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November 2007

Aris Melissaratos hosts Aegean Evening for Sister City Committee

”Aegean Evening,” a festive Greek-themed 25th Anniversary party & fundraiser for the Baltimore-Piraeus Sister City Committee was hosted recently by Honorary Chair Aris Melissaratos at his Glyndon, Maryland estate to raise funds for a number of Committee causes, including the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center on Cooley’s Anemia, otherwise called thalassemia, a potentially fatal congenital blood disorder which mainly affects Mediterranean peoples such as Greeks, Italians, Africans.

Besides the fabulous Greek cuisine & drinks provided by the Hazelwood Inn, and live Greek music by Odyssey, a superb Silent Auction included a week at a Greek island home; antique Persian runner rug; reception & private tour of the Walters Art Museum by director Dr. Gary Vikan; a week at a condo in Ocean City, MD; a Kate Spade purse; Bluefishing Day for six days on a chartered yacht in Ocean City; jewelry; clothing and much more.

The Baltimore-Piraeus Sister City Committee is an all-volunteer, citizen diplomacy network under the Office of the Mayor dedicated to promoting strong cultural & economic exchanges between the two port cities. Aris Melissaratos, former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, was extremely happy at the turnout and speaking to NEO considered it “his pleasure to be able to help. Since I bought this place a couple of years ago, it has become the venue for many such events. Tomorrow, for example, another reception will take place here for the American Heart Association!”

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