Mardi Gras Gala

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Save the Date:

12th Annual Mardi Gras Gala on February 22, 2019 at Vie by Cescaphe

About the Mardi Gras Gala

In 2003, the EFEPA hosted the inaugural Mardi Gras Gala as its signature event.  Adapted from the traditional Mardi Gras celebration held yearly in New Orleans, the Philadelphia-style Gala features an open bar complete with hurricanes, a three course French Creole sit-down dinner, silent and live auctions, lively entertainment and dancing to a nine piece band. A Mummers parade, extravagant decorations, beads, jesters, and masks all add to the festive decor.

The Gala annually honors a prominent business or community leader from the eastern Pennsylvania area as Mardi Gras King or Queen. Joining the royalty in festivities are Philadelphia’s top neurologists, hospitals, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, prominent business leaders, community members and volunteers. Together they come out to celebrate the EFEPA and the Foundation’s accomplishments with a shared goal of improving the quality of life of individuals living with epilepsy, their families and caregivers.

The 2019 Gala will be moving to Vie by Cescaphe located at 600 N Broad St, Philadelphia.

Vie is inspired by the elegance of French Provençal design with every facet, from the imported Italian mosaic to the soft lounge seating. The large cocktail space features three custom bars with a sleek black and white design that evolves into the magnificent main reception room, complete with a forty-foot long floor-to-ceiling bar and white porcelain French chandeliers. This unique space is the perfect backdrop for our Mardi Gras theme!

Meet our 2019 Honorees

King & Queen of Mardi Gras – Greg and Wendy Fry

Greg and Wendy Fry are parents to Penny, a three year old warrior battling epilepsy. Despite Penny’s seemingly typical development and otherwise good health, she has experienced seizures since she was 8 months old. She was eventually diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, a rare lifelong condition associated with prolonged seizures and developmental challenges. Effective treatment options for those living with Dravet syndrome are extremely limited and there is no cure.

Prior to Penny’s first seizure, the Fry family knew very little about epilepsy. Since that day, they’ve worked continuously to advocate for the epilepsy community, fundraising in various ways so that organizations like EFEPA can drive research and provide support services for local and national community members.

In early 2018, Wendy joined the staff of the Dravet Syndrome Foundation as Director of Family and Caregiver Engagement with a goal of supporting newly diagnosed families. Greg reflects on personal experience to bring a patient-centered perspective to his work as a consultant in the healthcare industry. Both are extremely thankful for the team that helps to make this important work possible, including Penny’s loving grandparents and her dedicated nurses.

The Fry Family has been the fortunate recipients of amazing support from family and friends. Team “Purple for Penny” has bought t-shirts, joined us at the EFEPA walks, hosted happy hours and silent auctions, attended events, asked for donations in lieu of gifts for their children’s birthdays, run marathons, and made countless generous contributions to the community.

Wendy confides, “We continue to be amazed by the outpouring of support for family and the epilepsy community at large.”

Penny confidently battles her seizures each day, setting an example for all who provide her care. She amazes everyone she meets as she works fiercely to keep up with her peers in ballet, gymnastics, preschool, sports clubs, and all sorts of activities. Her unique and quirky sense of humor paired with her talent for entertaining frequently make her the life of the party and the Frys are so thrilled to have this special evening to celebrate Penny at Mardi Gras.

Fry Family Photos

Interested in attending the 2019 Gala?  Tickets will be available online at on January 1, 2019.

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Ways to Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with the 2019 Mardi Gras Gala including sponsoring a table, purchasing individual tickets, or placing an ad in our program book. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact our Director of Development, Missy Dolaway, at (215) 629-5003 or