Dance Gala to Benefit Team Wisconsin
MADISON - The National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin is hosting the Spotlight on Life Gala on Saturday, Jan. 29 to shine the spotlight on the 1,700 men, women and children in Wisconsin who are still waiting for a life-saving transplant, and to draw attention to the critical need to increase organ, tissue and eye donation.
The gala, which will be held at Milwaukee's InterContinental Hotel, will feature a dance competition, similar to the popular television show Dancing with the Stars.
Instead of Hollywood celebrities, the competitors will include leaders from several of Wisconsin's top medical and research institutions paired with professional dancers.
Representing UW Health will be UW Hospital and Clinics President and CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky, and Dr. Anthony D'Alessandro, medical director of UW Health's Organ Procurement Organization and interim chair of the UW Health Transplant Program. Both have been training with the Fred Astaire Studios in preparation for their dancing debut.
"This event provides the opportunity for some friendly competition between the Wisconsin transplant and donation professionals, and creates a wonderful framework for highlighting the importance of organ donation," commented Dr. D'Alessandro.
Prizes will be awarded in two categories: Dancer Awards and the Spotlight on Life Awards. Celebrity judges will determine the winners of the Dancer Awards based on the dancers' style, technique and execution of the dance routine.
The Spotlight on Life Award is given to the institution earning the most votes through online submissions and at the gala.
Proceeds from the evening will support members of Team Wisconsin who will be attending the next U.S. Transplant Games. The U. S. Transplant games brings together transplant recipients, living donors and donor families to bond with each other and to celebrate the success of transplantation, and remind the entire nation of the beautiful gift of organ, tissue and eye donation.
"I also appreciate that the funds raised will go to support Team Wisconsin. As one of the largest teams in the nation, these funds will help them continue their success at the 2012 NKF U.S. Transplant Games," concluded Dr. D'Alessandro.
Date Published: 01/18/2011