The 25th Annual Kidney Foundation of Ohio Gala was held on February 11th at the Westin Cleveland Downtown. Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, live entertainment, and silent and live auctions.

The 2017 Person of the Year award was presented to Eric A. Klein, MD, Andrew C. Novick Distinguished Professor and Chair, Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute and Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine for his dedication and commitment to the field of urology and nephrology and the mission of the Kidney Foundation of Ohio. The 26th Annual Gala will take place on February 10, 2018 at the Westin Cleveland Downtown.

Golf Outing in Memory of Dennis Kennedy

The annual golf outing was held on June 12, 2017 at Sweetbriar Golf Course in Avon Lake in memory of Dennis Kennedy who worked as the Director of Technical Services for Centers for Dialysis Care (CDC). Dennis started a golf outing for CDC employees and dreamed of one-day golfing at Pebble Beach until his passing in 1996. His coworkers decided not only to memorialize Dennis by continuing the golf outing, but to turn it into a fundraiser for his second love, kidney patients.

Golfers enjoyed 18-holes of golf, beverages, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a program. Prizes were awarded to the winning teams and competition winners.

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Summer Soiree

The Summer Soiree was held on Thursday, July 27 at Music Box Supper Club. Nearly 150 guests enjoyed small plate and wine pairings, raffles and silent auction, and live entertainment from Images. Thank you to everyone who helped make the event a success!

Harvest Walk & 5K

On October 8, 2017, the Annual Harvest Walk & 5K at Mapleside Farms will feature a one-mile walk or 5K run to raise awareness and funds for kidney disease. All registered participants will receive an event t-shirt and FREE admission into Mapleside's Pumpkin Village on event day. Participants will enjoy a DJ, mascots, balloon artist, refreshments, raffles and the opportunity to visit with local health and wellness organizations.

Top overall finishers and top finishers in each age group (14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over) for the 5K race will be presented medals. The top fundraising individual and top fundraising team will also be awarded.

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Hot Dog Reverse Raffle

Kidney Foundation of Ohio's Summit County Chapter hosted its 27th Annual reverse raffle in February at Getaway Pub, Akron. For more information about the 2018 raffle, contact Carolyn at (330) 864-1236.

World Kidney Day

World Kidney Day is a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys. Taking place every second Thursday in March, this global effort builds awareness about preventive behaviors, awareness about risk factors, and awareness about how to live with kidney disease.

La Macchina Car Show

The Kidney Foundation of Ohio Summit County Chapter will be hosting its 5th Annual car show on Sunday, September 10. Last year, over 400 classic automobiles were present for the show. A pre-party fundraiser will be held at Todaro's Party Center in Akron on Saturday, September 9 at 6:00pm. Tickets include dinner, beverages, wine tasting, and entertainment. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Carolyn at (330) 864-1236.

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