Longtime volunteer and leader in kidney health to receive organization’s most prestigious award
New York, NY - October 19, 2022 - National Kidney Foundation (NKF) presented its highest honor to one of the organizations most important, long-standing volunteers. Arthur P. Pasquarella, a former chairperson of the NKF National Board of Directors, received the Martin Wagner Award for his many years of service and support of kidney patients across the country.
Pasquarella, a passionate advocate for organ donation has a history of fighting kidney disease. His father, Valentino H. Pasquarella, Sr., received a kidney transplant in the mid-1990s and Art donated a kidney to his brother, Val, Jr., in 2010. He served as NKF Board President from 2015 to 2018 and has been a leader on the charity’s board since 2011.
He originally volunteered for NKF in 2006 as Delaware Valley Pennsylvania Board member. Later, he served as the 2010-2012 Chair of the Foundation’s Delaware Valley Board and as Development Committee Chair for the National Board. Additionally, he is former Chair of the Board of Directors of Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Flourtown, Pennsylvania.
“Art is one of the single most impactful leaders in NKF history,” said Kevin Longino, chief executive officer of NKF and a kidney transplant recipient. “I cannot express how much Art has meant to me personally, to our work and to the lives of countless families facing kidney disease. This award is only given in the most special circumstances and there is no more deserving person than Art.”
A resident of Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania, Pasquarella is a principal and Chief Operating Officer of Equus Capital Partners, Ltd., a nationwide real estate investment company based in the Philadelphia area. He holds a M.S. in Real Estate Appraisal and Investment Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. in Finance from Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the Counselors of Real Estate and served as 2010 Chair of its National Board of Directors.
The Martin Wagner Award, NKF’s most prestigious honor for volunteers, recognizes those individuals who have given countless hours on behalf of its programs and devoted themselves to helping the foundation reach its goals and serve the people who could benefit from its service.
First presented in 1975, the Wagner Award is the highest honor the Foundation can bestow on a lay volunteer. Martin Wagner was a resident of Queens Village, New York. His son suffered from childhood nephrosis. Along with other parents whose children were also affected, he helped organize The National Nephrosis Foundation, the earliest incarnation of NKF.
Wagner’s dedication and commitment of service to those who suffered from kidney disease spanned 24 years. His loyalty and personal support helped a struggling organization through its growing pains into the vital organization it is today.
“People who receive this award have proven themselves as exceptional volunteers of the Foundation,” Longino added. “ Art Pasquarella has set a new standard of exceptional volunteers.”
The award was presented to Pasquarella during last week’s NKF national board of directors meeting.
About National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive, and longstanding patient-centric organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease in the U.S. For more information about NKF, visit www.kidney.org.