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13th Annual Think Positive Gala Raises $60,000!

This year’s event exceeded all expectations with attendance of 295 guests and revenue of $60,000. This was our best gala ever! 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 Dr. Robert Bonwetsch for receiving the 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award! This was a well deserved recognition of his involvement and dedication to epilepsy for the past 10 years.

We are grateful to all our sponsors: Dinner Sponsors: Greenwich Biosciences, Siefert Associates, Supernus. Spotlight Sponsors: Delta Life Sciences, Inc., Hartford Healthcare Table Sponsors: Lundbeck, UCB, Tim & Sharon Forbush, Demsey Manufacturing, Associated Neurologists, P.C., Geffco LLC, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Fred & Jane Sorbo, Yale New Haven Hospital, Datto, Esai, Ron & Megan Lamontagne, John & Joanne Delponte, Denise & Garry Brower, Sal & Lisa Cretella, UConn Health Program Book Ad Sponsors: Howard Financial, Peoples United Bank, Edward Jones

We also appreciate the efforts of volunteers such as Annette Bonwetsch, Denise Brower, Sarah Golembeski, Emily Recalde, and Audrey Tyson who worked tirelessly to secure a great variety of wonderful auction items this year!

Special thanks also goes to Darren Sweeney, meteorologist at NBC Connecticut, for attending this year’s event and keeping the evening’s activities on schedule.

We truly thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you again next year!

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

Think Positive Gala Sponsors:

Dinner Sponsor:

Siefert Associates

Spotlight Sponsors:

Hartford Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Center Uconn Health Center Yale Neuroscience Center
Pro Paks Micro Specialties

Table Sponsors:

Lundbeck UCB Demsey
KGC Direct Trapletti Connecticut Childrens Medical Center

Associated Neurologists, P.C. | Tim & Sharon Forbush | Fred & Jane Sorbo | Beth & David Mercier.

Program Book Ad Sponsors:

Delponte Plumbing & Heating | Howard Financial | Pearlgreen Corporation | Edward Jones | GW Pharma | Smith Benefits Group | Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

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 allison@epilepsyct.com to make a donation or for more information.

2017 Volunteers of the Year John & Joanne Delponte

Volunteer of the year at EFCT.



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