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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.

Golf Outing in Memory of Dennis Kennedy

The annual golf outing is 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 will enjoy golf (with cart), beverages, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a program. Prizes are awarded to top teams and competition winners.

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Summer Soiree

The Kidney Foundation of Ohio Summer Soirée will be held on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Music Box Supper Club from 6:00-10:00pm. This fun, summer semi-casual event hosts nearly 200 members of the philanthropic, medical, and business community. Guests will enjoy small plates paired with a variety of wines, live entertainment, raffles and silent auction.

Waterfront views and wrap-around deck overlooking the West Bank of the Flats adds to a spectacular summer evening to benefit patients suffering with kidney disease.

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.

Hot Dog Reverse Raffle

The Kidney Foundation of Ohio's Summit County Chapter will be hosting its 27th Annual reverse raffle on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Getaway Pub, Akron. Tickets can be purchased for $25 and guests have the opportunity to win the $500 grand prize. Sideboards and 50/50 raffle will also be available. For more information, contact Carolyn at (330) 864-1236.

World Kidney Day

World Kidney Day will be on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Trinity Cathedral & Commons from 11:00-1:00pm. This event is free and open to the community and will feature wellness demonstrations and the opportunity for attendees to visit with local health organizations. Blood pressure and blood glucose screenings will also be administered. Registrations are encouraged by calling (216) 771-2700.

La Macchina Car Show

The Kidney Foundation of Ohio Summit County Chapter will be hosting its 5th Annual car show in September. 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 the evening before. Tickets include dinner, open bar, and entertainment. The evening will also feature raffles and auction items, including a trip to Las Vegas. 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.