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
Location: Hyatt Regency Rochester, 125 E Main Street, Rochester, NY
Parking: Self-parking and valet options available at the Hyatt.
Attire: Black-tie optional
Theme: La Dolce Vita!
Menu: Click here.
Tickets & Sponsorship
$200 per person
Table of Ten:
Ticket sales are closed, though you may support the Chocolate Ball by making an online donation via the button below. For questions or to support the event in another way, please contact Jill Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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
Marc Palmieri’s memoir, She Danced with Lightning, about life with his daughter’s epilepsy, was recently published by Post Hill Press. Marc is an assistant professor at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, where was awarded a 2022 Teaching Excellence Award for Faculty Innovation. He is also a longtime guest faculty member of The City College of New York’s MFA program in Creative Writing.
His plays, all published by Dramatists Play Service, include NY Times’ “Critic’s Pick” Levittown as well as The Groundling, Carl the Second, and Waiting for the Host. He has published essays and stories in Newsday, Fiction, The Gobal City Review, and (Re) An Ideas Journal. Screenplays include Miramax Films’ 1999 Telling You. He lives with his family in New York City.
There are lots of volunteer and promotional opportunities to support the event.
Thank you to those of you who have volunteered to help on April 29!
Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Rochester, Grand Ballroom, 125 E. Main Street
Parking: Self-park at Hyatt
Contact: Jill Johnson
Time: 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Rochester, 125 E. Main Street
Lobby Level near escalators
Parking: Self-park at Hyatt.
Contact: Sarah Korba, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Past Chocolate Balls’ Gallery
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