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The Hellenic Initiative’s Annual NY Gala Is Back In Person!
The Hellenic Initiative’s Annual NY Gala Is Back In Person!
The Hellenic Initiative (THI), the leading group uniting the Greek diaspora and philhellenes internationally, is once again hosting its Annual Gala in person after last year’s virtual-only event. Funds raised will provide continued pandemic crisis relief and help foster Greek economic recovery opportunities after months of fiscal challenges. “Greeks have always come together to aid those in less fortunate situations,” THI Board President and Gibson Dunn Partner George P. Stamas said. “This was true of immigrants who left the homeland at the beginning of the last century and continues today. The spirit of philotimo (φιλότιμο) — interpreted as helping others and pride in community — is alive and well. We’re proud to be the catalyst that helps the diaspora continue this proud tradition.”
This 9th Annual Gala will be held in person and available to stream live online on Saturday, December 4 at Cipriani (55 Wall Street, New York, 10005, between William & Hanover Streets).Titled “Moving Forward Together,” the event will highlight stories of Greek resilience in the face of adversity. Since its founding, THI has raised USD $17 million for grants supporting NGOs and economic development projects in Greece.
Johnson & Johnson Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Alex Gorsky will be honored during the event. Mr. Gorsky is one of just seven leaders who have served in the dual role since the company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1944.
From 1983 to 1984, Mr. Gorsky was stationed in Drama, Greece as part of his military service and learned to speak Greek at the Defense Language Institute. A philhellene, Mr. Gorsky was instrumental in developing a relationship between Johnson & Johnson and THI. Johnson & Johnson has been an essential hiring partner for THI’s successful ReGeneration program since its inception. Launched in 2014 to train, mentor, and place highly qualified millennials in internships at top Greek and multinational companies, the program has created 1600+ youth job placements, unlocking more than €11.5 million in salaries. Recognized as the top internship program in Greece, more than 80 percent of participants secure a contract extension or hire.
The event will be hosted by one of Greece’s most popular recording artists Sakis Rouvas. Additional special guests are expected to attend.
For tickets and tables information can be found at https://www.eventora.com/en/Events/2021-this-new-york-gala
The Hellenic Initiative’s London Gala a Great Success!
The Hellenic Initiative (THI) raised more than $270,000 for charities that benefit and protect children in Greece at its recent annual London Gala. At the renowned Dorchester Hotel 300 Diaspora Hellenes and Philhellenes raised funds for ELEPAP, one of the oldest charitable organizations in Greece, and the ELIZA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Constantine M. Logothetis, THI London Board Member, Nikos Stathopoulos, THI Board Member, and Princess Tatiana, THI International Ambassador chaired the event that has endeared itself to the Greek and Cypriot communities in Western Europe.
ELEPAP’s Video Recognition and Award was accepted by Marianna Moschou and Eleni Skouteli, and the ELIZA Video Recognition and Award was accepted by Marina Karella and Ileana Makri. Stathopoulos offered closing remarks and thanked the guests, donors, and all who made the gathering possible. The evening’s entertainment was headlined by one of Greece’s most popular singers, Elli Kokkinou.
With attendance in London limited by COVID restriction – the Gala was one of the city’s first mass events since the onset of the pandemic – ticket sales were supplemented by donations from around the world.
“We are very happy to have organized this event and to be with the Greek and Cypriot communities in London. We succeeded in raising a substantial amount of funds to support two philanthropic organizations that make priceless contributions to society,” said THI’s Executive Director Peter Poulos.
ELEPAP’s vision is “for every child with a disability, wherever he/she lives in Greece, to have the care he/she needs. In this way, he/she will be able to reach his/her full potential.”
Eliza declares that it is, “our duty is to join forces declaring ‘Zero Tolerance for Child Abuse’ as an essential prerequisite for a healthy society.”
HI’s 9th Annual New York Gala will be held December 4 at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan.
Nikos Stathopoulos, THI Board Member and London Gala Co-chair, stated, “the mission of THI is simple, and yet so very profound: to engage Greeks all over the world to support our precious Ellada coming out of these difficult years of austerity, and to revitalize the Greek economy by promoting Greek innovation and entrepreneurship. To date we have invested close to $20 million directly and over $30 million indirectly to aid in helping Greeks and Greece. THI has become the most important Greek Diaspora organization in the world.”
Constantine M. Logothetis, THI London Gala Co-chair, said “we are so proud and honoured to convene so many of the Greek diaspora in the UK for this event. This Gala not only serves to fulfil the goals of The Hellenic Initiative in supporting Greeks in Greece but also to strengthen the ties in our local community and to celebrate our Hellenism.”
Princess Tatiana, THI London Gala Co-chair, said, “our two Gala honorees, ELIZA and ELEPAP, are working to help the most vulnerable children in Greece, They provide loving and caring support, crucial for the proper development of these children. We thank them for their continued commitment to the betterment of Greek society.”
For more information on The Hellenic Initiative and activities their website is thehellenicinitiative.org