(Featured photo: Jessica Kolzow, Joshua Kolzow holding selfie stick. In back, Danny Kolzow, a Burl Osborne Awareness Award honoree; Stephanie Aljadeff, Lior Aljadeff.)*
(February 8, 2017 – Dallas, TX) The 7th Annual Bonne Santé Wine and Food Showcase was presented by The Westin Galleria Dallas and benefited the National Kidney Foundation. It was truly an exciting and heartwarming event, raising a record $83,000 just that evening, not including funds raised from tickets, underwriting, sponsorships and other donations, with $35,000 of that total earmarked specifically to send 35 children to Camp Reynal. The camp is held early each summer at Camp John Marc in Meridian, TX, which was built specifically for children with chronic illnesses. Camp Reynal is equipped to take care of children who require daily medication, special diets, and medical treatment such as dialysis.
Hosted by Chef Scott Gottlich of 18th & Vine, Chef William Koval of Lakewood Country Club and Chef Edward Mendoza, the distinguished five-star chef of Cucina 503 in Augusta, Georgia, Bonne Santé is the premier culinary and wine event featuring celebrity chefs from around the country raising funds to fight kidney disease. It featured a food and wine showcase, unique tastings with wine pairings, silent and live auctions and live entertainment. The event continues to grow with the support of chefs representing some of the finest restaurants in our community. Gina Gottlich was sommelier.
Participating chefs were Orlando Apodaca, House of Blues Founders Room; Sous Chef Clyde Yruegas , Nick & Sam’s; Justin Creel, The Oceanaire Seafood Room; Scott Gottlich and Matt Dallman, 18th and Vine Kansas City Barbeque; Samir Dharandhar, Nick & Sam’s; Sarah Hooton, Central Market; William Koval, Lakewood Country Club; Shawn McClain, Sage Restaurant; Edward Mendoza, Cucina 503; Abraham Salum, Komali / Salum; David Smith, The Second Floor and The Westin Galleria Dallas; Donald Chalko and Jason Weaver, Texas Spice, Omni Dallas Hotel; Bruce Wills and Ray Skradzinski, The Table Restaurant; Masa Kurihara, Kabuki.
Special recognition went to Betty Osborne, whose late husband, Burl, is the namesake for the Burl Osborne Awareness Award, which is given each year at the Bonne Santé event. The Burl Osborne Awareness Award recognizes individuals and organizations which have helped advance awareness and understanding of kidneys, kidney disease, and organ donation.
This year the National Kidney Foundation was honored to celebrate the Burl Osborne Awareness Award corporate recipient Davita RX for their outstanding support of the National Kidney Foundation. They have raised over $30,000 in support of the Kidney walk. The Individual Award recipients and dear friends are Danny Kolzow and Graham McMillan. Graham made a video of the day he let his friend Danny know that he would donate his kidney for transplant. That moving video has been viewed by over 871,000 on Facebook alone. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/HLN/videos/vb.194285473950861/1176350985744300/?type=2&theater
The Gift of Life Award was presented to McKamy Tiner. This award is given to individuals who have been involved in the ultimate “gift of life” – a lifesaving transplant. At the time she was 27, McKamy was one of the youngest kidney donors in the United States, donating a kidney to her long time and dear family friend, Ian Arena, who was in dire need. He is a healthy survivor today.
Media sponsors are Addison magazine and The Park Cities News/The Waters Family.
More information about the National Kidney Foundation can be found at www.nkft.org or by calling 214-351-2393, extension 652.
National Kidney Foundation, Inc. (NKF) is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients, and tens of millions of Americans at risk.
* Photos by Daniel Driensky.
(ACPR is honored to represent the National Kidney Foundation’s Bonne Santé Wine and Food Showcase.)