The Greek-American Elios Society held its 8th star-studded Hellenic Charity Ball on November 12, 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Fransisco. Singer Anna Vissi, director and actor Nick Cassavetes, rocker and Broadway star Constantine Maroulis and entertainer Louie Gundunas were among the 2011 honorees of this year’s glamorous Greek-American gala. Anna Vissi and Constantine Maroulis performed at the event, along with other local bands. Watch the video from the event below:
“The Hellenic Charity Ball represents a synthesis of achievements: a veritable Who’s Who of the most influential Greek Americans in business and entertainment today, joining to celebrate centuries of Hellenic influence on American culture: one part Greek family reunion, one part gala fundraiser, finished with a touch of Hollywood glamour,” said Elios Society President Anthony T. Saris.
Founded to celebrate and preserve the spirit, values and ideals of Hellenic culture and heritage, the Elios Society launched the Hellenic Charity Ball in 1997 as a way to continually note the ongoing arts and entertainment contributions of Greek-Americans on American culture.
Past honorees and participants have included Michael Chiklis, Maria Menounos, Marilu Henner, Nia Vardalos, Olympia Dukakis, Nicholas Gage, Tony Orlando, Melina Kanakaredes and many others.
The Hellenic Charity Ball is one of San Francisco’s most star-studded gala events, honoring the brightest arts and entertainment luminaries in the Greek-American community.
In format, the evening included a formal seated dinner and award show that attracted over 700 taste-makers and industry leaders from the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
Proceeds from this year’s gala will support several organizations and projects that preserve and promote Greek heritage and the arts.