Thank to all of the sponsors, patients, caregivers, friends, families and other supporters of The Hope Affair 2021.  The Hope Affair was truly a night to remember, and we are so grateful that we were able to share this event with so many people across the country and across the world! We would especially like to salute our honorees: Sadallah Alhaj, Jeremy Smith and Leigh-Ann Williams. Your stories are inspiring and we thank you for sharing them with us.

If you didn’t have a chance to attend the event or if you would like to share with family and friends, we have posted the event video below.

Thank you again to our wonderful kidney community for the past 50 years, and we are looking forward to the next 50!

We look forward to seeing you all for The Hope Affair 2022!

Date and Time

The Hope Affair 2021 (virtual event)
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Time: 7:30 p.m. EDT

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Sponsor Information

Click here to view sponsorship opportunities

For more information, please contact Megan Harbold at 240.292.7067 or

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2021 Honorees

Sadallah Alhaj - Calendar Kids Art Contest Winner

Each year the public selects the cover of AKF’s calendar. The Calendar Kids Art Contest has been providing a creative outlet and national recognition for children living with kidney disease for 26 years.

Jeremy Smith - KidneyNation Excellence Award

This award is presented to a member of our fundraising community whose commitment to the cause of helping kidney patients and increasing awareness of kidney disease is an inspiration to others.

Leigh-Ann Williams - Hero of Hope Award

This award is presented to a patient whose life is a testament to hope in the face of kidney disease.

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2021 Event Sponsors

Diamond sponsor

Gold sponsor

Silver sponsor

Bronze sponsor

Teal sponsors

Crystal sponsor

Turquoise Sponsors

Circle of Friends


BGR Group

Cigna Healthcare

Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP


The Choice

Mutual of America


Warren & Gail Wick

Larry H. Warren>



LaVarne A. Burton

The Honorable Donna M. Christensen, MD

Julie Wright Nunes, MD

John F. Hanley, CFA

Shawn & Louise Hendon

Jerry D. Klepner

Pamela W. McNamara

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