3rd Annual Gift of Life Benefit – Tickets Available Now!

The Dennis Bligen Kidney Foundation is proud to announce it’s 3rd Annual Gift of Life Benefit! The gala will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY. We will be honoring those who “Give and Help Live” through kidney donation, as well as presenting Dr. Clive O. Callender, surgeon and professor at Howard University, with the Humanitarian Award.

The proceeds from the benefit will be donated to The National Kidney Registry, Mt. Sinai RMTI, and the National Minority Organ/Tissue Transplant Education Program. Join us for a chance to meet NFL legends, enjoy a poolside cocktail reception, and support bringing awareness about chronic kidney disease to minority communities.

See the invitation below for information concerning ticket prices. Tickets can be purchased via the “Donate” button in the left column of our site.

DBKF Invitation 2014

Mt. Sinai Newsletter Features Dennis Bligen

Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York has been a long-time partner of the Dennis Bligen Kidney Foundation. Last year, Dennis Bligen, the former NY Jets running back who inspired the starting of the DBKF, was featured on the cover of the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute (RMTI) newsletter. He was able to receive a kidney via a kidney swap chain, all thanks to a donation from his friend, Jill Christensen. The story can be found here.

Health Fair Extravaganza in August

The DBKF is adding a new event to its roster in order to continue spreading awareness about chronic kidney disease: a health fair extravaganza! We hope you will join us on Saturday, August 9th in New York City to learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We’re partnering with Mt. Sinai Medical Center’s Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute and there will be representatives from the National Kidney Foundation and the National Kidney Registry. Physicians and a dietitian will be available for consultations, healthy food will be on sale, and there are sure to be fun activities for the whole family.

Health Fair Extravaganza

Thank You to Our Supporters!

The DBKF would like to take a moment to thank the many volunteers, donors, and supporters who continuously show their love and support for the work we do. To honor our supporters, we hosted an appreciation dinner this February at the Sly Fox Inn in New York. Bellow are a few photos from the event. Feel free to check out the full gallery on our Facebook page.

“Gift of Life” Benefit Tickets On Sale Now!

Join us for our 2nd annual Gift of Life Benefit on Thursday, September 26, 2013. Tickets are now on sale via Pay Pal; just click “Donate” on the left hand bar of the page. The evening will include food, drinks, live entertainment and raffle prizes.

Come dance, mix and mingle, and enjoy great company in a fabulous environment!

General Seating 

Individual- $200

Couple- $375

Full Table (10 seats) – $1,800

Premium Seating

Individual- $275

Couple- $500

Full Table (10 seats)- $2,300

Premium PLUS (10 seats)- $5,000

Have a business or want to offer your congratulations to the foundation? Then buy an ad in our souvenir journal.

Souvenir Journal Advertisements

Back Cover- $700

Full Page- $500

Half Page- $300

Quarter Page- $175

Business Card- $100

Save the Date! 2nd Annual DBKF Gift of Life Benefit

It’s that time of year again! Save the date for the Dennis Bligen Kidney Foundation’s 2nd annual Gift of Life Benefit. The benefit will hosted once again at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 6pm until 11pm. Look for information about tickets in the upcoming weeks!

DBKF Benefit Save the Date .

Saturday, April 6, The Second Annual DBKF Walk-A-Thon Comes to a City Near You!

2013 5K Walk-A-Thon
12 – 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
NYC ~ Philadelphia ~ DC

Our annual walk-a-thon is a fun-filled activity for everyone interested in combating kidney disease.

*** UPDATE*** In New York, the time and location have changed. The walk will start at 9 a.m. at Riverside Par (116th and Riverside Drive). Please spread the word – see you on April 6th!

GOAL: It is our hope that each fundraising sponsor will raise at least $500


1. Participants may start collecting pledges as soon as they receive the pledge sheets. Contact a local representative for the 2013 Pledge Form.  

Reminder: The 2013 Pledge Forms need to be turned in on walk-a-thon day, Saturday, April 6, 2013. (Please keep a copy for your own records.)  

2. Pledges may be made by anyone. Please ask everyone who pledges if their company has a matching gift policy, if so, this will double their contribution. 

3. Sponsors making a pledge should write their own name and pledge per kilometer or fixed pledge amount. Participants may collect the pledge in advance and turn them in, along with the pledge sheets on the day of the walk-a-thon. 

4. Please return all final funds pledged and final pledge sheets to THE DENNIS BLIGEN KIDNEYFOUNDATION, Inc. no later than April 30, 2013. 

P.O. Box 1358, Triborough Station
New York, New York 10035 

For questions or concerns, or to volunteer, send us an email at DBKFoundation@gmail.com or call us at 646-670-8695. Feel free to “Like” us on Facebook at DBFoundation! 

Simple Ways to Raise Money 

  • If your employer permits, post Event signs and brochures in employee gathering areas such as your company lunchroom, restroom, elevator, mail room, etc.
  • Ask for donations to honor a friend, family member or co-worker who has been affected by kidney disease or is a transplant recipient.
  • Ask friends and family to help widen your sphere of involvement by taking a pledge form to solicit donations.
  • Involve a neighboring company or business located near your workplace in a Kidney Walkathon competition.
  •  Ask 10 people for $20. That’s $200! Ask 25 people for $20. That’s $500!!


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