Chicago-Area Restaurants Team with Hellenic American Leadership Council to Raise Relief Funds For Greece’s Fire Victims

Restaurants throughout the greater Chicago area joined together with the Chicago-based group, Hellenic American Leadership Council, to help raise funds for victims of Greece’s fires that devastated the country last week.

On August 1, a long list of Greek-American restaurants participated in the event, donating 10 percent of all proceeds to the victims of the fire.

Endy Zemenides, the HALC’s Executive Director encouraged people to visit the restaurants in support of Greece saying, “We urge everyone to visit these restaurants on August 1st, enjoy the food, and know that every dollar spent makes a difference.”

To date, the fires that swept through the popular tourist seaside town of Mati and scorched a part of East Attica killed 91 people while 25 people are still missing with countless injured. Thousands fled the fires while more than 700 people jumped into the sea to escape the flames.

The Hellenic American Leadership Council launched a Greece Wildfire Relief Campaign on GoFundMe to help provide direct financial aid to emergency services and the Greek Red Cross.

So far they have raised $183,736 of their $250,000 goal, and the fund is still open to donations.

Check out the GoFundMe Greece Wildfire Relief Campaign here.

The following Chicagoland restaurants partnered with the HALC to raise money on August 1 for the Greek communities impacted by the fires:

Greek Islands – Chicago
Greek Islands – Lombard
Greek Kitchen – Chicago Loop
Greek Kitchen – Chicago Loop
Greek Kitchen – Chicago Loop
Greek Kitchen – Streeterville
Greek Kitchen – Oakbrook
Avli Restaurant – Winnetka
Plateia Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar – Des Plaines
Kanela Breakfast Club – Wicker Park 60622
Kanela Breakfast Club – Lakeview
Kanela Breakfast Club – Old Town
Kanela Breakfast Club – Streeterville
Kanela Breakfast Club – Andersonville
Kanela Breakfast Club – Ukrainian Village
Artopolis Bakery, Cafe & Agora – Chicago