Date: November 8, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE NKFF LAKELAND GOLF CLASSIC WAS A SMASHING SUCCESS
HELPING THE NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION RAISE NEARLY $300,000 IN FUNDS
Lakeland, FL (NKFF Golf Classic) The National Kidney Foundation of Florida held its 30th Annual NKFF Golf Classic on October 26th-27th, in Lakeland, Florida at the Eagle Brook Golf Club. Just under 300 golfers participated, helping us raise funds and awareness for kidney patients and their families.
We are grateful to have had the participation of 68 teams in our NKFF Golf Classic! These teams helped the National Kidney Foundation of Florida surpass the financial goal and raise nearly $300,000 in funds for local kidney patients. This makes the NKF of Florida the highest-netting golf tournament in NKF history.
Doug Ray is the 2023 Golf Chair and serves on the Board of Directors. He began his service with NKFF 30 years ago when he participated in the Surf Festival. Soon after, he began helping with his local NKFF golf tournament, raising $13,000 in the first year. The event has grown to include casino night, a live band, and plenty of food and drink.
He says, “I enjoy playing golf, planning the event and I like throwing parties!” More importantly than the enjoyment of the actual event, Doug says “It makes me feel good knowing that the money is going to people truly in need and a lot of people don’t know they have kidney disease. The tournaments help get the message out to a wider audience. It’s one of those pay-it-forward mentalities.”
The NKFF, as a charity, relies on the generosity of sponsors and players to help continue our vital work. Thank you to all the golfers who participated in our fundraising efforts, helping the National Kidney Foundation of Florida to continue leading the fight against chronic kidney disease.
To sponsor the 2024 NKFF Golf Classic on October 24th and 25th, please call our office at (800) 927-9659.
The National Kidney Foundation hosts a wide range of events throughout Florida, including local 5Ks, golf classics, and surfing in Cocoa Beach. To find out more, please visit www.kidney.org or call (800) 927-9659.
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Facts About Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
- 30 million American adults have CKD and millions of others are at increased risk.
- Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.
- Heart disease is the major cause of death for all people with CKD.
- Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the best estimate of kidney function.
- Hypertension causes CKD and CKD causes hypertension.
- Persistent proteinuria (protein in the urine) means CKD is present.
- High risk groups include those with diabetes, hypertension and family history of kidney failure.
- African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, American Indians and seniors are at increased risk.
- Two simple tests can detect CKD: blood pressure, urine albumin and serum creatinine.