By:Betina Crione Guest Writer for World Liberty TV
The Hellenic Initiative’s 5th Annual Gala on September 29 2017, Supports Entrepreneurial Programs in Greece Event Honors UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna V. Vardinoyannis and The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award Funded by The Libra Group.
The Hellenic Initiative (THI), which leads the Greek diaspora community internationally in raising awareness and capital for Greece, is hosting its 5th Annual Gala to raise funds that will be invested in entrepreneurial programs in Greece. The gala also will support Greek NGOs that foster economic development opportunities and provide crisis relief for underserved communities in Greece, particularly children.
Attendees included: Emcee: Sakis Rouvas. Distinguished for his charity work and social responsibility, Rouvas is the leading Greek artist and the messenger of ELPIDA’s Association of Friends of Children With Cancer.
Actress Nia Vardalos.
Entrepreneurial legend John Pappajohn.
THI Chairman Andrew N. Liveris, chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company.
Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award winner Evangelos Pappas, Founder, RT Safe.
HONOREES: Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, a visionary who, for the past three decades, has devoted her life to charity and social solidarity, also has been helping to fight childhood cancer and support human rights. She is founder and president of the Marianna Vardinoyannis Foundation, of ELPIDA’s Association of Friends of Children With Cancer, and of the ORAMA ELPIDAS Volunteer Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Since 1999 she has been Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO promoting the protection of children and has earned awards and international recognition for her extensive humanitarian work.
The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award, funded and administered by THE LIBRA GROUP on behalf of THI, supports Greek startup companies. The award has granted more than $5.6 million to 19 promising Greek startups over the past four years. The 2017 winners will have the opportunity to share $1.49 million, along with mentoring and business support.
Founded in 2012, THI is a global, nonprofit, secular institution mobilizing the Greek diaspora and Philhellene community to support sustainable economic recovery and renewal for the Greek people. THI’s programs address crisis relief through strong nonprofit organizations. THI also builds entrepreneurial skills in a new generation of business leaders.