Thanos Petrelis, a young and well-known Greek singer, will be performing at the National Hellenic Museum’s annual Gala on Saturday, May 9 in Chicago. The Gala is the National Hellenic Museum’s signature yearly fundraising event. In 2015, it will be held at the Field Museum in downtown Chicago. The event includes dinner, music, dancing, live and silent auctions, ethnic performances and entertainment, as well as speeches by the museum director and the honored guest, celebrating the Greek culture and heritage, as well as the Greek-American community.
“We are honored to have this year’s Gala at the Field Museum. We have an exciting evening planned with music, dancing, fine dining and a live auction,” said Vice-Chairman of the Board and Gala Co-chair Aristotle P. Halikias, according to the Chicago Tribune. “The proceeds raised from this event will help us continue to preserve and share important Hellenic values through enriching programs, events and exhibitions.”
“Our annual Gala is a celebration of the art, culture, history and values of Hellenism that we are proud to honor and uphold,” said Elizabeth Martin, executive director of the National Hellenic Museum.
Petrelis was born and raised in Athens, Greece, while he rose to fame when he finished third in Greek reality show “Fame Story.” Since then, he has become a regular in live appearances across Greece, at the beginning with his fellow “Fame Story” contestants and later with major Greek artists. In 2004, he released an album of his own, entitled “Eihe To Hroma T’ Ouranou,” which sold more than 30,000 copies and went gold. Later that same year, he won “Best New Artist” at the Greek Arion Awards.