March 28th, 2019
Cocktail Hour - Silent Auction - Dinner - Opera

An elegant gala fundraiser held in Cedar Rapids, local to the inception of research for C3G, a rare renal disease. Fundraising efforts from this event will go to Kidneeds through the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.


Our event would not be complete without our entertainment. Introducing our emcee for the evening, Miss Iowa 2018, Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw and our headlining performer, professional soprano, Jessica Pray Patel.

Jessica Pray Patel
Professional Soprano

Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw
Miss Iowa

Thank you to our Sponsors

Mezzosoprano Sponsor



A Night at the Opera is a fundraising gala hosted by a special committee of dedicated volunteers that is unaffiliated with Kidneeds and the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. The proceeds from the funds raised at the gala will be donated to Kidneeds, a donor fund held at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

Kidneeds' goal is to stimulate research that will lead to a treatment for C3G. To reach this goal, Kidneeds funds scientists around the world to study DDD and C3GN.

Kidneeds is dedicated to the study of Dense Deposit Disease (DDD) and C3 Glomerulopathy (C3GN). DDD and C3GN are sub-types of C3 glomerulopathy (C3G). C3G is caused by dysregulation of the alternative pathway of complement. About half of people with C3G progress to end stage renal failure disease (ESRD) within 10 years of diagnosis. Transplant recipients risk recurrence of disease in their allografts.

Child In Hospital Bed
Nurse And Patient In Waiting Room
Taking blood pressue
Nurse Checking Girl
Scientist in the Lab
Science Lab Student
Medical form with stethoscope
Mother and Son

Contact the Gala Planning Committee

Emily Primozich

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