(Featured photo: Nancy Greenbach, President, KidneyTexas, Inc.; Venise Stuart, Luncheon Chair and Tea Hostess; Christian Iles, Tea Chair, Donna Arp Weitzman, Tea Underwriter and Sponsor.)*
KidneyTexas, Inc. celebrated its first get together of the year as Venise Stuart, chair of the 2023 KidneyTexas, Inc. Fashion Show and Luncheon Cultivate and Educate, hosted the nonprofit’s March Spring Tea Party in her lovely Highland Park home.
Chaired by Christian Iles, everyone was encouraged to wear hats and the turnout was a stunning standing room only. Christian brought in Donna Arp Weitzman, the 2022 KidneyTexas, Inc. president and co-owner of the Cottonwood Market in Richardson, as the Tea’s sponsor and underwriter.
Nancy Greenbach, KidneyTexas, Inc. 2023 president, welcomed the crowd and thanked Christian, Donna and Venise for their hard work, support and efforts to make this tea such a fabulous event. Keeping in mind that all monies raised by KidneyTexas, Inc. stay in the north Texas area, Nancy emphasized that her goal, and that of the board, is to cultivate and educate. Cultivate our donors by showing our appreciation by keeping them invested in KidneyTexas, Inc. and educate our membership and community on the prevention, technology and treatment of kidney disease. She thanked Christian for being the first male to be on the KidneyTexas, Inc. board and for joining the Men of Kidney, a part of the membership.
Introducing Lexie Adams, RN, BSN, Nancy expressed her appreciation for her hard work on an educational piece for the organization titled Combating Kidney Disease: What Texans Are Up Against. After thanking the crowd for their support, Christian also thanked Chocolate Secrets for their donations of designer chocolates as favors and coffee being served today.
Venise encouraged everyone to mark their calendars for the Fashion Show and Luncheon Cultivate and Educate on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at Brook Hollow Golf Club. The fashion show will be produced by Jan Strimple Productions and Scott Murray will continue his longtime stint as emcee.
Donna drew applause when she announced that everyone will take home their champagne flutes as a favor from Cottonwood Market. She literally took off her hat and presented it to Ramona Jones as a favor from the Market and gave Barbara Bigham a floral wreath, recognizing her as a founding member of KidneyTexas, Inc.
Membership in KidneyTexas, Inc. is open to the community. Benefits include advance invitations to events in private homes, a Spring Tea and Fall Tea, notifications and information about the Fall Luncheon and Fashion Show, annual tour of Camp Reynal, which is a summer camp especially for youth undergoing dialysis where they have an absolutely fun time just like at a normal summer camp and more.
Each and every year, more people die from kidney disease than from breast cancer or prostate cancer and thousands more, including both children and adults, are profoundly affected by the tremendous physical, financial and emotional toll brought on by kidney disease.
Thanks to the efforts of KidneyTexas, Inc., we are transforming lives: north Texans living with kidney disease and the diseases our research impacts have reason to hope for a better life. Since its founding in 1999, KidneyTexas, Inc. has provided $4.6 million in local funding to help in the search for a cure, to promote research, enhance treatment and support quality renal care in our community.
Mission Statement: The purpose of KidneyTexas, Inc. is to provide funding to improve the methods of treatment, the search for a cure and prevention of kidney disease and other kindred or contributory diseases; and to develop more adequate provision for the care of persons suffering from such diseases.
Statistics: Debilitating kidney diseases impact approximately 20 million people in the United States today. Groups at high risk include African Americans, Hispanics, senior citizens and people with diabetes. As of March 5, 2023, there are 8,269 candidates in Texas waiting for a kidney transplant. The number of patients on dialysis is anticipated to double this decade.
Learn more about KidneyTexas, Inc. and how to become involved at www.kidneytexas.org
*Photos by Rob Wythe/Wythe Portrait Studio
(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent KidneyTexas, Inc., and its special events for over 10 years and post this Philanthropy Lifestyles Scene.)