The Greek diaspora and philhellenes internationally have come together to help Greece's economic recovery and provide crisis relief by donating items to be sold in an online auction.
The auction kicks off in advance of The Hellenic Initiative's (THI) 8th Annual Gala on November 12, which will be virtual for the first time.
THI has organised both luxury and charitable pledge auction items that, particularly this year, focus on giving to those in need.
Some of the items up for auction include a 3 day charter in Greece aboard crewed motor yacht Aquila, Celia Kritharioti's Haute Couture wedding gown, artwork by Stephen Antonakos, Jean Prounis earrings, Ancient Greek Sandals, dinner for six at Loi Estiatorio in New York and 2 nights accommodation including breakfast at one of the Belvedere Mykonos properties.
Click here to visit the auction website for art, jewelry, fashion, home, spirits, food, and luxury destinations. Note: the auction will run until Thursday, November 12, 7 PM EDT / 12 midnight GMT.
‘Radiate: The Hellenic Initiative Virtual Gala’
THI will host its first-ever virtual gala on Thursday, November 12, in an event titled ‘Radiate: The Hellenic Initiative Virtual Gala’.
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
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.
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.