The Pancretan Association of America’s Philanthropic Committee hosted its first annual Agape on the Terrace fundraiser on June 8 on the rooftop terrace of the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago. The event, along with silent and live auctions, raised more than$75,000 to benefit orphans, adults and the elderly in Crete in need of healthcare.
The fundraiser will directly benefit several organizations including The Samaritan, established in Sitia in1927, which supports impoverished families and children in need of medical care; The Iliaktida in Iraklion, also known as the Sunray Facility, which assists children diagnosed with cancer; The Agape Center based in Rethymno, caring for adults & children with special needs; The Agios Nektarios Orphanage in Chania, established in 1960; and The Crete Relief Project, an entity of the PAA Philanthropic Fund devoted to helping impoverished families.
More than 250 guests attended the elegant affair, including local celebrities, political and media powerhouses, generous donors and in-kind sponsorship contributors, plus honorary members of the PAA.
Mistress of Ceremonies, Jane Monzures of WLUP and Host of Living Healthy Chicago, introduced the Cretan Youth of Chicago dance troupe. The dancers performed to the traditional sounds of Dinos Mathioudakis on lyra and Demetris Spatharakis on laouto. DJ John Grammatis provided the musical ambiance for the rest of the evening.
The chairmen of the event were Manolis D. Alpogianis and Alexi Gianoulias. The PAA Philanthropic Committee Chair, Evangelia Alpogianis, along with Anna Giannoulias, served as co-chairs.“It was very touching to see the Greek-American community of Chicago come together to support us in this effort,” said John G. Manos, PAA President. “It shows us that the Greek spirit and fire inside of us all is alive and well.” Next month, Manos will formally present the charitable funds to each individual organization alongside the PAA representative in Crete, Ippokrati Beladakis. Next year’s event is already in the works.