The Hellenic Initiative (THI), a global, non-profit institution whose mission is to provide direct crisis relief to the people of Greece, will host its first-ever virtual gala on Thursday, November 12, in an event titled 'Radiate: The Hellenic Initiative Virtual Gala'.
The event which will unite the Greek diaspora and philhellenes internationally, is a call-to-action that will illuminate a Greece of innovation, strength, and resiliency by telling the business success stories of THI’s many grantees.
"The Greek diaspora, even generations after so many built new and successful lives around the world, has never forgotten its roots," THI Executive Director Peter Poulos said.
"Which is why so many Greeks, wherever they are, have a passionate commitment to supporting their homeland. Our Annual Gala is simply a vehicle for Greeks to raise funds that help the place from which they came," he added.
The 8th Annual Gala will provide pandemic crisis relief and help Greek businesses and entrepreneurs who took an economic hit when pandemic travel restrictions ravaged Greece’s all-important tourism industry — a sector which is normally recession- and disaster-proof.
This celebrity filled event will include special performances from:
- Rita Wilson, Greek American actress, singer, songwriter, and producer
- Christos Mastoras, lead singer of Melisses, the popular Greek rock band
- Monika, one of Greece’s most acclaimed indie artists
- The Greek Youth Symphony Orchestra, featuring young Greek musicians
What: "Radiate: The Hellenic Initiative Virtual Gala"
When: Thursday, November 12
Time: New York 6–7pm EST and London 11pm-12am GMT
- New York Tickets: Individual $250, New Leaders $100 (21-40 years old). For U.S. sponsorship, please click here.
- London Tickets: Individual £200, New Leaders £50 (21-40 years old). For U.K. sponsorship, please click here.
Silent Auction: During the online event, THI will host a silent auction. THI has organised both luxury and charitable auction items that, particularly this year, focus on giving to those in need. As in prior years, Greek artists, food and wine purveyors, luxury destinations, and fashion and jewellery designers from around the world have come together to donate items. The bidding website will be available soon.
The Hellenic Initiative
Founded in 2012, THI is a global, nonprofit, secular institution mobilising the Greek diaspora and philhellene community to support sustainable economic recovery and renewal for the Greek people. THI's programs address crisis relief through strong nonprofit organisations and build entrepreneurial skills in a new generation of business leaders. Since 2012, THI has committed or distributed $5.7 million in direct crisis relief and $10.1 million in economic and entrepreneurial development. Last year's Gala raised more than $2.2 million, making it the most successful fundraising event in the Greek diaspora globally.