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ESWO Virtual Gala

Our 34th Annual Gala was scheduled to be held in the spring, but with the current pandemic, ESWO took necessary precautions and postponed this fundraising event. We are now hosting our Gala VIRTUALLY to raise funds and epilepsy awareness from the comfort of our own homes!

On Friday, November 6, 2020, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, you are invited to join us live virtually for our Annual Gala! Take this opportunity to get dressed up, order from our dinner partner, and show your support for individuals and families affected by epilepsy across our community!

The evening will be hosted by CTV News London Reporter, Nick Paparella, and will include live entertainment, online silent auction, and recognition of our H.O.P.E. award recipient: the Oke family. Our goal is to raise $35,000 to help support our Public Education Programs throughout Southwestern Ontario, and we truly need your support!

The event will LIVE stream via Zoom Webinar!

Ticket purchasers will receive an exclusive link and passcode to view our event live, which will be sent the morning of Friday November 6, 2020!

Virtual Silent Auction

Auction opens: Friday, October 30 at 12:00 noon

Auction closes: Gala Night! Friday, November 6 at 9:00 pm

This year’s silent auction will be brought to you at home. Bid on a number of exciting items including a Dyson vacuum, a signed Suzuki jersey, restaurant gift cards, family experience days, and beautiful gift baskets. The link to view items will be updated shortly. Silent auction items will need to be picked up at the ESWO head office. Please note that auction items were collected for our spring gala; check the expiry date listed in the notes section.  


Click here to buy your tickets!

Host Nick Paparella

We are very excited to introduce Nick Paparella as our honourary host for our ESWO Virtual 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 a number of charities and community organizations with his time.


Pre-Party with Sarina Haggarty

Join us for our pre-party entertainment as we welcome Singer/Songwriter, Sarina Haggarty for a live performance. Not only is Sarina a talented musician who is currently releasing new music, but she is also a client and ambassador of Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario, Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Live Entertainment

Featuring Joe from Main Street Dueling Pianos. If you have joined us for our Dueling Pianos Fundraiser in the past then you will know, what a great performance this will be!

Joe has played over 200 weddings in the past 5 years alone and travels to Las Vegas several times each year to play the dueling piano bar / casino circuit.

This event is Joe's 5th performance for ESWO.


H.O.P.E. Award Recipient

Every year at our gala we present a HOPE award (Helping out People with Epilepsy) to a person, group of people, or organization who has shown great care and compassion, and made a difference in the lives of people living with epilepsy.

This year we would like to recognize the Oke family. They have poured hours into fundraising, and have raised an extraordinary amount of money in order to help us provide support and educational services to people living with epilepsy. Their annual golf tournament has raised over $57,550 to date. We are grateful for their contribution, although it is not just about the funds raised. With so many sponsors, donors and event attendees, the Oke's have helped to increase epilepsy awareness - our ultimate goal! 

Dinner Partner

We have collaborated with Cravings Creative to offer charcuterie boxes for you to take home and enjoy while you tune in live. Add on a box when ordering your ticket, a portion of your dinner will come back to ESWO! Pickup location: La Casa Restaurant (117 King St. London). Pickup times to be arranged. When ordering please include allergy or food restrictions (e.g. vegetarian).

There are two sizes available for purchase, small (2-4 people) for $35 and large (4-6 people) for $50. Order deadline October 30th at 4:00 pm.

Become a Sponsor

To become an event sponsor or to contribute to our silent auction, please contact

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

Organized by
Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario
Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario is a registered not-for-profit, a charitable agency dedicated to enhancing the lives of people who are affected by epilepsy through support services, education, advocacy, and community awareness. Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario provides a range of services to those affected by epilepsy in Erie-St. Clair and Southwest LHIN region (Huron, Perth, Grey, Bruce, Oxford, Elgin, Thames Valley, Windsor, Essex, Sarnia, Lambton, and Chatham-Kent counties).
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