Emcee Tom Mustin oversaw the exciting program for the 2021 “Summits and Stars” Gala benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado and Wyoming. This year’s event was held at the DCPA’s Seawell ballroom and featured a keynote address by Colorado State Rep. Iman Jodeh.
Brooke and Tom Gordon were the inaugural recipients of the Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, given in recognition of volunteers or community members who have made a difference in the epilepsy community and contributed significantly to the Foundation’s success.
This unique award honors individuals who have provided dedicated and outstanding service at all levels of the organization over a sustained period of time, demonstrated exceptional support of the Foundation, and significantly promoted the organization to the public and other supporters. Also recognized were top staff members Lindsay Ross Co-Chair of this year’s event and now a board member, and Director of Community Initiatives Marcee Aude for her 15 years of service.
The 2021 Summits & Stars Gala sponsored this year by Swedish Medical Center and UCB is the biggest and brightest night of the year for the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado & Wyoming. More than 3 million adults and nearly half a million children have epilepsy in the U.S. and about 60, 000 in Colorado. Ticket sales and other fundraising raised by the annual signature event provides essential support for Foundation programs and services.
The evening featured a cocktail hour, inspirational speakers, seated dinner, entertainment, and a live and online auction. The Foundation’s “Reach for the Stars” paddle raise supports summer camps for children and teens with epilepsy, offering scholarships to any child in need so that every kid can enjoy their summer adventures.
Guests at the Gala heard stories regarding the “summits” the organization’s “stars” have reached in 2021 from Colorado State Representative Iman Jodeh and Epilepsy Ambassador Joey Quintana. Together they passed “Joey’s Law” which ensures each school in Colorado has staff trained to recognize and respond to someone experiencing an epileptic seizure.
For more information regarding Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado and Wyoming, volunteerism, or donations please call directly at 303-377-9774 or visit the web site at: www.epilepsycolorado.org