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(Philadelphia, PA) -- March 22, 2013 -- On Saturday, March 9th, over 450 guests attended the National Kidney Foundation's 29th Annual Kidney Ball, at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia. The ball is one of the organization's largest annual fundraisers and raised over $375,000 for the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease in the Delaware Valley.
However, one Kidney Ball attendee had an especially unique night.
Tina DelGuidice -- winner of two Kidney Ball tickets, a one-night stay at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, and an introduction to Kidney Ball honoree Bobby Rydell -- described the evening as a "magnificent dream come true." DelGuidice, a mother of four from Haddon Heights, NJ, and a Bobby Rydell fan since she "was in a high chair", won tickets through the honoree's Fan Club Contest. Beside her love for Bobby, she also has a personal connection to organ donation.
"Being a living kidney donor, the NKF's mission to create awareness to keep your kidneys healthy and to help those who suffer from the debilitating disease is close to my heart," DelGuidice said. DelGuidice donated one of her kidneys to her step father three years ago, and calls herself a "walking example" of a healthy, normal life after a living organ donation.
Each year the NKF selects a volunteer and physician to honor who has championed our mission and is dedicated to helping those with kidney disease. This year's gala honored transplant recipient and 1960s teen sensation Bobby Rydell, nephrologist Dr. Frank McCusker, and Questcor Pharmaceuticals.
"The Kidney Ball boosted my spirit to continue to be an advocate for living kidney donation. I'm thankful I was present with the honorees of the evening and able share in the gratitude for the work they do," DelGuidice said.
In addition to honoree Bobby Rydell, the Kidney Ball also welcomed local celebrities like guitarist Dweezil Zappa, Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz of NBC 10, recently crowned Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA Ebone Jimerson, Patty Jackson of WDAS, former NFL player Joe Fields, emcee of the evening Sue Serio from Fox 29, and many more.
The Kidney Ball was sponsored by Questcor, DaVita, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, BPG Properties LTD, Vitaquest, ABKCO Records, and many more.
The National Kidney Foundation seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation. For more information on the 29th Annual Kidney Ball and the NKFDV, visit www.nkfdv.org.