Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
Hit a Home Run for Epilepsy at the Gingerbread City Gala
As National Epilepsy Awareness Month draws to an end, the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County is gearing up to host a gala to benefit the over 50,000 people affected by the chronic neurological disorder in San Diego alone.
Nationwide, approximately 3 million people are affected by seizures, more than cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease combined.
On Thursday, December 1, the Foundation invites you to “hit a home run for epilepsy” at their Gingerbread City gala in honor of Jeff Moorad, Vice Chairman and CEO of the San Diego Padres and an advocate for epilepsy awareness.
Gala Chair Tony Coelho, a former United States congressman from California who is living with epilepsy, authored the Americans with Disabilities Act, widely recognized as the most important piece of civil rights legislation in the last 40 years.
“We’ve got gingerbread structures that weigh up to 500 pounds,” says event and outreach coordinator Hannah Williams. “The top two winners of the grand competition will be featured at the Mingei International Museum of folk art and craft design and then delivered to the homes of the auction winners. We also have 15 celebrity chefs that host intimate tastings at the gala.”
Preview the craft gingerbread houses on KUSI this Sunday at 9 a.m. with Leonard Simpson.
The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Del Mar.
Admission starts at $250 and benefits the Epilepsy Foundation's free programs and services which include family and teen programs, scholarships for college, camps for children and teenagers, and individual and family counseling.
From the website:
The Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County leads the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy.
The Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to the prevention and control of epilepsy and its consequences, and to helping families overcome the problems associated with this condition.
We have been serving the San Diego community since 1954, offering personal counseling, education and a variety of supportive services. All these services are free and are available to anyone whose life is touched by epilepsy, regardless of the severity of the disability and without regard to race, creed, age, sex or nationality.