The Hellenic Initiative’s (THI) 7th Annual London Gala held at The Dorchester on Thursday, October 5th, demonstrated the Greek Diaspora’s solidarity with the people of Greece in the aftermath of this summer’s devastating floods and wildfires, raising more than $300,000 – a record. The funds raised will support direct crisis relief and economic development for Greece and Cyprus, including continuing backing for young entrepreneurs and startups.
The sold-out Gala was co-chaired by THI Board Member Nikos Stathopoulos, THI London Board Member, Constantine M. Logothetis and THI International Ambassador Princess Tatiana. The event was attended by 410 guests and honored the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, whose mission is to support a diverse range of charitable activities, primarily in places where the founder, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, has lived and worked – the UK, Greece, Cyprus, and Monaco. Also honored was the Hellenic Marine Environmental Protection Association (HELMEPA), whose mission is to increase commitment in Greece’s maritime community to the prevention of pollution, protection of the marine environment, and safety at sea.
THI Board President George P. Stamas and fellow Board Member and Event Co-Chair Nikos Stathopoulos welcomed the guests. Peter Barton, Trustee, UK Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, was presented the first Honoree Award by HRH Princess Tatiana, Event Co-Chair and THI Board Member. The second Honoree Award was presented by renowned actor, author and film maker and THI International Ambassador Nia Vardalos to Semiramis Paliou, Director and CEO, Diana Shipping Inc., Chairperson, HELMEPA, and Chairperson, INTERMEPA. Greek singing star Antonis Remos thrilled the guests during his special performance which began at 10 pm and continued late into the evening.
Nikos Stathopoulos, THI Board Member and Gala Co-chair remarked- “On behalf of the Board of Directors of THI I would like to thank all those involved in this year’s Gala making it the most successful ever. THI continues to raise the bar with its fundraising events in London, New York, Athens and around the world. And I am deeply committed to its mission to help the people of Greece.”
Constantine M. Logothetis, THI London Board Member and Gala Co-chair stated, “Each time we invite Hellenes and Philhellenes to our London Gala in order to support THI’s efforts we are amazed at the turnout and deeply appreciative of everyone’s support. It is an honor to be part of this effort to help the homeland by giving back in significant ways.”