On Saturday, December 2, Suburban Collection was honored to show support and be in attendance as The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) hosted their annual Kidney Ball. The annual gathering welcomed nearly 600 guests to what some people call the “most fun black-tie event in metro Detroit.” Guests at the event helped to raise $600,000 which will help over 900,000 people in Michigan who are suffering from chronic kidney disease and much more who are at risk.

The mission of the NKFM is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it. With 70% of kidney disease being preventable, they also focus on the root causes of kidney disease which are obesity, diabetes, and hypertension to help people avoid this disease altogether.

When speaking about the event, NKFM CEO Linda Smith-Wheelock said, “The Kidney Ball is our largest fundraising event and takes over 100 wonderful staff and volunteers to make it happen. The community has again shown us their great support for those living with kidney disease and for our evidence-based programs to prevent kidney disease.”

The evening’s program also included the presentation of two awards. The first award was the Kidney Crusader Award presented to Jerry Yee, MD for his money and expertise to boost the programs and services of the NKFM. The next award was the Cindy H. Shannon Award given to Kidney Ball Committee Co-Chair Jon Krebs. This award is named after Cindy Shannon who started the Kidney Ball in 2005.

This wonderful event featured great food prepared by the MotorCity Casino Hotel culinary staff, along with a silent auction and a night of dancing to Your Generation in Concert featuring Fifty Amp Fuse in the Sound Board.

We absolutely love the efforts that NKFM is making to create a healthier and vibrant community. They are fighting for a cause that affects so many people especially in the Detroit, Michigan region, and their work does not go unnoticed. David T. Fischer and The Suburban Collection are proud to support the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan in their efforts to fight chronic kidney disease.