"The Importance of One" - First Annual Epilepsy Gala/Fundraiser To Feature Fantasia Barrino

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Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and the Epilepsy Coalition of NYS, Inc. will co-host their First Annual Epilepsy Gala/Fundraiser on Saturday, November 7, 2009, from 6 - 10pm, at the National Track and Field Armory located in New York City. Featured guest artist for the Gala is American Idol Winner and Grammy-nominated Fantasia Barrino. Honorees are Alan Faneca from the New York Jets, Chanda Gunn, Olympic Goalie, and Florence Griffith-Joyner. The purpose of the gala is to raise awareness through education, advance research, and support the collaboration of area centers to find a cure for epilepsy.

Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and the Epilepsy Coalition of NYS, Inc. will co-host their First Annual Epilepsy Gala/Fundraiser on Saturday, November 7, 2009, from 6 - 10pm, at the National Track and Field Armory located at 216 Fort Washington Avenue and (W. 168th St.). The purpose of the gala is to raise awareness through education, advance research, and support the collaboration of area centers to find a cure for epilepsy.

The Gala event will include food, entertainment, speakers, a silent auction, and honorees. Featured guest artist for the Gala is American Idol Winner and Grammy-nominated Fantasia Barrino, as well as the Young People's Chorus, and Jim Papoulis from the local area. Honorees are Alan Faneca from the New York Jets, Chanda Gunn, Olympic Goalie, and Florence Griffith-Joyner, Olympic Runner (honored posthumously). Al Joyner will accept the award on behalf of Florence Griffith-Joyner. Tickets/Donations are on sale starting at $75 now through the website at http://www.theimportanceofone-epilepsygala.com.

The Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (CCEC) under the Department of Neurology at Columbia University in New York City is dedicated to the care of people with epilepsy. The Center offers state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatment for the management of epilepsy in adults, adolescents and teens, and children. The Center's goal is to help patients gain control of seizures and optimize their quality of life. And, the Epilepsy Coalition of New York State, Inc. is the state's leading advocate for people with epilepsy & the organizations that support them by improving the epilepsy service system throughout the state. The goal of the Coalition's activities is to improve the quality of life of individuals with epilepsy and their family members.

For more information regarding tickets and donations, please visit the Gala website at http://www.theimportanceofone-epilepsygala.com. Or, contact Peter Proctor, senior organizer, at peterproctor (at) theimportanceofone-epilepsygala (dot) com.

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