You can support people with epilepsy while being an MI-6 agent for a night Oct. 20

October 14, 2016

By Deron Hamel

Whether you’re someone who loves a good mystery or you just like to have fun, you don’t want to miss a fundraising gala hosted by Epilepsy Ontario and EpLink on Oct. 20.Shaken350

The event, called the Shaken, Not Stirred gala, will be held in Toronto and will feature a James Bond theme that promises “an evening of mystery and intrigue” in the form of spy-themed table challenges. The black-tie event also includes a martini cocktail reception, a three-course meal and a silent auction.

This is the first time Epilepsy Ontario and EpLink have partnered on a large-scale fundraising event. Money raised will be split between the organizations. Epilepsy Ontario and EpLink plan to co-host fundraisers each year.

The table challenges will be provided by Escape from the 6, a company that creates interactive games and hosts “escape rooms,” team-building challenges where people have to collaborate to gather clues and overcome obstacles.

“I can’t tell you too much about the puzzles because I don’t want to give anything away, but they will be entertaining and really scrape your brain,” says Andrew Sturridge of Escape from the 6.

“They are puzzles similar to what you would encounter in an escape room, but instead of trying to escape, players will be racing to unlock a secret. … The James Bond theme is really awesome because, really, who doesn’t want to be an MI-6 agent for a night?”

Sturridge says these type of events are also “a nice introduction to meeting people at your table” as well as collaborating with others in a fun atmosphere while raising money for a good cause.

Epilepsy is a condition affecting an estimated one in every 100 Canadians. Of the 300,000 Canadians living with epilepsy, one-third experience uncontrolled seizures. Money raised through the gala will help improve the care and quality of life for people living with epilepsy.

The gala will be held Oct. 20 in the Grand Banking Hall at the One King West Hotel in Toronto from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Click here for more information.

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