MIAMI –July 22, 2011 –The JPMorgan Chase Foundation today presented a $45,000 check tothe Epilepsy Foundation of Florida for being among the top vote-getters in round one of Chase’s Community Giving Spring 2011 Program.
EFOF was one of 100 organizations nationwide, and the only one from South Florida, to advance to the final round by earning thousands of votes from Facebook friends and supporters.
EFOF is the only epilepsy-related organization in the country to make it to the finals. The organization’s main office is in the Doral area, and it also has locations in Broward, Palm Beach and other facilities around the state.
The $45,000 was granted as part of EFOF’s climb to the top 25 vote-getters.
“Finishing in the money is exciting and will help so much with our missions to serve thousands of friends, family and neighbors with epilepsy,” said Karen Basha Egozi, EFOF chief executive officer. “We hope everyone in Florida appreciates JPMorgan Chase’s program for investing in our communities.”
In addition to prevention and education services, EFOF provides direct medical and neuropsychological care, advocacy and counseling, and other services to thousands of clients.
Seizure disorders afflict about 3 million people in the United States, and result in about 42,000 deaths each year.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF) was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) and serves as the lead advocate for rights and needs of people with epilepsy and other seizure disorders. In the U.S., about 42,000 people die each year from epilepsy seizures and related causes; (imagine, this is equal to over 100 jumbo jet plane crashes). With offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Gainesville and Pensacola – EFOF provides counseling, education, seizure prevention services along with direct medical and neuropsychological services. EFOF is designated a high value charity; 91% of expenditures go directly to program costs. For more information, visit www.epilepsyfla.org or call 877-553-7453,
Chase serves Florida through 280 branches and more than 15,000 employees. Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. More information about Chase is available at www.chase.com. Chase Community Giving is a program inspiring a new way of corporate philanthropy by encouraging people to vote to help determine which non profits will receive donations from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.