Event Showcases Talent to Benefit Tennesseans with Kidney Disease

January 21, 2013—Nashville, TN — The Tennessee Kidney Foundation will host “Tennessee Kidney Foundation’s Got Talent” on March 23, 2013 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel as part of their annual Kidney Kaper fundraising event.
Jennifer Carr, TKF Events Director says, “The Kidney Kaper is a Nashville tradition that started in 1986. This special event which benefits so many of our Tennessee neighbors is open to the general public. We would love for everyone to attend.”
“We rely on the Kidney Kaper to fund many of the programs and activities at the Tennessee Kidney Foundation. For example, just last year, we provided $131,000 of emergency financial assistance to over 4,200 patients. We conducted free health screenings to nearly 387 Tennesseans at a cost of over $15,000 to our organization. We want the public to know that this evening of entertainment is for a wonderful cause; it funds the programs that impact the lives of Tennesseans with kidney disease who may not have another resource for help,” states Teresa Davidson, CEO of the Tennessee Kidney Foundation.
Attendees at the Kidney Kaper will enjoy an evening of entertainment beginning with a cocktail hour and a silent auction followed by an elegant dinner and a variety talent show. To purchase a ticket or to sponsor the event, please contact Jennifer.C@tennesseekidneyfoundation.org .
To enter the Tennessee Kidney Foundation’s Got Talent competition with a chance to win $1,000, performers who have a link to kidney disease are urged to email Jennifer.C@tennesseekidneyfoundation.org with their name, contact information, a brief bio and a YouTube video of their talent in one of the following categories: Individual Singer/Musician, Musical Group or Duo, Dance, and Other. The YouTube performances will be judged by the Kidney Kaper Committee and the top performers will be chosen to perform the night of the Kidney Kaper. The grand prize winner will receive $1,000.
Kidney disease is a silent killer. There are often no symptoms leading to kidney failure. Today there are 231,269 Tennesseans are at risk for kidney disease. Many don’t know that diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney failure. As of December 31, 2012, more than 9,000 Tennesseans were receiving dialysis in order to live. 2,484 of those people were new to dialysis in 2011.