NephCure Kidney International to Host First-Ever Fundraising Gala in Chicago

vertical banner corrected2Chicago, IL (October 8, 2015) – Just one month until NephCure Kidney International’s (NKI) Chicago fundraising gala. This inaugural event will be held on Friday, November 6, 2015 from 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM at Architectural Artifacts, Inc., 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL.

The event, themed “Crusade for a Cure” and sponsored by Rush University Medical Center, will bring together the most generous heroes of Chicago to raise money for research and finding a cure to the debilitating chronic kidney diseases Nephrotic Syndrome and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS).

“We are thrilled to finally bring this fundraiser to Chicago,” said Jayne Drew, Regional Director for NephCure Kidney International. “The gala is in its 11th year in New York City and has raised more than $6 million. We believe we can have just as great of an impact here in Chicago.”

Co-chairing the gala are Chicago natives and couple, Alap Patel and Amanda Schackart. “When Amanda was diagnosed with FSGS, our instant reaction was to learn as much as we can about the disease,” said Patel. “The problem, we soon realized, is that so little is actually known about it. This is why Amanda and I got involved with NephCure Kidney International. More research needs to be done on FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome.  More people need to be aware of these conditions, and the impact it has on millions of families across the US. We want to build a community where families affected by these diseases can know more and learn more from each other. We want to support a network of doctors who can discover more.” 

“We need more, we want more, and we want to give more!”, says Schackart.

Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS are conditions that affect the tiny filtering mechanisms in the kidneys. The result is that beneficial protein is spilled from the kidneys into the urine and is lost. Over time, this condition can result in renal failure and the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant. The cause of Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS is not known, it can affect anyone, and there is no cure.

FSGS is a leading cause of kidney failure in children.

It is estimated that kidney disease affects 31 million people in the United States alone, with African Americans being 3 times more likely to experience kidney failure.

Last year, 90,000 Americans were killed by kidney disease. More than breast cancer. More than prostate cancer.

Tickets prices to the gala start at $125 per person, with VIP table options available, and include local cuisine, libations, raffle, as well as a silent auction. For more information about NephCure Kidney International, to purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please visit the event website here CRUSADE, or by texting “CRUSADE” to 52182, or email Jayne Drew at

About NephCure Kidney International NephCure Kidney International (NKI) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity established in 1999. Comprised of patients, their families and friends, researchers, physicians and other healthcare professionals, NKI is the only organization committed exclusively to supporting research to identify the cause, improve the treatment, and find the cure of the two potentially debilitating kidney diseases, Nephrotic Syndrome and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS).


Media Contact: Jayne Drew