As nonprofits look to raise revenue to support their causes, it seems establishing a new fund-raiser is a chance that must be taken.

To the editor:

As nonprofits look to raise revenue to support their causes, it seems establishing a new fund-raiser is a chance that must be taken.

That's just what the Epilepsy Foundation of Central Ohio did when it debuted Viva Las Vino on May 6 at the Loft at Smith Bros. Hardware, 580 N. 4th St.

The chance was well worth it. Presented by American Electric Power, the wine-tasting showcased wines from Glazer's Distributors and sported a Vegas theme. By night's end, more than $19,000 was raised for our programs and services. We consider that a great success. But, we did not achieve that success alone.

We are grateful to those whose generosity helped us to achieve our goal, including Nationwide Children's Hospital, Team Epilepsy, Nationwide Insurance, Fifth Third Bank, White Castle, Dinsmore Public Sector Advisors, Webface and a special sponsorship named in memory of Bob Carlisle.

We want to acknowledge the hard work of our event chair, Eric Clarke, as well as Epilepsy Foundation executive director Dianna Doyle, our board of directors, our staff and our many volunteers.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Central Ohio is a private, non-profit social service organization that provides services to people living with epilepsy and seizure disorder, their families and caregivers as well as providing public education. The Foundation's mission is to enhance the quality of life for those affected by epilepsy and to increase the understanding of epilepsy in central Ohio. Thanks to the tremendous support we received through Viva Las Vino, we will continue to do just that.

Stephanie Cassini-Carlisle,
president, board of directors
Epilepsy Foundation of Central Ohio