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With donations still coming in, the Hellenic Relief Foundation has surpassed the $55,000 mark in support from its first-ever live radio-marathon which aired on Hellas FM and livestreamed worldwide on Thursday, December 3rd. The eight-hour fundraising show, aimed it’s efforts to raise money for its vital food distribution program and social services during the COVID-19 pandemic for the Christmas season and beyond.
With Hellas FM President Nikos Fillas and host Dimitris Filippidis at the helm, alongside H.R.F. board members Kostas Zachariadis and Dean Efkarpidis in studio, and H.R.F. board member Anna Eliopoulos leading the phone center, the multi-hour broadcast presented the stories of the beneficiaries of the H.R.F.’s monthly distributions, the volunteers who ensure the organization’s mission is executed on a monthly basis, and shared the messages of support from the former President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, and Mrs. Pavlopoulos, noted Greek artists, including Anna Fonsou, Angela Dimitriou, Lefteris Pantazis, Antypas, and Dimitris Kontolazos, as well as the Consuls General of New York of both Greece and Cyprus. The show also presented noted members of the community, from Greek Orthodox priests of various communities and other religious organizations (Philoptochos), to leaders of various cultural organizations (syllogoi) to philanthropic organizations, such as AHEPA, all giving their endorsement of the work that the H.R.F. has done, and will continue to accomplish.
Over 230 individuals, cultural organizations, businesses, and more contributed to the radio-marathon by donating in person, over the phone, on the Hellenic Relief website, and on Facebook. The H.R.F. also wants to thank all the volunteers present that day, as well as all the Hellas FM team and H.R.F. family who made the day a major success.
Donations are still being accepted at hellenicrelief.org
The Hellenic Relief Foundation Inc. is a non profit organization (501(c)3) and was founded in 2012, with the goal of raising funds in the United States to be used towards the purchase of food items, and other basic necessities for the underprivileged in Greece that have increased in numbers due to the current crisis. To date, around 700,000 dollars have been remitted, and with donations within Greece, as well as volunteered saocial and medicinal services, the true value of the aid is roughly 1.5 million dollars. The expenses of the HRF are covered by board members. For more information their website is hellenicrelief.org