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.

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


Past Champion of Hope Award Winners:

David Andrews
Representative Chris Afendoulis
Senator Jim Ananich
Representative John Bizon, M.D.
Guy D. Briggs
State Representative Mike Callton, D.C.
M. David Campbell
Representative Edward Canfield, D.O.
Representative Bruce Caswell
Jean Chabut
Senator Deborah Cherry
Representative George Cushingberry Jr.
State Representative Brandon Dillon
Senator Robert Emerson
Mark T. Gaffney
Senator Tom George
Representative John Gleason
State Senator Vincent Gregory
Representative Richard Hammel
Senator Beverly Hammerstrom
Elizabeth Haar
James K. Haveman
Senator Curtis Hertel
State Senator Morris Hood, III
Michael R. Hourani, M.D.
Senator Gilda Jacobs
Representative John Jamian
Rafael Javier, M.D.
Senator Shirley Johnson
Spencer C. Johnson
Senator Roger Kahn, MD
Representative Lesia Liss
Senator Peter MacGregor
State Representative Matt Lori
State Senator Jim Marleau
Representative Lynne Martinez
Representative Gary McDowell
Representative Candice Miller
State Senator John Moolenaar
Stanton (Stan) Moore
Senator Morris W. Hood III
Representative Mickey Mortimer
Richard Murdock
Representative Michael C. Murphy
Senator Raymond M. Murphy
Representative Gary Newell
Senator John Pappageorge
Carl Rapson
Senator Randy Richardville
Senator John J. H. Schwarz, M.D.
Senator Martha G. Scott
Representative Judith Scranton
Paul Seldenright
Representative Alma Wheeler Smith
Senator Tony Stamas
Representative Robert VerHeulen
Representative Gretchen Whitmer
Senator Gerald Van Woerkom
Rick Wright






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.

Click here for a list of sponsorship opportunities.