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Kaleta Blaffer Johnson, Claire Catrino, Luncheon and Fashion Show Chairs

Celebrating its 25th Year with Our Silver Jubilee!


It was a lovely spring day as the cool breezes encouraged KidneyTexas, Inc. Tea hostess Wendy Hansen and Tea chair Mari Epperson, to open the glass patio doors leading into the glorious gardens, as guests joined in the Spring Tea.
The buzz was all about the news focusing on The Runway Report Fashion Show and Luncheon, which will celebrate its 25th year this year with its Silver Jubilee.
Monica Cooley, president, KidneyTexas, Inc. welcomed everyone saying she was excited about today’s announcements and thanking Mari for chairing today’s event and encouraged everyone to join in the fabulous gourmet goodies. Mari gave heartfelt thanks to Wendy for her generous hospitality in hosting today’s event to a round of applause.

Claire Catrino and Kaleta Blaffer Johnson, chairs of The Runway Report Fashion Show and Luncheon, announced that this is KidneyTexas, Inc.’s 25th anniversary and the event will be celebrated with a Silver Jubilee on Tuesday, September 24, 2024 at the Brook Hollow Golf Club.

The morning will begin with a champagne reception followed by a program and runway fashion show produced by Jan Strimple Productions, which is always a fabulous event including fun surprises. There will be a live auction, raffle and award presentations. It is all topped off with a delicious luncheon.

All of the funds raised stay in North Texas and benefit Baylor Scott and White Health Foundation, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Methodist Health System Foundation, National Kidney Foundation/Camp Reynal, Southwest Transplant Alliance and Texas Health Resources Foundation.

Underwriting and sponsorships are available now beginning at $5,000. Individual tickets are $500 and $1,000 with different benefits.   Visit the web site at, email or call 214-891-0896.

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 disease impacts approximately 35.5 million people in the United States today. Groups at high risk include African Americans, Hispanics, senior citizens and people with diabetes. In Texas as of 2023, there are over 50,000 people on dialysis and 8,294 people on a transplant list. There were 2,394 kidney transplants in Texas in 2022.  

History: Since 1999, the dedicated volunteers of KidneyTexas, Inc. have worked in tandem with our generous underwriters to raise over $4.7 million for local efforts to improve the ability to diagnose and manage kidney disease. 

Each fall KidneyTexas, Inc. hosts its Luncheon & Fashion Show 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. Your support is crucial to the success of our mission.

 Photos by Rob Wythe/Wythe Portrait Studio

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