Annual Gala

Put on the glitz and join us for this party with a purpose on Saturday, April 1, 2023 for our 37th Annual ‘Diamonds and Denim’ Gala.

The hybrid event will include a catered dinner for those in person, dueling pianos entertainment, a silent auction, and recognition of our H.O.P.E. award recipient. Our goal is to raise $35,000 to support our Public Education Programs throughout Southwestern Ontario.

IN PERSON – Join us at the Hellenic Centre for live entertainment, a catered dinner and exclusive access to certain auction items. Guests must be at the event in person to bid on these exclusive items.

VIRTUAL – Great option for those that can’t travel to London, but still want to participate in our event. A portion of the Gala will be streamed live; ticket purchasers will receive an exclusive link and passcode to view our event live, which will be sent the morning of Saturday, April 1, 2023!

Where: Hellenic Community Centre, 133 Southdale Rd W. London OR virtual
When: Saturday, April 1, 2023. Doors open at 6pm
Tickets: IN PERSON – $150/ticket
VIRTUAL – $25/household
*Please note that as a fundraising event, our ticket price has increased this year due to recent inflation.
Payment: Purchase online, through cheque made payable to ‘Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario’, by calling 519-433-4073 or through etransfer to [email protected]

Attire/theme: Denim and diamonds

Unable to attend, but you’d still like to support?
Consider making a donation or purchase a ticket for someone else.

2023 H.O.P.E Award Recipient: Jane Terhaerdt

Jane spent the majority of her career working to improve the lives of people living with epilepsy, both as a nurse in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and in an epilepsy research capacity.

Additionally, she has given generously to ESWO over the years as a donor, an event supporter, and through serving on our Board of Directors. She is a true champion for families living with epilepsy and this has earned her the 2023 H.O.P.E. Award!

Host Nick Paparella

We are excited to include Nick Paparella as our honourary host for 37th Annual Gala!

Nick is the longest serving News Reporter at CTV News London.

Nick has been married to his high-school sweetheart Evelyn for more than 30 years. They have three very active and happy adult sons. Among his many interests, Nick supports several charities and community organizations with his time.

Entertainment: Main Street Dueling Pianos

Main Street Dueling Pianos will have us dancing and singing the night away in our Canadian tuxedos!

Our event entertainment is an interactive all-request piano show, featuring a selection of your favourite hits. Enjoy your requested songs played live by world-class entertainers.

We’re so excited to welcome back Joe, who has played at all of ESWO’s Dueling Pianos events and joined us for a virtual Gala. He has played stages in Vegas and across North America, plus has a personal connection to epilepsy.

iPad Pro & AirPods Pro Raffle

Congratulations to our Raffle winner Sarah Nadeau! We hope you enjoy your Apple iPad Pro 12.9” and Apple AirPod Pros!

Big thank you again to Festival City Glass & Tint for sponsoring this amazing raffle in support of our Diamonds & Denim Gala! 

All proceeds will go towards epilepsy education and support services in Southwestern Ontario. 

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Virtual Silent Auction

Auction opens: Monday, March 27, 2023 at noon

Auction closes: Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 10 pm

Bid on several exciting items including a Ninja Air Fryer, a Kinsmen maple syrup gift package, golf club passes, VIA Rail travel voucher, and much more!

All auction items will be available for pickup at ESWO’s head office (797 York St. Unit 3 London, ON). Pickup times to be arranged with staff.

* Please note credit cards will be processed when the auction closes. Trellis fees will be applied.

Check out last year’s photo gallery:

Visit our Facebook event page for more regular updates!

Become a Sponsor

If you’re interested in supporting this event through an event sponsorship or by contributing to our silent auction, please connect with [email protected]

Check back for regular updates, we can’t wait to see you then!

Our Event Sponsors and Participants:

Diamond Sponsors

Ruby Sponsors and Participants

Sapphire Sponsors

Opal Sponsors

Little Caesars Dorchester

Technology Sponsors

Special Thanks

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