Gingerbread City Gala 2019 Honorary Hosts Kirby & Ashlee Yates
Padres All-Star Kirby Yates and his wife Ashlee, have partnered with the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County. This partnership is meaningful to the Yates’ family, as Ashlee Yates, 31, was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2018.
“Her epilepsy diagnosis came as a shock and we’re still doing all we can to learn more about this disorder. Now we know 1 in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime and we want to do everything we can to educate people on epilepsy and seizure disorders,” said Padres closer, Kirby Yates.
The partnership kicked off on Tuesday, September 10, with Epilepsy Awareness Night at Petco Park. A portion of proceeds from every Epilepsy Awareness Night ticket sold went to the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County. A few fans who purchased the special event tickets were randomly selected to attend a pre-game Meet & Greet with Ashlee and Kirby. Following Epilepsy Awareness Night, Ashlee’s love for stand-up comedy and her inspiration to fundraise for epilepsy, was the driving force behind the creation of Comedy For A Cause. On Sunday, September 22, the Yates’ hosted Comedy For A Cause at the American Comedy Club where 100 percent of ticket sales benefited the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County.
“We are so excited to partner with the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County to raise awareness of epilepsy and seizure disorders, and it means so much to us that our Padres family is also on board to support this cause,” said Ashlee Yates. “After experiencing seizures and getting diagnosed, I had so many questions and concerns about epilepsy. It didn’t take long before I was inspired to help others in the same position and improve educational resources for those with epilepsy.”
Kirby and Ashlee Yates are excited to be this year’s Gingerbread City Honorary Hosts!
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