From the Desk of Jeannine Garab, Executive Director, Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, Inc.
Dear Members of the Women’s Business Council,
On behalf of our Board of Directors and Staff, I extend my deepest appreciation to the Women’s Business Council of the Capital Region Chamber for selecting the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York as your 2019 Adopted Non-Profit. I also extend my deepest gratitude to CapCom Federal Credit Union for your sponsorship of the Women’s Business Council and the Adopted Non-Profit program. We have had such an amazing year working with all of you!
We had several goals as we entered this partnership. First, we wanted to educate members of the Women’s Business Council about epilepsy to bring awareness to this disorder which will affect 1 in 26 people in our lifetime. Rarely, is a friend, family or business not affected by this often misunderstood disorder.
Second, we wanted to put a face to epilepsy by introducing you to local women, professionals in our community, who are living with epilepsy themselves, or caring for a family member with epilepsy. Many of you approached me as well to share your own personal connection to epilepsy.
Our third goal was to teach everyone how to recognize a seizure and be able to provide very basic first aid for someone having a seizure. We have seizure first aid posters available if you would like to post one at your place of employment. While our year as the Adopted Non Profit is over, we can still come to your place of business and provide training on seizure recognition and first aid for your employees at no cost. Just mention that you are a member of the Women’s Business Council.
While we accomplished these three preliminary goals, we actually accomplished SO MUCH MORE. We made so many new friendships and connections. We are sad to see our year as the Adopted Non-Profit come to an end. And yet, we are so thankful to all of you for all the money that has been raised, and all of the awareness that has been generated. Thank you for purchasing raffle tickets at the events, and for your generous donations at Women of Excellence, Bold in Business, and the recent Holiday Party. We are pleased to report that we raised a total of $11,957 throughout the year!
This money is being used to support our Care and Cure Initiative. This initiative provides programs and services for people who are living with epilepsy today, and it also provides hope for tomorrow by enabling more research for both better treatments and eventually a cure. Your donations have sent children with epilepsy to summer camp, supported our college scholarship program, and helped support many of our free programs and services in the community.
If you like what you have learned about epilepsy and our organization over the past year, and would like to get more involved, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are many ways that you can become involved in our organization, including joining our Board of Directors or volunteering on one of our special event committees.
Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for our 32nd Annual Confections in Chocolate gala which will be held on March 21st at Glen Sanders Mansion. Please reach out to me if you would like to attend or volunteer at this event.
The Epilepsy Foundation could never have the impact that we do without the incredible support of the business community. Thank you again for choosing us as your Adopted Non-Profit, and for making 2019 a special year for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York.
Jeannine S. Garab