Mardi Gras Gala
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About the Mardi Gras Gala
The EFEPA picked up the Mardi Gras Gala, a formal black-tie event, in 2008 as its signature event. Adapted from the traditional Mardi Gras held yearly in New Orleans, the Philadelphia-style Gala features an open bar complete with hurricanes, a three course French Creole sit-down dinner, lively Mummers’ entertainment, and dancing to a nine piece band. A parade, extravagant decorations, beads, jesters, voodoo dolls, and masks all add to the festive décor.
Annually the Gala honors a new King or Queen of Mardi Gras, a prominent business or community leader in the eastern Pennsylvania area. Philadelphia’s top neurologists, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and members from its business and legal communities join their royal leader for the evening. Together they come out to celebrate the Foundation and its accomplishments to improve the quality of life of individuals living with epilepsy and their caregivers.
Past Kings have been 2008 King, Tom McCormick, Vice President of Patient Services, University of Pennsylvania Health System; 2009 King, Stephen Wouch, CPA, CFF, Managing Partner of Wouch, Maloney & Co., LLP; 2010 King, Ted Riss, owner of Riss General Construction; 2011 King, Dr. Mike Cirigliano, Penn Medicine Internist and FOX 29 Health Reporter; 2012 King, Greg Osberg, Publisher and CEO of Philadelphia Media Network; 2013 King, Jim Connolly, CEO of Aeras, and 2014 Queen, Mary Meder, President of Harmelin Media. Click here to learn more about our Kings.
There are many opportunities to get involved with the Mardi Gras Gala including sponsoring a table, individual tickets, or placing an ad in our program book. Click here to review our opportunities . To learn more contact the EFEPA Development Department at (215) 629-5003 x107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.