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The “most fun black tie event in Metro Detroit” began 11 years ago as a one time event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the NKFM.  Brought back by popular demand, this event hosts more than 800 movers and shakers each year to eat, drink, and be merry.  This festive pre-holiday event features hundreds of unique auction items, including the popular Kids Auction Toy Room, a very animated live auction, and the chance to “buy” a piece of our kids programs.  Guests also enjoy the “Candy Bar” courtesy of Mars Snackfood as well as the rockin’ sounds of Your Generation in Concert featuring Fifty Amp Fuse in the Sound Board. 

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Duane McLean - Executive Vice President, Business Operations, Detroit Tigers
Ed J. Peper - U.S. Vice President, GM Fleet & Commercial

Event Chair
Patrick A. Rugiero - Roman Village Restaurant Group


The Kidney Ball is the signature fundraising event for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. The success the event has had over the last 11 years has been in large part to our generous sponsors. Below is a list of some of the key sponsors for the 2016 Kidney Ball. If you're interested in sponsoring the Kidney Ball in 2016, please contact Lisa Schutz Jelic at or 734-222-9800.



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For more information on tickets or sponsoring the 2016 event contact Lisa Schutz Jelic at or 734-222-9800 ext 210.

Hotel Rooms

The NKFM has reserved a number of rooms at MotorCity Casino Hotel for both Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd. Please use this link to reserve your room at a special rate. The number of rooms are limited.



Auction 1 photoEach year, the Kidney Ball has more than 250 eclectic and unique silent auction items and packages. The energetic live auction is a "must-see" part of the evening. In years past the live auction included items such as an at-home feast prepared by an Executive Chef for you and seven friends, Detroit Tigers experience packages, Broadway Show tickets, and a week in a castle in Italy.  

Auction 2 photoIf you're interested in donating a tax deductible item, package, or experience to the Kidney Ball auction, please contact Sharon Hardin at or 734-222-9800 ext 209.