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The National Kidney Foundation Serving the National Capital Area hosted its 32nd Annual Kidney Ball on November 17 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC and raised more than $800,000 to support its programs in research, prevention, professional and public education, and organ donation awareness. In addition to the awards presentations, the 2012 Kidney Ball featured a reception, gourmet dining, and live and silent auctions. Grammy winning artist Don Felder, former lead guitarist of The Eagles, entertained the 700 guests, who included the region's top business, government, and community leaders, as well as kidney patients and their families. As a special treat for Eagles fans, Felder donated two guitars to the live auction and posed for photos with the winners.
Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser, who donated a kidney to his sister Susan in 1988, prolonging her life by 21 years, received the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award at this year's Kidney Ball. Astellas Pharma U.S. received the Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Award for its enduring commitment of support to the transplant community for over 20 years.
Special guests in attendance at the 2012 Kidney Ball included:
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