Mardi Gras Gala

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Save the Date for the 11th Annual Mardi Gras Gala on February 23, 2018 at the Crystal Tea Room

About the Mardi Gras Gala

The EFEPA hosted the inaugural Mardi Gras Gala 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.

2017 Honorees

King of Mardi Gras – Ed Christie, CPA

The Foundation is proud to honor Mr. Ed Christie as this year’s Mardi Gras “King.” Mr. Christie is the Chief Operations Finance Officer at Magellan Health. In addition to his extensive work in the insurance and health industries, Mr. Christie is dedicated to efforts that improve quality of life for all those living with epilepsy.

Charley & Peggy Roach Founders’ Award – Frank Kotulka

A longtime member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Kotulka was instrumental in founding the Mardi Gras Gala in 2008 and has been chairman of the Gala Committee since its inception. The Foundation is honored to recognize his dedicated volunteer service.

Eric Burton Osbourne Award – Mercedes Jacobson, MD 

The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the amazing scientific contributions made by Dr. Jacobson to the field of epilepsy. Dr. Jacobson is a Professor of Neurology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine and Director, Electroencephalogram (EEG) Lab at the Temple Neurosciences Center. She is a frequent presenter at Foundation educational conferences and a valued member of the EFEPA Professional Advisory Board.

Interested in attending the 2018 Gala? Email for ticket information including sponsorship opportunities.

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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, 2014 Queen, Mary Meder, President of Harmelin Media, 2015 King and Queen Arthur and Phylis Johnson, and 2016 King Dr. Richard Harner, founding member of the EFEPA and former chairman of the Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Click here to learn more about our Royal Court.

 Ways to Get Involved

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. To learn more about sponsorships contact the EFEPA Development Department at (215) 629-5003 or