Kidney Connection To Hold Oct. 14 Fundraiser At Moon Brook

The WNY Kidney Connection will hold its annual fundraising event at Moon Brook Country Club on Saturday, Oct. 14, to assist its living donors with non-medical expenses. Pictured are Pat Hoover, left, and Paul Liuzzo, respective kidney recipient and donor, who arranged a kidney donation through the WNY Kidney Connection and underwent the medical procedure in April. Submitted photo

An area nonprofit that specializes in finding a kidney for those in need of a transplant is once again raising funds to assist those who are on the donation end of the transaction.

The WNY Kidney Connection will host its annual fundraising event at Moon Brook Country Club on Saturday, Oct. 14, beginning at 6 p.m., the proceeds from which will assist living kidney donors with non-medical expenses associated with their procedure.

“These fundraisers have been successful in the past, mainly because of the public awareness that they help bring about,” said Jeanette Ostrom, WNY Kidney Connection president. “The main reason we do this is because we want to do what we can to help the living donors be able to cover the little things like travel, food and lodging expenses that go along with the procedure itself. Those things add up over time and this is a way for us to show some appreciation for what they’ve opted to do.”

The WNY Kidney Connection was founded by Jamestown resident Jeanette Ostrom in 2006 after she successfully found a live kidney donor for her son on, which is a national website. This experience inspired Ostrom to start a regional version of the website to help other individuals in her community.

Since then, the WNY Kidney Connection has successfully navigated 17 individuals through the process of finding and receiving a new kidney courtesy of a living donor volunteer. The three most recent recipients — Steven Smalls, Pat Hoover and Michelle Armentrout — are all Jamestown residents, which Ostrom said has helped raise the Kidney Connection’s profile on the home front.

The Oct. 14 fundraiser will include: appetizers at 6 p.m.; a 6:30 p.m. dinner; live music by local entertainer Joe Caprino, who will be accompanied by Joe Iuculano on accordion; wine tasting with certified wine sommelier Joe Town; and a cash bar throughout the evening.

The cost to attend the fundraiser is $50 per person. To make a reservation contact Ostrom at 450-8958 or

For more information on the WNY Kidney Connection, including its success stories, visit