National Kidney Foundation of Michigan's 8th Annual Kidney Ball


DETROIT —The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan will gather friends and supporters for the 8th Annual Kidney Ball on Dec. 1 at the MGM Grand Detroit. 

The event, which features the theme “Motown Magic” every year, will include a night of live music, great food, cocktails, and an after party, all making it the most fun charity event in metro Detroit. Last year’s Kidney Ball raised over $500,000 for the NKFM’s many programs and services that help more than 900,000 Michigan residents living with chronic kidney disease. 

The spectacular evening, which attracts more than 700 of metro Detroit’s givers and shakers, will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. and a fabulous dinner served at 7:30 p.m. There will also be an exciting live auction along with an expansive and unique silent auction. Guests can also enjoy dancing and listening to the soulful sounds of the Jerry Ross Band after dinner. 

A special guest this year, courtesy of Fresenius Medical Care North America, is Food Network’s Chef Aaron McCargo. Chef McCargo hosts his own show, Big Daddy’s House, and will be preparing a dialysis-friendly appetizer for guests to enjoy. One of Chef McCargo’s goals is to inspire people living with chronic kidney disease to live a better life on dialysis by maintaining a healthy diet. 

Vivian Rogers Pickard, president of the General Motors Foundation and director of corporate relations, will serve as the Honorary Chair of the 2012 Kidney Ball. Meijer’s Blanche Mack will be this year’s Event Chair. The evening wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of the Kidney Ball Presenting Sponsor, Meijer, as well as the many other sponsors and supporters of the event.

“With so many challenges in our state, things are not likely to get easier for people with kidney disease and the many people at risk. Supporting the Kidney Ball will give us the opportunity to continue helping to prevent and manage kidney disease, and raise awareness about its leading causes,” said Dan Carney, president and CEO of the NKFM. “We invite everyone to take a step back into the Motown era and support an organization whose mission truly is to make a difference and improve the lives and health of Michigan residents.” 

Tickets for the event are $250 per guest and can be purchased by visiting the NKFM’s website,,  under the Events tab, or by calling the NKFM at 800-482-1455. For more information, please visit