Founded by Greek America Magazine in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of its launch, the Gabby Awards will celebrate Greek America’s Best and Brightest Stars–and will bring together an eclectic group of people from throughout the nation bonded together with their common Greek heritage.
Honorary Co-Chairs of the Gabby Awards are actress Melina Kanakaredes and menswear designer John Varvatos. The show will be emceed by Chicago’s own Emmy Award winning television journalist Anna Davlantes.
Eight awards will be handed out that evening in business, performing arts, athletics, promotion of Hellenism, politics, arts & culture, education and philanthropy at an awards show a the Reskin Theater. A Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented to Academy Award winning actress Olympia Dukakis by Fox Films Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos. The one-of-a-kind statuette that will be given to the winners has been designed by legendary Greek jewelry designer Konstantino.
Voting is taking place now at http://www.gabbyawards.com by the general public.
There are five nominees in each category. The winners will be announced at a gala awards show in Chicago on June 19th, followed by a festive after party featuring Greece’s platinum voice, Glykeria and Kostas Karafotis, together with their complete orchestra from Greece. The after party includes unlimited food and open bar and will take place at the Hilton Hotel and Towers, immediately after the awards show.
Proceeds from the Gabby Awards will benefit the Hellenic Legacy Fund, a new endowment fund of the Greek America Foundation that was founded for the sole purpose of awarding scholarships to university students for study abroad opportunities in Greece. The Greek America Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and perpetuating the Greek culture, history and heritage in America.
To purchase tickets, reserve discounted hotel rooms, vote or become a sponsor, visit www.gabbyawards.com