Gentle Dental Group Encourages South Floridians to support the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida During Epilepsy Awareness Month
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA - Oct 31, 2012
As a proud sponsor of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, Gentle Dental encourages everyone to learn more about this condition that affects so many South Floridians and to get involved. Together we can make a difference.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida has two local events planned in celebration of national November Epilepsy Awareness Month. The first is a family friendly party at the Palm Beach Zoo (1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach) on Friday, November 2, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. There will be food, drinks, live music, animal encounters, activities for the kids, raffles and more. The second in the annual "Let's Talk About It" friends and family Thanksgiving style dinner with turkey and all the fixings on Friday, November 9, from 6:00 - 10:00 pm at the Sunrise Civic Center (10610 W Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise). This will be an exciting evening of education, food, dancing and fun. Further information on these and other events can be found on the Foundation website: www.EpilepsyFLA.org. or call 877-553-7453.
About Epilepsy Foundation of Florida
Established in 1971 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), and celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, EFOF serves as the lead advocate for the rights and needs of people with epilepsy and seizure disorders at the local, county and state level. EFOF provides valuable services, regardless of financial situation, to individuals and their families including advocacy, case management, information, referral, support, medical services, neuropsychological services, prevention and education, individual and family counseling, research, resource materials, support groups, and children's camp.
About Gentle Dental
Founded in 1997 and having treated over 430,000 patients, Gentle Dental is the leading provider of dental health services in South Florida. Gentle Dental has 21 convenient locations throughout South Florida and the Treasure Coast, providing Cosmetic Dentistry services, Preventative Dental Treatments, General and Reconstructive Dentistry and Specialty Dentistry. With the motto, "All Dentistry...One Place", the Gentle Dental team is equipped to serve all of your dental needs or wants - under one roof - whether you're looking for general or cosmetic dentistry specialists such as orthodontists, oral surgeons, endodontists, pediatric, periodontists or prosthodontists.
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PRESS RELEASE: October 4, 2012
Day At The Zoo: Town Employee’s Son Helps Promote Epilepsy Fundraiser
By Jane Fetterly (originally published on PalmBeachDailyNews)
“My son Jackson, 7, is excited to one of the faces for the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida,” said Christine Cunningham, lead telecommunications supervisor for the town.
Jackson was diagnosed with the disorder in 2010. Cunningham said she would like to raise awareness about epilepsy and seizure disorders. Each year, it is estimated 45,000 children are diagnosed with epilepsy.
“Not everyone with epilepsy falls to the ground during a seizure,” she added.
Jackson, wearing a purple shirt, is pictured in a poster advertising a day at the Palm Beach Zoo to kick off November as Epilepsy Awareness Month.
The zoo event, from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 2, will feature music, finger foods, animal encounters, prizes, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $50 per adult (includes one child free) and $10 for each additional child. Tickets can be purchased at www.EpilepsyFla.org. The event will raise money to support programs for children and youth.
Epilepsy Foundation of Florida RECEIVES COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT FROM NEW YORK LIFE
Epilepsy Foundation of Florida RECEIVES COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT FROM NEW YORK LIFE
Miami, Florida, January 13, 2011 – Epilepsy Foundation of Florida announced today that it was awarded a $6,000.00 Community Impact Grant from New York Life Insurance Company to support their Cup Cake project.
“We are grateful for New York Life’s investment in this program, which will have a lasting effect on the entire community,” said Karen Egozi CFO of the Epilepsy Foundation, “New York Life’s ongoing service has directly benefited many people in Florida.”
“New York Life is proud to support Epilepsy Foundation of Florida in our community that is home to many agents and employees,” said Peter Busse of New York Life in the Miami field office. “It’s gratifying to be able to provide grants to local organizations that help meet the increasing needs of the community. New York Life strongly encourages our people to give their time and talents to help make a difference.”
The Community Impact Grant program, which began in 2008, awards grants of up to $25,000 to local nonprofit organizations which are supported by New York Life agents and employees and address the needs of the community. One hundred and twenty-eight grants totaling over $1.4 million have been awarded since the program’s inception.
