We are looking forward to virtually gathering together on Wednesday, October 20 to celebrate The Hope Affair 2021, our national, annual gala, as we honor the people who inspire us in the fight against kidney disease. For the past 12 years, we have come together on this night to celebrate our honorees, thank our sponsors, and update our guests on what the American Kidney Fund (AKF) has accomplished since we last saw each other. The Hope Affair is one of the highlights of the year for AKF and the entire renal community.

Although we can’t be together in person, our kidney community is strong, and we know that coming together as one voice for kidney patients is important. We hope you can join us this special year, celebrating patient milestones and our award winners, as well as AKF’s 50th anniversary!

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 MHarbold@kidneyfund.org.

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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



Julie Wright Nunes, MD

LaVarne A. Burton

The Honorable Donna M. Christensen, MD

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