It was that time of year again, time for the St. Louis areas biggest Kidney supporters gathered for a night of food, drinks, auctions, and a program honoring those on the front lines on kidney disease. The National Kidney Foundation is in its 31st year, and this year they brought it back to why it started. There was no theme, just a splash of orange to the cocktail attire, so they could focus on raising critical funds for kidney disease research and patients. KMOX sports Tom Ackerman & Chris Hrabe served as the emcee and auctioneer again this year. Dr.Daniel Brennan was awarded the 2017 Award of Excellence. He recently left a long career with Washington University and Barnes Jewish Hospital to take the position of Medical Co-Director for the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. Sandhya Vollala served as gala chairwoman. The Gift of Life Speaker was Amanda Ratz.