Hellenic Boston Businesses Unite Celebrates 1st Annual Winter White Gala

WATERTOWN, MA – Hellenic Boston Businesses Unite (HBBU) hosted its inaugural Winter White Gala on February 3 at the Oakley Country Club in Watertown and raised funds for The Metropolis of Boston Camp and The SOTIR Center.

The vibrant event, hosted by HBBU, a newly-launched nonprofit that works to unite New England-based, Greek businesses and professionals in selfless acts driven by honor and ‘philotimo’, welcomed over 65 guests who enjoyed music by Salonica Boys and participated in a silent auction to support the children of the Metropolis of Boston Camp (MBC) and the SOTIR Center in Thessaloniki, Greece.

“There is much to be thankful for, and most importantly I thank God,” said Panayiota Asimacos, HBBU Founder and President. “Accompanied by His love and light, I founded HBBU, with a vision of uniting the Greek community, of not only businessmen and women, but professionals as well. My dream was to bring everyone together with ‘philotimo’ in our hearts.”

HBBU Founder and President Panayiota Asimacos and Vice President Chrisoula Salamanis-Rivera. Photo: Julianna Rivera-Lavoie

The event began with welcome remarks by Asimacos, followed by commentary by MBC Program Director Louis Stamoulis and MBC Girls’ Director Demetra Zouzas, and concluded with words by Fr. Athanasios Nenes, presiding priest of the Taxiarchae/ Archangels Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown.

Also present showing their support were representatives from numerous young professionals, parish youth groups and other organizations promoting Hellenism, including AHEPA, The Hellenic Initiative, Hellenic Professional Women, Pan-Icarian Brotherhood of America, and Sons of Pericles.

The Diamond Sponsor of the gala, who donated a minimum of $1,000, was Savvas Fetfatsidis. Silver Sponsors, who donated a minimum of $500, included Real Estate Advisors Group, DoubleMasters, Faggas Funeral Home, Chris Christopoulos Group, and The Gardens Cemetery. Dessert sponsors were Sophia’s Pantry and Party Favors, and the flower sponsor was Beattie Square Florist.

The event included an array of silent auction prizes such as a Maine Lake House weekend getaway in March valued at $1,000 and donated by Patrycja and Pawel Nowakowski; a wine event for eight valued at $600 and donated by The AF Foundation; a framed print of Athens valued at $500 and donated by Tony Kariotis of Greece Media; a two-night stay at Paros Hotel Naoussa, Greece, valued at $300 and donated by Tony Kariotis of Greece Media; a table for four at the Ploutarhos concert on February 28 valued at $400 and donated by Kingsize Concerts and Greek Music Live Boston; a table for four at the Antypas concert on March 24 valued at $400 and donated by Kingsize Concerts and Greek Music Live Boston; and a Charlotte Tilbury custom gift basket valued at $500 and donated by Dawn Georgiadis; Celtics tickets valued at $1,000 and donated by Nick Ligris; Bruins tickets valued at $650 and donated by Alex J. Seifart; and Red Sox tickets valued at $500 and donated by Mike Maloney.

Attendees dancing to the music of Salonica Boys at the Hellenic Boston Businesses Unite 1st Annual Winter White Gala. Photo: Julianna Rivera-Lavoie

Hellenic Boston Businesses Unite will be launching membership in the coming months. For more updates and information on Hellenic Boston Businesses Unite, visit www.hbbu.org.

MBC is the Camping Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston. The Mission of the Metropolis of Boston Camp is to enhance the lives of its participants by bringing campers and staff into a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ, their Orthodox faith, and Hellenic culture. MBC provides the opportunity for young people of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston to foster a life-long appreciation and love of their Orthodox faith, friends, and cultural heritage. More information is available online: www.metropolisofbostoncamp.org.

The Hellenic Boston Businesses Unite 1st Annual Winter White Gala cake by Party Favors. Photo: Julianna Rivera-Lavoie

The SOTIR Center in Thessaloniki, Greece is a non-profit organization created by specialized scientists and the Association of Parents of Children with Disabilities. The center was created out of the dire need to provide education and training to children with disabilities, as well as assist with independent living. The purpose of SOTIR is special and social education, professional training, social inclusion and protected living of people with disabilities. For more information, visit www.kentroameasotir.gr.


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