22nd Annual Casino Night Benefiting the National Kidney Foundation

Annual Event Raises Funds and Awareness for Kidney Disease in the Washington DC Area

WHAT: Casino Night, a signature event of the National Kidney Foundation, attracts a diverse group of guests from the business, medical and philanthropic communities in the Greater Washington, DC region. A black-tie optional event with a Mardi Gras Carnival theme featuring an evening of casino-style gaming including blackjack, roulette, craps, a money wheel and a Nintendo Wii Guitar Hero Tournament. There will also be premier silent auction items, complimentary beer and wine, hourly spirit tastings, hors d’oeuvres and desserts as well as dance music.

WHO: Honorary Chairs:  LaVar Arrington, former Redskins Player and host of “The LaVar Arrington Show” on 106.7 The Fan, and wife Trish Arrington

Event Chair:  Michael Ruggerio, Senior Director, Government Policy & External Affairs, Astellas US LLC

Special guests:  DC Council Chair Kwame Brown, and DC Council Members Marion Barry and Michael Brown; Ashley Elmore from ABC’s The Bachelor

WHEN: Saturday, February 26, 2011

8:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight

WHERE:        Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

1301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

PRICE: $100 – $175 per person

WHY: The Washington, DC area leads the nation in the prevalence of kidney disease with an estimated 700,000 people affected, nearly 6,000 on dialysis, and more than 1,500 waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant. According to Honorary Chair, LaVar Arrington, “Kidney disease is an epidemic affecting our hometown.” Honorary Chair Trishia Arrington added, “We need to get the word out that kidney disease is treatable if detected in its early stages. People need to get tested to know their kidney function.”  Casino Night raises funds to support medical research, patient and community services, professional education, and organ donation awareness.

Contact:          Paul McGinley or Michele Anthony

202-244-7900 ext. 15 or 29

paul.mcginley@kidney.org

michele.anthony@kidney.org

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