38th Annual Chocolate Ball

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Thank you to everyone who supported the 38th Annual Chocolate Ball! It was a stellar evening, hosting over 540 guests and raising more than $227,000 in support of epilepsy services. We are immensely grateful to all our guests, sponsors, incredible chefs, and volunteers who made this event truly out of this world.

And save the date for next year’s Chocolate Ball: March 8, 2025!

Here are links to the Chocolate Ball 2024 Photo Gallery:

Chocolate Ball 2024 Photos

Chocolate Ball 2024 Photo Booth

Chocolate Ball 2024 Step & Repeat

Make a Donation

Click here to make a donation in support of the 38th Annual Chocolate Ball.





Silent Auction

Interested in donating to our Silent Auction? Click here for more information and a form.

For questions or to support the event in another way,
please contact Jill Johnson at jejohnson@epiny.org.

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.
Click here to visit the Chocolate Ball Experience!

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.

A Cosmic Cake Competition

Participants in the Chocolate Ball Cake Competition are challenged to create a scrumptious cake inspired by this year’s galactic theme.  Our starry-eyed guests will spend the first part of the evening sampling each cake and voting for their favorite! These out-of-this-world cakes are then auctioned off and the proceeds support our epilepsy programs. Click below for the competition rules, photos of cakes from previous, information about the 2024 theme, participating chefs and judges.

A Stellar 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.

About Our Keynote Speaker

Justin E. West, MD

Dr. West is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Southern California. He has a BA in biology from Pomona College and received his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He completed his six-year residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Georgetown University Hospital followed by an additional year of fellowship training at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital.  

Dr. West has served as the director of plastic surgery for Breastlink Medical Group, a comprehensive network of breast care centers in southern California. He is the founder and medical director of Finesse Plastic Surgery. 

Dr. West lives with his wife Lisa, an ophthalmologist, and his three children in Newport Beach, California. Their son Andrew was diagnosed with KCNT1 related epilepsy when he was 6 months old. Dr. West is a co-founder, President and Director of Clinical Medicine for the KCNT1 Epilepsy Foundation, 501c3, which aims to bring novel therapeutics to children with this devastating diagnosis in the shortest possible time frame. 

Dr. West has played a pivotal role in fostering increased interest from researchers and the biopharmaceutical industry in KCNT1, driven by his relentless dedication to finding new treatments for his son and the other children affected by this rare epilepsy.

Get Involved

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


We have many volunteer opportunities, prior to the event and on the night of the event.

Click here to sign up or contact Jill Johnson, at jejohnson@epiny.org or (310) 995-6810.

Promote the Event

Help us promote the Chocolate Ball!  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.

Photo Gallery

Chocolate Ball 2024 Photos

Chocolate Ball 2023 Photos

Chocolate Ball 2023 Photobooth

Past Chocolate Balls’ Gallery

View All Photos

News Coverage

Watch last year’s news coverage and come back for our news updates.

Supporting kids with epilepsy at EPI’s Camp EAGR.
Fox News, April 22, 2024

EPI’s annual Chocolate Ball to raise funds to support epilepsy programs.
RBJ, March 25, 2024

Embracing the Essence of Valentine’s Day with EPI’s Chocolate Ball
Fox Rochester WUHF, February 8, 2024