GOSH!About: 2016 FACES Gala Raises Over $5 Million To Support Epilepsy

GOSH!About: 2016 FACES Gala Raises Over $5 Million To Support Epilepsy Research, Education and Care.

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Actor and Producer Harrison Ford Serves As Gala Chair


On Monday March 7th, NYU Langone Medical Center’s annual Finding A Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures (FACES) Gala, held at Pier Sixty at Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers.

More than 830 guests attended and raised over $5. million dollars to support epilepsy research and the advancement of new therapies at NYU Langone. Hosting the event as Gala Chair was Harrison Ford, actor and producer. Among the many , special guests in attendance included Katie and Todd Boehly, Susan Block Casdin, Miss Universe Slovenia Anna Halozan, auction co-chairs Melissa and Josh Fluhr, Georgia Ford, Angela and Matt Stone, and FACES Gala underwriters Leah and Michael Weisberg.

While at the gala, the annual live auction conducted by C. Hugh Hildesley, executive vice president of senior business development at Sotheby’s. Popular prizes included a helicopter ride and lunch with Harrison Ford, a private yacht getaway, and a Napa Valley Reserve year-long membership.

“Tonight is an opportunity to celebrate the people who make NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center the enormously successful, patient-centered place it is,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, the Saul J. Farber dean and CEO of NYU Langone, in his opening remarks.

Proceeds from FACES events are used to support several research projects including the Epilepsy Diet Program and the Human Epilepsy Project that investigates why some people have a few seizures that are easily controlled with medications while others have many seizures that defy the best therapies.

"NYU Langone Medical Center's 2016 FACES Gala"

“NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 07: Actor and Event Chair Harrison Ford and Orrin Devinsky, MD attend NYU Langone Medical Center’s 2016 FACES Gala on March 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for NYU Langone Medical Center)”

Mr. Ford is chairing this year’s gala in recognition of Orrin Devinsky, MD,  who helped a family member overcome epilepsy. Mr. Ford has supported FACES for epilepsy research for a decade. “Nine years ago my daughter was admitted to NYU Langone to be treated for epilepsy, and she has not had a seizure since the day she left. My family and I are grateful for Dr. Devinsky’s help and all the support that FACES provides for those who suffer from epilepsy and seizures.”

Dr. Devinsky, founder of FACES and director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at NYU Langone, thanked all in attendance, noting that FACES was instrumental in supporting the early stages of a research project that eventually became the largest study of epilepsy patients ever conducted. “The connections that you have allowed us to create are breathtaking,” said Dr. Devinsky. “We hope that these efforts will inspire new ways to study and treat epilepsy.”

Laura Gould Crandall, MA, research scientist, Department of Neurology and co-investigator of the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) Registry and Research Collaborative at NYU Langone, was honored for her studies on Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). In 2014, Ms. Crandall partnered with Dr. Devinsky to better understand and prevent sudden unexplained death in children and to provide for a more thorough study of the issue than previously possible.


About NYU Langone Medical Center

NYU Langone Medical Center, a world-class, patient-centered, integrated academic medical center, is one of the nation’s premier centers for excellence in clinical care, biomedical research, and medical education. Located in the heart of Manhattan, NYU Langone is composed of five hospitals—Tisch Hospital, its flagship acute care facility; Rusk Rehabilitation; the Hospital for Joint Diseases, the Medical Center’s dedicated inpatient orthopaedic hospital; NYU Lutheran Medical Center, a full-service, 450-bed teaching hospital located in Brooklyn, and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, a comprehensive pediatric hospital supporting a full array of children’s health services across the Medical Center. Also part of NYU Langone is NYU School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history, and the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute–designated cancer center. The Medical Center’s trifold mission to serve, teach, and discover is achieved 365 days a year through the seamless integration of a culture devoted to excellence in patient care, education, and research. For more information, go to www.NYULangone.org, and interact with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Google+.


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Photo credit: by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for NYU Langone Medical Center

Contributing reporting from New York: Mitchell Acks




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