There are some things that move you, that save the humanity in all of us. Just like the event that took place in our offices last Tuesday night, during the presentation of the book by Professor Andre Gerolymatos “An International Civil War, Greece 1943- 1949”, published by Yale University Press.
When I stood up to say goodbye to Andreas Dracopoulos, the Co-President and Director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, who was about to depart with his colleagues, he asked me to join him in an adjacent room where he handed me two checks, a personal one in the amount of $ 25,000 and one from the Foundation in matching funds for $10,000 in support of the National Herald’s Fund for the Neediest.
What can one say at such a moment? Words can not describe the emotion you feel.
Not only for the act itself, which certainly is not insignificant, but for the manner in which he did it and for the magnitude of this generous act for TNH’s Foundation and therefore for the neediest.
Naturally, after Dracopoulos departed, I announced this act to those present, who were greatly appreciative.
And, moreover, some of them told me in private of their own desire to make a donation to the Foundation.
It goes without saying that not everyone can offer such amounts, no matter how much they would like to.
However, this is of little importance. What truly matters is participation, the power in unity, the will and the concern to add another building block, to help a fellow human being to the extent that is possible - that is what matters - at a time of need.
But there are also those who can help more. They might do so differently. And in this perfectly understandable. The needs of people can not be met by one person or one institution.
Besides, even the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, which is internationally recognized for its generosity as well as the attentive, highly professional manner with which it is carries out its sponsorships, collaborates with other institutions for the multiplication of its performance. Thus, Dracopoulos apparently decided to support our project as well, because there is trust as far as the management of funds is concerned, but also because he understands that there is collective knowledge and opinion in our organization about our community’s general needs.
For our Foundation, the vote of confidence from Andreas Dracopoulos means greater responsibility. So we will soon announce a new initiative which will make the Foundation more accessible, more transparent, and more efficient.
When a year ago we decided to upgrade the Foundation into a not for profit, tax except organization, we made grandiose plans. Now we are at the starting to create a fund which will be able to meet our high objectives. Please be part of it. Send whatever you can to:
The National Herald, Inc. The National Herald Foundation 37-10 30 Street L.I. C. NY 11101