'Cool Blue Monday' Fundraiser to be Held at MGM Grand

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DETROIT — The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan — Detroit Branch Office will host its 6th Annual Cool Blue Monday fundraiser from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., August 13 at the MGM Grand-Detroit Grand Ballroom, located at 1777 Third St. in Detroit.

Attire is “stylishly chic” and the event will feature an elegant strolling buffet, live entertainment, and cocktails. There will also be both silent and live auctions featuring many upscale gift items. All proceeds from the event will support the vital prevention programs and patient services of the NKFM—Detroit Branch Office.Carol Cain of CBS—Detroit will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the event. Tickets are $125 per person.

African Americans are at increased risk of diabetes and hypertension, the leading causes of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure. Additionally, the incidence rate of kidney failure in Detroit is 2.6 times higher than the national average.

The NKFM—Detroit Branch Office offers a variety of programs that serve the more than 111,000 Detroit residents living with chronic kidney disease and the thousands more who are at risk. Among these, there are programs centered in the community, as well as programs based in schools throughout the Detroit metro area. 

The “Healthy Hair Starts with a Healthy Body” program trains African American hairstylists to speak with their clients about nutrition, exercise, and disease prevention. A male version of the program, “Dodge the Punch: Live Right” teaches African American barbers to speak with their clients about healthy lifestyles. Together, these programs have encouraged 58 percent of individuals to make a healthy lifestyle change such as eating healthier, increasing physical activity, or quitting smoking.

The Detroit office also offers a program called “Healthy Families Start with You” to serve parents and children in Head Start schools. The program helps to teach parents how to make healthy lifestyle choices for themselves and their families. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the NKFM—Detroit office at 313-259-1574 or visit www.nkfm.org.

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