DETROIT — The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan gathered friends and supporters for the eighth Annual Kidney Ball: Motown Magic at the MGM Grand Detroit on Dec 1. The charity event attracted its largest audience yet with nearly 800 attendees, and raised more than $618,000.
The Motown-inspired evening included a cocktail hour with an expansive silent auction, dinner, a live auction, and live entertainment by the Jerry Ross Band. The silent auction was well received with more than 250 items sold, raising more than $55,000. The live auction raised over $70,000.
Blanche Mack from Meijer served as the event’s chair with Myra Moreland, president of Revstone, serving as co-chair. Many local names were in attendance such as R&B soul singer/songwriter KEM, former Detroit Lions offensive tackle Lomas Brown, as well as special guest Chef Aaron McCargo Jr., who hosts the show Big Daddy’s House on the Food Network.
“We have been told that the Kidney Ball is the most fun gala in the region,” said Dan Carney, president and CEO of the foundation. “We strive to provide our guests with an unforgettable experience while keeping in mind that the Kidney Ball is an important fundraiser for our organization and for spreading awareness about kidney disease throughout Michigan. From the efforts of our event chairs, to our dedicated committee, and wonderful volunteers, the NKFM is lucky to have so many friends and supporters.” The Kidney Ball was sponsored by Meijer, Quicken Loans, and many others.
For more information about the NKFM’s programs and services throughout Michigan, visit www.nkfm.org or call 800-482-1455.