Life of the Party: Groovy Kidney Ball

by Editorial

KC and the Sunshine Band to give 31st Annual Kidney Ball an upbeat ’70s vibe.
By Tyler Sullivan

Guests at the 30th Annual Kidney Ball, 2010.

The groovy and indomitable 70s hit creator, K.C. & Sunshine Band, will headline the 31st Annual Kidney Ball on Saturday, Nov. 19, as the National Kidney Foundation looks to raise another million dollars in one night to in the race to fight kidney disease.

About one thousand of Washington’s top business, government, health and community leaders, along with kidney patients and their families, will gather at The Hilton Washington to enjoy a night of cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing.

A special video presentation is expected, featuring kidney transplant recipient Stuart Bloch, chair of Congressional Bank, who will receive the Kidney Foundation’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award.

Bloch took part in a record-breaking kidney exchange in 2009. The transplant, conducted at Georgetown University Hospital and the Washington Hospital Center, involved a remarkable number of patients—26 in total, 13 donors and 13 recipients.

Serving the National Capital Area, the National Kidney Foundation has been around since 1950, working to raise awareness, support research, advocate for their patients in the public arena, and promote early disease detection and act as a leader in promoting organ and tissue donation.

The ball allows the Kidney Foundation to celebrate these efforts, as well as the patients and their families, while raising money for the cause.

Other special guests will include Washington Nationals Hitting Coach Rick Eckstein, also a kidney donor who gave his kidney to his brother in 2010; renowned opera singer Denyce Graves and husband Robert Montgomery, the Chief Transplant Surgeon at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center; as well as the evening’s gala chair George Wilson, Chief Strategy Officer of ECS, Inc.; several D.C. council members and soldiers representing the United Service Organization (USO).

This year’s top sponsors include Bank of New York — Mellon, Bedford Falls Foundation, Bert Smith & Company, Host Hotels & Resorts, Ronald D. Paul Companies and Sutherland Media Productions.

For more information on ticket pricing or sponsorships, contact Teresa Marchetti at or call  (202) 244-7900, ext. 28; or click here.

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