The Hellenic Initiative’s (THI) 6th Annual Gala held in New York City on Friday, September 21 raised more than $2 million and more than 750 guests attended. Funds raised will be invested in entrepreneurial programs and economic development opportunities in Greece and also will provide crisis relief for underserved communities in Greece, particularly for children.
The Gala is the largest and most successful Greek Diaspora fundraising event and is attended by Greeks from the U.S., Canada, UK, Europe, and Australia. THI leads the Greek diaspora community internationally in raising awareness and capital for Greece.Since its inception, THI has distributed more than $13 million for economic development and crisis relief in Greece.
Following the event’s moto, attendees came “All, together” to raise relief funds to support orphan victims of the catastrophic wildfire in Greece. Father Alex lead with a prayer, while the business world’s elite had a strong presence: Michael Psaros, Katsimatidis, Logothetis, John Papajohn. Jokes and pleasantries were exchanged during the silent auction, where Mr. Papajohn won to caskets of rare champagne Chateaux for $50,000.
Artists and enterpreneurs marked the evening with their dazzling presence.
2018 GALA HONOREES
*Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever and THI’s Regeneration program partner. THI’s ReGeneration program was launched in 2014 to train, mentor, and place highly qualified millennials in internships at top Greek and multinational companies. More than 520 internships have been created at more than 200 companies. Recognized as the top internship program in Greece, more than 80 percent of participants secure a contract extension or hire.
*Corinne Mentzelopoulos, philanthropist, owner, and CEO of Château Margaux.
Emcee of the evening was Chris Diamantopoulos, actor HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” Amazon’s “The Dangerous Book for Boys,” and Disney’s voice of Mickey Mouse.
About The Hellenic Initiative
Founded in 2012, THI is a global, nonprofit, secular institution mobilizing the Greek diaspora and Philhellene community around the world to support sustainable economic recovery and renewal for the Greek people. THI’s programs address crisis relief through strong nonprofit organizations. THI also builds entrepreneurial skills in a new generation of business leaders.