2019’s Hellenic Charity Gala set for November 16 in San Francisco

Photo by Drew Altizer Photography 2011

The Elios Charitable Foundation recently announced plans for the upcoming biennial Hellenic Charity Ball, scheduled for Saturday, November 16 at San Francisco’s historic Westin St. Francis hotel on Union Square.

This year’s formal dinner dance and awards show will honor four prominent Greek Americans for their extraordinary work in the arts and entertainment industry.

Broadway and Hollywood actor Dennis Boutsikaris, award-winning author and HBO writer/producer George Pelecanos, and Constance Stamatiou, an acclaimed dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will be honored.

Rounding out this year’s slate of honorees is world-renowned film and television animation director and creator Aliki Theofilopoulos.

This year’s sold-out Hellenic Charity Ball, the twelfth since its inception in 1997, will be hosted by popular television and Broadway stars Marilu Henner and Constantine Maroulis.

The gala evening will begin at 6 PM with a lavish cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception and will include a silent auction of one-of-a-kind sporting, travel and leisure, and entertainment opportunities.

Beginning at 7 PM, guests will be seated for a three-course dinner and enjoy a lively awards show featuring this year’s honorees. Live dinner music will be provided by Mediterranean Soul featuring Christos Sarantakis on bouzouki and Venetia Phillips on trumpet.

Mediterranean Soul returns for live Greek dancing following the award show, featuring special guest vocalist Evgenia. Cloud 9, the Bay Area’s premier party band, will top off the evening with its high-energy Top 40 favorites, Pop hits, and more.

Foundation President and Chair John Gumas stated in announcing the event ”it is my honor to announce the details of this year’s Hellenic Charity Ball, a biennial evening that rallies and unifies Greek Americans while reaffirming the essence of our being Greek, our ‘philotimo.’

“I’m proud we can celebrate our distinguished honorees and at the same time, raise financial support and awareness of our Hellenic beneficiaries. It is the support of these programs that truly informs our path forward as proud Greek Americans and Philhellenes,” Gumas added.