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Hellenic Initiative’s London Gala Raises Over $320K for Greek Causes

Hellenic Initiative London Gala
The crowd at the London gala dances to the tunes of Greek singer Despina Vandi. Credit: The Hellenic Initiative

The Hellenic Initiative’s (THI) London Gala held on September 22nd raised over 340,000 Euros, ($326,000) to support economic development, entrepreneurship, and crisis relief in Greece.

Almost four hundred guests marked the tenth anniversary of the THI London Gala held at London’s renowned Dorchester Hotel.

The Gala celebrated “ten years of uniting the global diaspora for Greece” with a reception and silent auction.

The dinner was followed by a welcome from THI Board Member Nikos Stathopoulos. The event was co-chaired by Stathopoulos, THI UK Trustee Constantine Logothetis, and THI International Ambassador Princess Tatiana.

Hellenic Initiative London Gala
Nikos Stathopoulos speaks at the London Gala. Credit: The Hellenic Initiative

Hellenic Initiative: London Gala shows support of diaspora for Greece

“The remarkable love and support of the diaspora for Greece and its people exist all over the world, from the USA to the UK to Australia to Europe,” Stathopoulos said. “The London Gala is a shining example of this.”

The event honored two UK-based charities active in Greece.

Stathopoulos noted that it was fitting this year as the “eyes of the world were on the UK at the passing of our beloved Queen that we honor two UK-based charities, in this most philhellenic of countries.” He presented an award to the Conservation Collective, and Princess Tatiana presented a second award to the Prince’s Trust International.

The THI Gala Honoree, Conservation Collective, is a global network of seventeen local environment foundations dedicated to preserving the environment and reversing climate change. The Collective does work in the Cycladic and Ionian islands and in Greece’s Argolic Gulf.

Prince’s Trust International (PTI) is an organization founded by the Prince of Wales, now King Charles III, to address the global crisis in youth unemployment. PTI has supported over thousands of Greek youth through education and employment opportunities.

After dinner, popular Greek singer Despina Vandi performed for the enthusiastic crowd. Vandi is one of Greece’s most successful and multitalented performers, with her singing and acting career transcending Greece’s borders.

The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global non-profit organization bringing together diaspora Greeks and philhellenes to invest in the future of Greece by creating programs that offer crisis relief as well as Greek entrepreneurship and economic development.

Most recently, it has partnered with SOS Children’s Villages and Together for Children to provide housing and health care for Ukrainian mothers and children who are refugees in Greece.

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