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Beginning on the far right on the stairs and moving down: Andrea Alcorn, President, KidneyTexas, Inc.; Christine Martin and Susan Russell, Luncheon Chairs; Linda Ivy, Honorary Chair; Beth Dexter, Parkland Foundation; Steve Ivy, Honorary Chair; Amanda Crowley-Rios and Jenny Moore, National Kidney Foundation/Camp Reynal; Kyra Barnett, Children’s Health; Dr. Goran Klintmalm, Baylor Health Care System Foundation; Dr. Steve Pottoore, Children’s Health; Dr. Richard Ruiz, Baylor Health Care System Foundation; Amy Cook, Children’s Health; Dr. Jyothsna Gattineni, Sharon Neal and Jennifer Atchison from UT Southwestern; Children's Medical Center Dallas.

KidneyTexas, Inc. presented over $114,000 to six beneficiaries at the Check Presentation celebration hosted by TOOTSIES in Preston Center. 
         

Jocelyn White, emcee, welcomed everyone saying that KidneyTexas, Inc. has raised over $3,000,000 since 1999, to a rousing ovation. She thanked this evening’s sponsors, including Dee Lincoln of Dee Lincoln Prime for her support in underwriting wines at all of the KidneyTexas, Inc. events and an Over-The-Top Award honoree; Gold Crown Valet, for sponsoring the valet services all year and Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb of TOOTSIES, this evening’s host, Over-The-Top Award honorees and for their sponsorship of the fashion show produced by the inimitable Jan Strimple. Special recognition also went to Sue Goodnight, the namesake of the Sue Goodnight Service Award and also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, along with Brian Whittington for this evening’s music.
           

Andrea Alcorn, president of KidneyTexas, Inc., spoke from her heart saying how resilient everyone was for continuing their support of the organization through this past summer and fall’s tragedies, including Hurricane Harvey.  She gave heartfelt thanks to sponsors and underwriters including honorary chairs Linda and Steve Ivy, Barbara and Don Daseke for hosting the Patron Party, luncheon chairs Susan Russell and Christine Martin and Don Russell and John Castorr.     
         

Then it was time for the check presentations to beneficiaries Baylor Health Care System Foundation, which wasgranted $30,000 to fund their Hispanic Kidney Transplant Program to participate in a five-year study aiming to implement and evaluate a culturally competent transplant center program tailored to Hispanics to increase the rate of living donor kidney transplants (LDKT) within this population; Camp Reynal, which enables over 100 children to enjoy summer camp and is equipped to handle their medical needs, $19,500; Children’s Medical Center Foundation received $20,500 for hemodialysis and blood pressure machines; Parkland Health and Hospital Foundation was given $30,500 for a kidney dialysis unit; Texas Health Resources Foundation received $14,214 for a hemodialysis machine; UT Southwestern Medical Center received $29,925 towards kidney related research to Identify the role of FGF23 in cardiac function in states of hyperphosphatemia but with normal renal function.

 

President-elect Mary Lee Cox announced the chairs for the 2018 Fashion Show and Luncheon, Annalee Aston and Joanna Tollenaere, with Dr. Goran Klintmalm as honorary advisor. The entire incoming board will be revealed soon.
         

Membership in KidneyTexas, Inc. is open to the public and offers many benefits, including exclusive events in private homes. Sign up through the website at at http://www.kidneytexas.org, contact 214-891-0896 or email kidneytexas@sbcglobal.net     

 

Mission Statement: The purpose of KidneyTexas, Inc. is to provide funding to improve the methods of treatment, the search for a cure and prevention of kidney disease and other kindred or contributory diseases; and to develop more adequate provision for the care of persons suffering from such diseases.

 

Statistics: Debilitating kidney diseases impact approximately 20 million people in the United States today. Groups at high risk include African Americans, Hispanics, senior citizens and people with diabetes. In Texas, there are over 30,000 people on dialysis and 4,000 on a transplant list. The number of patients on dialysis is anticipated to double this decade.

 

History: Since 1999, the dedicated volunteers of KidneyTexas, Inc. have worked in tandem with our generous underwriters to raise over $3.1 million for local efforts to improve the ability to diagnose and manage kidney disease. 
          Each fall KidneyTexas, Inc. hosts its Fashion Show and Luncheon in an effort to raise money for designated beneficiaries and awareness for a disease that affects millions of people each year. The success of this event depends heavily upon the contributions and dedication of our Dallas business and community leaders, and we're asking for your support. 

 

Photos by Dana Driensky,

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