Champion of Hope Tribute Dinner

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We are living in extraordinary times as we adjust personally and professionally to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. In light of the recent CDC recommendations on public gatherings, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan has made the decision to cancel our 2020 Champion of Hope Tribute Dinner. We hope to see you in 2021! 


The Champion of Hope Awards honor outstanding contributions in the fields of health care and public policy in Michigan. Since 1997, the Champion of Hope Tribute Dinner has recognized dozens of influential changemakers across Michigan, including Governor Whitmer, a 2004 Champion of Hope recipient.

2020 Champion of Hope Legislative Honorees:

Senator Mike Shirkey
Senator Sylvia Santana

Keynote Speaker:

Director Robert Gordon
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Legislative Host Committee:

Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr.
Senator Peter MacGregor
Representative Mary Whiteford
Representative Jewell Jones

Kindly contact Ryder Comstock at [email protected] or 734.222.9800 ex. 208 with any questions. 

Innovations in Health Care Awards

Each year the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and its partners offer awards for innovative treatment or prevention programs at the Champion of Hope Tribute Dinner. The awards are presented to programs across the state that stimulate change, awareness, or improve quality of healthcare. Applicants from the healthcare sector, community at large, educational systems, and health plans are encouraged to apply. You can find out more information on the Innovations in Health Care page.

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