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10th Annual Think Positive Gala - Friday November 13th
New Location: St. Celements Castle, Portland CT
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On Friday, November 13, 2015, the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut will be hosting the 10th annual “Think Positive” Gala at St. Clements Castle in Portland, CT. The Gala is held each year to raise awareness and critically needed funds to improve the lives of people, just like you, but who happen to be living with epilepsy, by providing them and their families with the latest information on research and emerging therapies, vital educational resources, recreational opportunities, unwavering advocacy and invaluable support as we pursue the dream of a cure.

The Gala’s title, “Think Positive”, originated with Kate Bayles, a young woman with epilepsy who was very concerned about increasing awareness of epilepsy and she came up with the idea of creating a bracelet with the Epilepsy Foundation logo and the words, “Think Positive” on the bracelet. The very first Gala was started in 2006 by Kate’s sister, Jennifer, and our organization continues to build upon her efforts.

For the past 9 years, the gala has grown in both participation and in revenue. The first gala had 40 people in attendance and in 2014 there were 162 people celebrating people with epilepsy. The revenue from this event continues has grown from $3,000 to $25,000. The money generated from this event stays in Connecticut and is used to support our programs and services such as advocacy services, support groups, information and referral, public and professional education.

This year’s theme, “Starry Night," celebrates the relationship between the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut and each and every person living with epilepsy. They are each a star in their own right, living their daily lives to their potential. Our “stars” shine brightly, have a voice and a sense of purpose. With your help, we can build awareness of epilepsy and work towards a cure. There are approximately 60,000 people in Connecticut who have epilepsy and an estimated 50,000,000 worldwide. Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder in the United States after Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. It is equal in prevalence to cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease combined. Yet, of major chronic conditions, it is among the least understood even though one in three adults knows someone with the disorder.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut leads the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy. Please consider supporting our organization and joining us as we “Think Positive”.

To purchase a ticket or provide a sponsorship please download the invitation.

Click here to download the 2015 Invitation »
Click here to download the 2015 Reply Card »

Master of Ceremonies Darren Sweeney Meteorologist NBC Connecticut Master of Ceremonies Darren Sweeney Meteorologist NBC Connecticut

2013 Think Positive; Think Purple Gala Raises Over $26,000!

We are pleased to announce the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut's 8th Annual "Think Positive; Think Purple Gala" was a huge success. This year’s event again exceeded all expectations with attendance of over 150 guests and revenue close to $27,000. All guests enjoyed this special evening of celebration. The money raised will be used to inform and educate people about epilepsy so that the stigma which is so prevalent today will become a thing of the past.

Kudos to Kelly Bustos who was the recipient of the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award. We are so proud of her!

We are grateful to our Platinum Sponsor, Hartford Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Dinner Sponsor, Lundbeck, Spotlight Sponsor, Radiology Associates of Hartford, and our Table Sponsors; Yale Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and Team “Max- The Amazing Race”. We also appreciate the efforts of our Gala Committee members, particularly Trina Bayles, Sarah Golembeski, Steve Perry, Lisa McKeon, Debbie Prendergast, Janice Rawlins, and Ron Lamontagne. They all worked tirelessly to secure a great variety of wonderful auctions items this year.

Also a special thank you to meteorologist Darren Sweeney of NBC Connecticut for being the evening’s exceptional Master of Ceremonies. Darren was entertaining and kept the evening on schedule. His attendance significantly added to the event.

Of course none of this would be possible without Jennifer Bayles who took the initiative to start this event 7 years ago for her sister Katie who has epilepsy.

Thank you for your continued support of the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut!

2014 Think Positive Gala Sponsors:

Dinner Sponsors: Hartford Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Hartford Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Center



Table Sponsor: Yale Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Yale Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Donate Auction Items
Wondering how you can support the EFCT without reaching into your wallet? From event tickets to one-of-a-kind vacations, we are always on the look-out for unique, alluring auction items to tempt our guests at our fundraisers. Do you own a vacation home/timeshare, or membership in a golf club or boat club that is the envy of all your friends? Do you have season tickets to major sporting events?   Or perhaps you know someone who might be willing to provide an auction item to a great cause and receive some free publicity with our guests in return.  The ideas are endless, but you alone might be the missing link to unique items, experiences and adventures! We ask that all donated auction items be new, unused, and with original packaging.  And remember, the value of your item or service is fully tax-deductible.

Suggested Items:

  • Retail Gift Cards
  • Vacation home/timeshare/hotel stays
  • Sporting Event or Concert Tickets
  • Autographed items/Memorabilia
  • Clothing & Accessories
  • Jewelry
  • Home Décor
  • Children’s items
  • Unique experiences (TV Set visit, meet & greets, Backyard Makeover packages, etc.)

 Please contact Allison Gamber at to make a donation or for more information.

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