37th Annual Chocolate Ball

Saturday, April 29, 2023

5:30 pm: Cocktail Reception, Cake Tasting & Silent Auction
7:00 pm: Seated Dinner, Program, Cake Awards & Auction

Hyatt Regency Rochester
125 Main Street, Rochester, NY

Theme: La Dolce Vita!

Tickets & Sponsorship

$200 per person

Table of Ten:

Sponsorship levels start at $500. Learn more

About the Chocolate Ball

Our annual black-tie gala, the Chocolate Ball, showcases the exquisite talents of local pastry chefs. Join us for an evening of decadent chocolate cake, sparkling champagne, craft cocktails and a celebration of hometown culinary artistry.

The event supports EPI and its epilepsy program and services, including support groups, epilepsy education, youth conferences, and Camp EAGR, the only week-long, overnight camp for children with epilepsy. EPI serves thousands of children and adults affected by epilepsy and seizure disorders in Upstate New York.

Cake Competition

Participants in the Chocolate Ball Cake Competition are challenged to create a scrumptious and exquisite cake inspired by the gala’s theme.  Guests spend the first part of the evening sampling each cake and voting for their favorite!

Click here for a list of rules, photos of cakes from previous years, information about the 2023 theme, participating chefs and judges, and to RSVP if you would like to compete.

Silent Auction

Unique experiences and some great products from local and regional vendors! Visit the silent auction page to lean more or to donate to the silent auction.

Get Involved

There are lots of volunteer and promotional opportunities to support the event.


Volunteer help is key to making this event a success!  Volunteers help with:

  • Set Up on April 28th and 29th
  • Working the Event
  • Break Down & Clean Up

Click here to visit the volunteer sign up page!

Promote the Event

Help us promote the Chocolate Ball!  Shortly after the new year, we’ll post resources here to help you share information on social media, hand out flyers, send emails, and hang posters.  Contact Jill Johnson with any questions at jejohnson@epiny.org.

Media & Photos

Support Camp EAGR

The cash call during the evening specifically raises money for Camp EAGR, New York State’s only week-long, overnight camp for children with epilepsy and their siblings.


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News Coverage

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