2020 is a milestone year for Capital Region CANstruction! CANstruction is an annual exhibit and design competition/food and fund drive that connects talented architecture, engineering, and contracting (AEC) professionals who build colossal structures out of canned food items, all of which are then used to feed our neighbors struggling with hunger and food insecurity. Help us celebrate the 10th year of Capital Region CANstruction by supporting your Women’s Business Council Hunger Heroes team.
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.
Our 2019 Adopted Nonprofit, The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York needs your help! Please vote for them (one vote per day) starting on Thursday, November 14th, so they can win $10,000 in FREE advertising from the Times Union. Prizes like this are huge for non-profits as it helps spread their mission and help the families affected by epilepsy.
The Epilepsy Family Conference is a signature education activity unique to the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern NY.
The goal of this event is to offer information and education on epilepsy-related topics to those who are affected by epilepsy, as well as healthcare professionals. This conference includes topics relevant to both adult and pediatric epilepsy patients. For the first time, the conference will be broadcast live on Facebook! The conference will be taking place on Wednesday, November 13th at the Hearst Media Center (645 Albany Shaker Road, Albany NY 12211). Check-in begins at 11:00 and the program is from 11:30 am – 3:45 pm. Lunch will be served. Register for the conference by joining either in-person or on Facebook Live and view the agenda: http://bit.ly/EFNENYFamilyConf2019
Join the 2019 WBC Adopted Non-Profit to help raise awareness.
During National Epilepsy Awareness Month, the Epilepsy Foundation is urging the public to remember #StaySafeSide, which are the steps in seizure first aid. Everyone can visit www.epilepsy.com/firstaid to learn more and download a seizure first aid poster, or contact Katelyn Markellos at email@example.com to request one be mailed.
Albany, NY: The Board of Directors for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York is pleased to welcome two new members, Shelley Friel and Karen Wachs. Shelley is Director of Development at Rockefeller College at the University of Albany. She looks forward to serving on the communications committee and assisting with this year’s Epilepsy Golf Tournament. Karen Wachs is Neurology Account Manager with Greenwich Biosciences. She has been serving on the Confections in Chocolate committee and will be joining the board development committee.
At the June meeting of the Board of Directors, the following new officers were elected for two-year terms: This is the first time in history that a female has been Board President!
The Epilepsy Foundation has a volunteer Board of Directors. Members have a variety of professional backgrounds. If you are interested in sharing your time and talents to further the mission of our organization, please complete a Board of Directors Membership Application and forward it with a copy of your resume to:
Jeannine Garab, Executive Director, Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, 3 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205 or you may forward it electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board members are required to become members of the Foundation, attend regularly scheduled board meetings, support fundraising events and serve on 1-2 committees.
The 2019 Adopted Non-Profit, The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, has volunteer opportunities for two large events coming up: the Walk to END EPILEPSY, to be held on Sunday, September 8th at the Saratoga Spa State Park and our Golf Tournament for Epilepsy, to be held on Monday, September 23rd at Wolferts Roost Country Club.