December 2015 NEWSLETTER
Serving Northern California from Fresno to Monterey to the Oregon border
In This Issue
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Very Special Thanks
2015 Gala Sponsors


Green Charitable Foundation
Remick Family Foundation


Jim Anderson
Edward Chang M.D.
- Keeney  Family
Youker Consulting Group
Epilepsy Center of Excellence

Bronte Epilepsy Research Foundation
Sande Schlumberger & Roxane Schlumberger-Hume
Barbara Suskind &
Lowell Richards
Richard Thalheimer
Brad and Rebekah Triebsch

Jones Family Vineyards

#DareTo Educate
Free Training Available

In the event of a seizure, 
will your friends, family or colleagues know what to do?
  • 60 min presentation on basic Seizure First Aid
  • Audiences include: School Personnel, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Service Providers, Corporations, Students, Families
Thank You
2015 Stroll Sponsors



Epilepsy Center of Excellence


Candlelight Gala
presented by 

Music, Wine, Laughter, Fun, and Joy!
Gala 2015 - a Smashing Success!

THANK YOU to all those who attended, volunteered and showed their support at this year's Gala. It 
was a SOLD OUT event, with more than 350 people in attendance, including our 31 sponsors! 

Because of generous contributions, we are moving at great speed toward providing greater CARE and promoting a CURE for epilepsy.  The funds and awareness raised will enable us to provide free services such as seizure first aid training for teachers, schools, nurses, communities, and families. Youth Programs include Coelho Epilepsy Youth Summer Camp and our Bounce Out the Stigma, Mighty Mike Basketball Camp. We send every medically-qualified child to camp as well as educate patients and families and direct them to the appropriate resources. Thank you for all of your support and generosity!  

2015 Candlelight Gala photos here
Save the Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Message of Congratulations
from San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee

"San Francisco is a world leader in advancing equality - ensuring human rights and dignity for all. This year, as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we also celebrate the individuals, institutions, and nonprofits that serve the epilepsy community. The hard work and dedication of everyone here has significantly contributed to the treatment and
care of all who live with epilepsy. San Francisco is proud  of the efforts of the Northern California Foundation  which represents our City's values at their very best."  
Edwin M. Lee
City & County of San Francisco
Camp  Coelho   2015
Camp In Action!

Did you or your child attend 2015 Camp Coelho? 
Watch this video to relive all the memories and fun had by all--campers, counselors and medical staff!
Coelho Epilepsy Youth Summer Camp 2015
Click Above!

pecial thanks
Director and Cinematographer Miles Levin!

2016 Camp Date Announcement
Mark Your Calendar:  June 26-July 1
Volunteer of the Month
Meet Beth
Beth Samulewicz, mother of a young woman born with gray matter hetertophia and diagnosed with epilepsy at 23 months old, is a dedicated EFNC volunteer who serves as an epilepsy trainer and  Support Group Leader in  Sonoma County.

During Beth's tenure at Sonoma Valley Unified School District, s he provided epilepsy education to school staff and students, easing the stigma surrounding epilepsy.  She requested that each  school post Seizure First Aid guidelines around the campus noting that a seizure can take place at anytime, to anyone and anywhere. Beth is the "go to" person for anything seizure-related at school!  During Epilepsy Awareness Month in November she also reached out to her local newspaper continuing to shed light on epilepsy. 

Beth currently works as a full-inclusion aide at a high school and at an adult residential facility specializing in autism spectrum in Sonoma County. She enjoys hiking, skydiving, kayaking, and being outdoors. Beth strongly believes that "knowledge and bringing epilepsy to the forefront can help us eliminate the stigma associated with epilepsy."

Thank you Beth for your incredible outreach and passion you bring to the epilepsy community!
The Book of Dreams
Sacramento Bee

The Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California has been selected to receive a grant for Youth Programs from the Sacramento Bee Book of Dreams! We are excited to use these funds for our new Mighty Mike, Bounce Out the Stigma Basketball camp coming to Sacramento in April 2016. In partnership with the Sacramento Kings, we are thrilled to bring this camp to Sacramento children for the first time! Watch for more information in our January Newsletter. 

For more than 25 years, The Sacramento Bee's Book of Dreams has helped people and organizations in our community realize their dreams. Grants can be as simple as warm PJs for kids, music for seniors, or sewing machines to make cuddly blankets for children in need.  The Book of Dreams fund is administered by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation and  funded through readers' donations to the annual project. A BIG THANK YOU to the Book of Dreams and the Sacramento Bee.
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Holiday Season

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Drop donations off in Berkeley, Dublin and Vacaville OR  at any of the following locations All donations benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California and are tax deductible.
Scholarships Available
Application Period Opens January 4th
  • Paul E. Smith Scholarship
    Paul E. Smith
    • For high school seniors who have epilepsy and who live in areas served by the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California.
    • Recipient will receive $2,000 towards their college education.
    • Open Period: January 4 - May 31, 2016
  • Frankie Lee Forbes Scholarship  (NEW!)
    • For any person with epilepsy living in Oakdale who is furthering his or her education-undergraduate, graduate, post graduate, study in any field, or vocational and technical training.
    • Recipient will receive $1,000 towards their education.
    • Open Period: January 4 - May 31, 2016