Message from the Executive Director
I have enjoyed almost 7 months as the FACES Executive Director and feel completely motivated and inspired by our volunteers, donors and physicians every day. Our FACES team is fully functional – with Luis Valero continuing as Associate Director of Special Events and Communications and new staff members Alyssa Giorgio, Event Manager and Nako Ishii, Project Coordinator. Heather Wall continues to coordinate our FACES Apartments, and Camp/College Scholarship Programs; while Peggy Guinnessey continues to manage our Parent Network.
On Tuesday, March 5, 2013 FACES celebrated our annual Gala at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. Leon and Tzili Charney, pillars of the business and philanthropic communities, served as Gala Chairs, and Leon Charney was the honoree. Roger Erickson served as the Auction Chair and Seth Meyers of Saturday Night Live as the Master of Ceremonies. Funds raised from the evening provide for life-enhancing programs in cutting-edge research, clinical care, education and awareness programs, and community building events. A total of over $4.5M was raised overall, with the silent and live auctions generating almost $700k that evening! A very special thank you to everyone who contributed towards the success of the evening.
The arrival of spring also brings the Epilepsy Conference on Sunday, May 5, 2013 that will be held at NYU Langone Medical Center. Anyone interested in learning about news on epilepsy and seizures – patients, caregivers, parents and medical professionals alike are welcomed to attend.
FACES is also tapping into the power of social media. Check our Facebook and Twitter for new postings about current events and information that involves the epilepsy community. Our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/FACESfriends. Our Twitter page is www.twitter.com/nyuFACES. Continue to watch your inbox for the FACES monthly e-newsletter, insight. In addition to FACES news and community updates, there will also be a highlight focus on epilepsy research initiatives and a healthy receipe from our nutritionist, Courtney Glick, with each monthly edition.
Once again, FACES is happy to extend an opportunity for children to attend summer camp through the Dr. Blanca Vazquez Scholarship. Young people who deal with the daily challenges of living with epilepsy will have a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and have some fun in the sun. We are also excited to introduce two new programs - the FACES College Scholarship Program and the FACES Teen Program. We are delighted to provide financial support for the education of incoming college freshmen affected by epilepsy and are accepting applications through June 17. Back by popular demand, FACES will kick-off their Teen Program on June 9th with a party and lunch at Dave & Buster’s in Times Square. Don’t forget to hold the date for Game Day, which will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Watch for more information during the summer.
The fall will bring a new set of Peace of Mind lectures – with compelling topics like:
- Social Situations and Epilepsy
- Neuropsychological Evaluations and Pediatrics
- Parent Panel
- Epilepsy Success Stories
- Employment and Epilepsy
- Clinical Trials and New Therapies
- Financial Planning and Epilepsy
- Sleep Disorders and Epilepsy
Finally – we are looking to plan the first annual freshFACES event in the fall of 2014, a fundraiser and cocktail party that is sure to be the talk of the town.
The FACES team is always here to be of assistance. Please do not hesitate to contact us.