The Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island’s ‘Purple Diamond Gala: A Royal Affair’ To Benefit The Epilepsy Community
November 3, 2011
(Garden City, NY) – The Long Island community is invited to receive the “royal” treatment in showing support for individuals with epilepsy and developmental disabilities by attending The Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island’s ‘Purple Diamond Gala.’ Taking place on Thursday, November 17th at Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage, NY from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., guests will be treated like kings and queens as they are virtually transported to the likes of Buckingham Palace, courtesy of talents and time donated by the Nassau Community College’s Interior and Fashion Design Departments. Patrons will enjoy an evening of regal dining and entertainment, fine cuisine, casino games, dancing and even mingling among Prince William and Duchess Kate look-alikes. The night’s highlights also include a guest mistress of ceremonies and celebrity honoree.
Taking center stage this year as honorees are St. Charles Hospital of Port Jefferson, NY as Corporate Honoree; David Anschel, MD of Rocky Point, NY, Director of Clinical Neurophysiology at St. Charles Hospital, as Professional Honoree; The Garske Family of Wantagh, NY as Family of the Year; and this year’s Community Leadership Award Honoree will be announced.
While the royal red carpet will be rolled out for the leaders who have made great contributions to the epilepsy community, the event is designed to promote awareness and support for the availability of more programs and services to help ensure that people with epilepsy and/or developmental disabilities are given the tools and resources they need to participate in meaningful life experiences.
The regal affair, fittingly held in conjunction with November’s Epilepsy Awareness Month, will feature a variety of high-end raffle prizes from local and national vendors, and Grand Premier prizes offering guests once in a lifetime opportunities.
“Each year, our gala highlights the talents and growth among the individuals we serve as well as the advancement of our Foundation’s programs,” said Tom Hopkins, Executive Director of The Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island. “While we’ve been able to serve more than 11,000 LI families and individuals, more work and awareness is needed. Our agency is faced with the challenge of serving an increasing number of individuals who are in need of our programs while we fill the sizeable funding gap we endured through federal and state budget cuts and a slow economy. Every ounce of support counts and will make a difference. It is our hope that people will take interest in attending this year’s Gala and continue to show support for our important mission.”
Attendance is $300 per person. To attend or become a sponsor for The Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island’s ‘Purple Diamond Gala’, please contact Dolores Frederick at 516-739-7733, ext. 155, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds from Gala attendance, sponsorships and raffle drawings will benefit the vital programs and services that the Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island provides for individuals with epilepsy and other developmental disabilities and their families.
About The Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island
Founded in 1953 by a small group of parents who were determined to see their children lead productive and satisfying lives, The Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island, headquartered in Garden City, NY, provides vital services for people with epilepsy and other developmental disabilities. Its mission is to ensure that people with seizures and/or developmental disabilities are able to participate in all life experiences; and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through research, education, advocacy and services. For more information, please visit www.efli.org or call 516-739-7733 or 888-672-7154.