The Greek-American Elios Society is organizing the 8th Hellenic Charity Ball to be held 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 are among the 2011 honorees of this year’s glamorous Greek-American show business gala. Anna Vissi and Constantine Maroulis will also perform at the event, along with a to-be-announced lineup of other actors and performers.
Proceeds from this year’s gala will support several organizations and projects that preserve and promote Greek heritage and the arts. This year’s beneficiaries will be announced at a later date.
“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.