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Publication: EPILEPSY FOUNDATION OF FLORIDA WINS $25,000 PRIZE

Sunday, May 08, 2011

EPILEPSY FOUNDATION OF FLORIDA WINS $25,000 PRIZE FROM CHASE;
SEEKS COMMUNITY SUPPORT TOWARD $500,000 GRAND PRIZE

The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF) was awarded $25,000 in the first round of the Chase Community Giving Spring 2011 program, and is seeking community support to win the program’s $500,000 grand prize.

EFOF was one of 100 first round winners nationally in the Chase Community Giving’s Big Idea program, in which hundreds of thousands of charities communicated their mission and solicited votes on Facebook.  EFOF was rewarded by voters for its leading role in the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome challenges created by epilepsy.

“We are very grateful for the support we received from voters and of course from Chase Community Giving,” said Karen Basha Egozi, EFOF chief executive officer. “This generous donation will help make an impact on the community, by helping improve the lives of so many of our friends and families who suffer with epilepsy and seizures. And winning the grand prize of half a million dollars would provide a huge boost in these efforts.  We hope everyone will take just one minute out of their day and vote for us when the second round of voting begins on May 19th.”


EFOF provides a wide range of services for Floridians who are diagnosed with epilepsy and seizure disorders.  In addition to prevention and education, EFOF provides direct medical and neuropsychological care, advocacy and counseling, and other services.

Round 2 of the Chase Community Giving’s Big Idea program begins May 19th and continues for only seven days through May 25th.  EFOF’s chance at $500,000 will be based on the number of votes the organization receives on the Facebook page.  Egozi estimates that nearly 200,000 Facebook votes will be necessary to win.

More than 375,000 Floridians are stricken with epilepsy and seizure disorders, and about 42,000 people die each year nationally due to seizures and related causes.

For more information on the EFOF and its services, call 877-553-7453 or visit
www.EpilepsyFLA.org.