(February 16, 2017-Orange County, CA) LEAD-OC, formerly Orange County Young Executives, has chosen The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles as benefactor charity for their June 2017 Black Tie Gala fundraiser.
LEAD-OC (Leading Executives and Directors- Orange County) is a volunteer-based non-profit organization committed to advancing community philanthropic organizations in Orange County. LEAD-OC is uniquely comprised of Orange County’s top business and community leaders who work together to support local charities & their growth in improving the lives of those around them with specific, underserved needs. LEAD-OC was established in 2011 as OCYE and beneficiaries include such organizations as St. Jude, UCLA Operation Mend, UCP, Think Together, Kid Works, Big Brothers Big Sisters OC, Ronald McDonald House OC, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Boystown, Miracles 4 Kids, etc. Also, LEAD-OC’s “Future Leader’s” scholarship fund benefits a select student each year with a grant towards tuition to enhance the education of youth in the Orange County community. Former recipients now attend Brown, U Penn- Wharton, UCLA and USC.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles was established in 1957 and is leading the fight to END EPILEPSY® via fundraising; and its community efforts supporting medical research, care, advocacy and education. 1 in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime. 1 in 26 will develop epilepsy. It’s 2x more common than Parkinson’s, Cerebral Palsy, and Multiple Sclerosis combined. Approximately 3.0 Million people in the U.S. have had a diagnosis of epilepsy or a seizure disorder, with 150,000 new cases of epilepsy each year in the U.S.
LEAD-OC’s selection for the June 3rd, 2017 Black Tie Gala held at The Balboa Bay Resort will allow The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles to expand its highly successful Care+Cure fellowship program into Orange County—addressing the scarcity of epilepsy specialists & will help ensure the over 32,000 people afflicted with epilepsy have access to neurosurgical front-line medical care. LEAD-OC funds will specifically support adult and pediatric training and development of one new epilepsy neurosurgery specialist at UCI and CHOC.