Epilepsy Event Nets Nearly $120K

Event participants pose for picture

From left, Hon. Susan Dlott, Stanley M. Chesley, Michael Privitera, MD, Jon Zipperstein, and Susan and Chris Muth.

Celebrating Research Innovations for an Epilepsy Cure,” the UC Epilepsy Center’s signature fundraising event, drew more than 380 guests and raised nearly $120,000 November 1 at Embers restaurant in Madeira.

During a party to remember, supporters of the Epilepsy Center gathered for wine, hors d’oeuvres, camaraderie, and a silent auction that featured fine gifts and142 bottles of wine. Funds raised by the event will support the Center’s priority research in the areas of innovative medical and surgical treatments, one of the world’s most sophisticated brain imaging instruments, and the link between emotional stress and epilepsy.

“Celebrating Research Innovations” has enjoyed a meteoric rise. It raised $10,000 its first year and $68,000 in 2008.

“We are so grateful to our sponsors and supporters for our success, especially in this challenging economy,” said event co-chair Susan Muth.

Also co-chairing the event were Jon Zipperstein and Michael Privitera, M.D., Director of the UC Epilepsy Center. Hosts were Pamela and Charles Shor and Jill Johnston. Matthew Citriglia, a Level IV master sommelier, hosted a “sommelier’s tasting room” that featured many exquisite wines. Major sponsors included the Shors and Fifth Third Bank. Embers restaurant donated use of the facility and all of the food.

Special guest was Susan Axelrod, President and founder of Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE). Axelrod, whose oldest child, Lauren, began having uncontrollable seizures at 7 months of age, has made numerous television appearances and recently wrote a personal essay about her family’s experience with epilepsy for Newsweek.

The UC Epilepsy Center is the region’s only center to have earned a Level IV rating, the highest possible, from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. The UC Epilepsy Center provides comprehensive evaluations to patients who have, or are thought to have, epilepsy. An exceptional feature of the program is the high-tech inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit. The center also offers a New-Onset Seizure Clinic, where a person who has experienced a seizure can see an epilepsy specialist right away.

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