National Kidney Foundation of Michigan Aims to Reach $6 Millon Mark at MotorCity Casino Hotel 12/3

National Kidney Foundation of Michigan Aims to Reach $6 Millon Mark at MotorCity Casino Hotel 12/3


On Saturday, December 3, more than 800 notable business executives and socialites will gather at MotorCity Casino Hotel for the 12th annual National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s Kidney Ball in the hope of reaching the $6 million mark in total annual Kidney Ball funds raised over the past 12 years. More than 250 eclectic and unique auction items and hundreds of children’s toys, books and games will be featured in the live and silent auction events. This year’s event expects to raise $600,000 for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s many community programs and services to help the more than 900,000 people in Michigan with kidney disease.

“For more than a decade the community has supported us in raising the funds needed to create programs that aim to help the nearly one million people in Michigan with chronic kidney disease,” said Dan Carney, president and CEO of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. “This evening is vital to the community we serve as these funds provide the life changing, and sometimes life-saving, programs for a disease that we know to be 70% preventable.”

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan was ranked the number one charity in the category of diseases, disorders and disciplines in 2014 by Charity Navigator, the nation’s leading charity evaluator. This year, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan earned its ninth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. The designation puts the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan in the top 1% of all charities in the United States.

Considered on the social scene as “the most fun black tie event in metro Detroit,” guests will experience live entertainment from the band Your Generation in Concert featuring Fifty Amp Fuse along with the exceptional MotorCity Casino Hotel cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Raymond Bertschy.

The 2016 Kidney Ball Chair is Patrick Rugiero, executive director of Roman Village Restaurant Group. The Honorary Co-Chairs of the Kidney Ball are Duane McLean, executive vice president of Business Operations for the Detroit Tigers; and Ed J. Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet & Commercial. The Kidney Ball is presented by General Motors Fleet and sponsored by Lear Corporation, Madison Heights Glass, Meijer, Hour Detroit, Adrian Steel, Detroit Auto Dealers Association, Detroit Medical Center, Greenfield Health Systems, Henry Ford Health System, First American Tile, GKN Driveline, LaFontaine Automotive, Mars Snackfood, McCann Worldgroup, Miller Coors, Morley, MotorCity Casino Hotel, Northwest Detroit Dialysis, and Print Tech Inc.

The Kidney Ball will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. followed by the program, with dancing and entertainment in Sound Board to end the evening. Tickets for the event are $250 per guest and can be purchased via the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s website,, or by calling the NKFM at 800-482-1455.

About the NKFM:

The mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it. The NKFM is widely known for providing more programs and services to more people than any other region or state. The organization was recognized for its success in sound fiscal management by receiving a 4-star rating, nine years in a row, from Charity Navigator—the nation’s leading charity evaluator. 

Cynthia Tait

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