LAS VEGAS— Nevada Donor Network (NDN) hosted its annual Inspire Gala at the Waldorf Astoria on Saturday, Aug. 28 raising more than $450,000 to support its mission to maximize the gift of life and health through organ, eye and tissue donation. Attendees enjoyed a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, a three-course plated dinner and live entertainment from the ladies of Fantasy and ‘The Voice’ season 12 winner, Chris Blue.
An emotional and heartfelt evening welcomed family members of donor heroes and organ transplant recipients alike alongside community leaders, friends and supporters of NDN. Several community members were honored with awards during the gala including:
Governor’s Award – Vegas Golden Knights
Life Award – The Jimmerson Family, in honor of donor hero Jacob Jimmerson
Strength Award – Massiel Smith
Hope Award – UMC Transplantation Center
The event also showcased the importance of expanding Nevada’s transplantation capabilities. Funds raised at the Inspire Gala will go towards Nevada Donor Network Foundation’s “End the Wait” campaign, a capital campaign aimed at raising $35 million to develop a transplant institute in Nevada. Funding will help expand the current kidney transplant program and create a new liver transplant program in its initial two years.
Through the “End the Wait” campaign, Nevada residents would no longer have to seek life-saving care in surrounding states; they would be able to be evaluated, transplanted, and cared for locally while bringing hope to the 593 local Nevadans currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant.
For more information about NDN or to register to become an organ, eye and tissue donor, please visit www.nvdonor.org/. To view photos from the Inspire Gala click here.
About Nevada Donor Network
Nevada Donor Network is a federally designated 501©(3) not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) committed to maximizing the gift of life and health through organ and tissue donation. Established in 1987, Nevada Donor Network is one of only 57 OPOs in the U.S. serving more than three million people in the state of Nevada and 110,000 potential transplant recipients across the country. They work collaboratively with hospital staff and community partners to promote research and provide a strong support network to courageous
donor families who’ve turned loss into hope. At Nevada Donor Network, they encourage Nevadans to help individuals in need of life-saving transplants through education, research and action. Nevada Donor Network is a member of Donate Life Nevada, an affiliate of Donate Life America, whose state-wide efforts encourage Nevadans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. For more information, please visit www.nvdonor.org/