Kidney Heroes

“Le Gala de la Bonne Vie” honored 25 years of Kidney Heroes, individuals whose efforts and support of the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana have made a difference in the fight against kidney disease. The event, attended by more than 320 patrons, raised $48,000 to provide vital patient and community services, conduct extensive public and professional education campaigns, advocate for patients through legislation and support local research.

The honorees included: Rosa Albert, CH, CCHT; Angelina Ariail; Rev. Terrance August; Jack Badinger; chef René Bajeux; Carolyn and Tunney Barrett; Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN; Sue Cary, MN, RN; Lisa Emboulas Farrell; René J.L. Fransen; Julie Cauvin Hahn; Friedrichs H. Harris Jr., MD, FACP; Cheryl McGee-Hills; Schaffer Mickal; Efrain Reisin, MD, FACP; Kristen Ruel; Kurt Schellhaas; Clinton “Clint” Smith Jr.; Margaret White, BSN, RN; and Jacquelyn “Jackie” Williams, LPN, PCC.

A NKFL logo provided all guests with the opportunity for professional photographs to commemorate the event. Mark Romig served as event emcee and led the live auction, which included a Napa Valley stay, a custom suit by Luca Falcone and a private dinner prepared by chef Jason Walter. 


What: 25th annual “Le Gala de la Bonne Vie,” benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana
When: Sunday, June 14
Where: New Orleans Marriott


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