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Hellenic Charity Ball on November 5 with Nana Mouskouri among the Honorees

SAN FRANCISCO — The Elios Charitable Foundation will honor the careers and achievements of four distinguished Greek and Greek-American luminaries at this year’s black-tie Hellenic Charity Ball (HCB), scheduled for Saturday, November 5 including Nana Mouskouri, international singing superstar and best-selling recording artist.

Also among the honorees: Nick Scopas, star athlete and National Roller Derby Hall of Fame legend; Emanuel Kiriakou, multi-award-winning songwriter, record executive and music publisher; and Christopher André Marks, acclaimed film director (“King Otto”), producer and screenwriter.

This year’s Hellenic Charity Ball, the 13th since its inception in 1997, will be co-hosted by Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ television celebrity, journalist and author Debbie Matenopoulos, and prolific author, television (‘Taxi’) and Broadway star Marilu Henner. Both Matenopoulos and Henner are past HCB Honorees.

Presented by Blue Diamond Sponsor, Theadora Vriheas/AT&T, the Hellenic Charity Ball will be held at San Francisco’s elegant and iconic Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street; Frosene Phillips and Elizabeth Grillos are the Ball Co-Directors.

Very limited individual tickets are available and may be purchased online at www.elios.org.

The evening will begin at 6 PM with a lavish cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception followed by a sumptuous dinner at 7 PM and lively awards show dedicated to this year’s honorees. Live dinner music, both during and after, will surely stir everyone’s Greek soul and no doubt prompt some enthusiastic dancing.

This year’s entertainment will feature Mediterranean Soul with Christos Sarantakis on bouzouki, and later, the unbeatable sounds of “America’s Best Dance Band,” HIP Service. Opa!

Special to the evening, celebrity auctioneer Liam Mayclem will take to the stage to tempt guests to express their financial support for the Elios Charitable Foundation’s notable grant recipients.

Elios Charitable Foundation President and Chair John Gumas commented: “On behalf of the Elios Charitable Foundation, it is my honor to announce the details of this year’s Hellenic Charity Ball, an 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 welcome back some of our many past honorees and very special guests from across the country. But of course, the evening is ultimately about raising 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.”


At the heart of the not-for-profit Elios Charitable Foundation, the group’s mission is to preserve and foster the values of Hellenic culture. Through its grants and sponsored projects and programs, the Foundation strives to position Elios as a leader in the community and to make a positive impact in the lives of Greek Americans and Philhellenes.


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