New York Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States* and one of the largest life insurers in the world. New York Life has the highest possible financial strength ratings from all four of the major credit rating agencies. Headquartered in New York City, New York Life’s family of companies offers life insurance, retirement income, investments and long-term care insurance. New York Life Investments** provides institutional asset management and retirement plan services. Other New York Life affiliates provide an array of securities products and services, as well as institutional and retail mutual funds. Please visit New York Life’s web site at www.newyorklife.com for more information.
*New York Life is the largest mutual life insurance company based on the Fortune 500, ranked within industries, Insurance: Life, Health (Mutual), Fortune magazine, May 3, 2010.
**New York Life Investments is a service mark used by New York Life Investment Management Holdings LLC and its subsidiary, New York Life Investment Management LLC.
EFOF Says “Welcome Home” To Kids From Epilepsy Week At Camp Boggy Creek
This weekend, the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF) proudly welcomed home children living with epilepsy after a week at Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Florida. “Due to the generous support of the communities in which we live and provide services, the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida raised enough funds to be able to provide 80 kids a life changing experience. For one week, July 15 to July 20, children with epilepsy were surrounded with children just like themselves but the focus wasn’t about living with a seizure disorder – the focus was fun, excitement, empowerment and fellowship. At Camp Boggy Creek, kids with epilepsy get to experience the joy of being just kids, they participate in activities just like anyone else at a summer camp, with hiking, horse-back riding, swimming, singing, boating and more” stated EFOF chief executive officer, Karen Basha Egozi.
“Camp is often the first time children with seizure disorders are on their own, giving them the opportunity to build independence. Playing and interacting with other kids who also have seizure disorders reduces the feelings of fear and isolation” added Ms. Basha Egozi. “These children have the opportunity to engage in activities that are often off-limits, but here they can build confidence in trying new things in an environment specifically designed for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.
Not only does Camp Boggy Creek have the Patch, a state of the art medical facility on its grounds, the Patch is supported by highly qualified and committed medical volunteers. Pat Dean, M.S.N., ARNP, Clinical Coordinator of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Clinic at Miami Children’s Hospital, and immediate past Board President of EFOF, helped to establish a camp for kids with epilepsy in 1986 and she’s been a volunteer at epilepsy week at Boggy Creek since its inception. On her role with the camp, Pat Dean stated, “I’ve always viewed my responsibility to people with epilepsy as extending far beyond the walls of the hospital that I worked in. My responsibility is to help them achieve the highest quality of life in whatever way it takes to do it. Year after year at Camp Boggy Creek, I’ve seen how transformative this experience can be for kids with epilepsy and for their parents. Early in the week, one camper had a seizure in front of other campers and was embarrassed to re-join the group. We took the camper aside and said, “Do you realize that every single camper here has seizures too?” It dawned on the young camper, probably for the very first time, that she was far from alone in her experience, that there were other kids exactly like her and she was surrounded by them. That’s an experience unique to Camp Boggy Creek but is no doubt replicated many times during every epilepsy week, each and every year.”
In addition to the week for kids with epilepsy, Camp Boggy Creek offers a Fall Family Retreat Weekend from October 26 to October 28 where 32 campers and their entire families can enjoy all the camp has to offer while also finding support among other families contending with similar medical and emotional challenges. Interested families should call the Foundation at 305-670-4949 for more information. EFOF conducts fundraising activities throughout the year to send children and their families to Camp Boggy Creek.
Camp Boggy Creek is a permanent, year-round facility where children, ages 7–16, with chronic or life-threatening illnesses can come at no charge to them or their families. The Mission of Camp Boggy Creek is to enrich the lives of children who have chronic or life threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound. At camp, children can enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, arts and crafts, horseback riding, theater, archery, singing, and dancing in specifically equipped facilities. Camp Boggy Creek is a proud member of The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps. To learn more visit www.boggycreek.org.