38th Annual Chocolate Ball

Saturday, April 27, 2024

5:30 pm: Cocktail Reception, Cake Tasting & Silent Auction

7:00 pm: Seated Dinner, Program, Cake Awards & Auction

Location: Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main Street, Rochester, NY

Parking: Self-parking and valet options available at the South Avenue Garage.

Attire: Black-tie optional

Theme: Galaxy Gala

Prepare to embark on a celestial journey like no other as we invite you to join us for an unforgettable evening at our 38th Annual Chocolate Ball. This stellar event promises an enchanting blend of cosmic wonder and gastronomic delight that will leave you starry-eyed and craving more!


Click here to purchase tickets.


Sponsorship sales are open. Click here to learn more.

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.

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.

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.
For more information, please 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 2023 Photos

Chocolate Ball 2023 Photobooth

Past Chocolate Balls’ Gallery

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News Coverage

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

Pastry event helps raise funds for epilepsy programs
WHEC News 10, April 30, 2023

Chocolate Ball Event Raises Money for Children with Epilepsy.
13 WHAM, April 29, 2023

37th Annual Chocolate Ball Fundraiser Raises Money for Epilepsy
WROC 8, April 29, 2023

Interview with Marc Palmieri
WXXI, April 17, 2023