Will Akins, Ruth Fortney and Chelsea Fortney

Chuck and Stacie Smith with Sally and Richard Balch

Carla Massara, Leslie Wazbinski and Andrea Ashby

The Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Inc. welcomed 120 guests to its Summer Soiree event at the Music Box Supper Club.
The evening on the waterfront featured a buffet dinner, dessert, a silent auction, raffles and live music from Blu Monsoon. Event sponsors The Fortney Foundation, Centers for Dialysis Care and Excalibur Auto Body, Inc. helped to raised nearly $30,000 to benefit patients with kidney disease. Laura Reifschneider served as committee chair for the event.
The Kidney Foundation of Ohio is dedicated to providing direct assistance to individuals with kidney disease and to promoting and providing educational programming for the general public and renal professionals, as well as for patients and their families. The organization serves 32 counties in northern and eastern Ohio and supports two affiliate chapters in Lake and Summit Counties. The Ohio-based health and human services agency continues to provide direct dollars to patients to help them through the devastation of kidney disease. STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC EAKIN