x

Associations

HOLIDAY FETES: AGAPW Holiday Loft Party Raises Scholarship Funds

NEW YORK – The wonderful studio loft of artists Michael and Niki Kapsalis was the scene of the 2105 Holiday Benefit Celebration of the Association of Greek American Professional Women (AGAPW) on December 11 where guests were welcomed by its President and Founder, Olga Alexakos.

People came and went throughout the evening enjoying food, fellowship – and art. The warm space was decorated with the work of Niki and Michael Kapsalis, jewelry, and abstract expressionist paintings respectively Exceptional paintings grace the walls, but dozens of canvases tucked into the stalls at the end of the huge living room/studio beckoned and some guests said they hoped to see them one day.

The party was also the occasion for raising funds to benefit the AGAPW Excellence Tuition Scholarship fund. Among the items available for auction were photographs by AGAPW Vice President/Community Liaison Aphrodite Desiree Navab. Guests who bought raffles won jewelry created by Niki Kapsalis and designer scarves made by Sopia Alimonos.

Niki Kapsalis has been creating jewelry for a long time, but she made a radical break –literally and figuratively – after a trip to Croatia for years ago, where jewelry making is taught in its schools on a high level.

“I told my sister I wanted everything I saw,” and when she returned to Greece she destroyed what she had created up to that point and began anew.

She also makes clothing, which, like her jewelry is both for personal use and commercial purposes. Niki is also passionate about AGAPW and its mission.

agapw2

Niki Kapsalis and Olga Alexakos

“I met Olga by a stroke of luck through a good friend who brought her one day to our loft,” she said, and they immediately became close friends. She was thrilled to host the event and looks forward to inviting AGAPW back.

Alexakos told TNH “We were blessed to celebrate another Holiday Season with family and friends! Our generous hosts and supporters Niki and Michael Kapsalis opened their Soho Studio loft for us so we were surrounded by great art!”

She summarized what she called “another active year for AGAPW”– among the many things she said she is thankful for during the holiday season – and has been busy with the Board planning for 2016. It’s all about bringing together and helping people. “Our events have become great networking opportunities for women as well as for men, of various professional backgrounds. We share information and support one another,” she said.

AGAPW events, Alexakos said, also enable Greek Americans “to connect with their heritage and build their professional relations within the community.”

“The Association of Greek American Professional Women (AGAPW) is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, charitable and educational…and is an independent organization, started by and run by women on a volunteer, pro bono basis. Its mission is to expand career opportunities and promote community and leadership building among Greek-American professional women by forging collaborations among ourselves and establishing partnerships with other organizations,” according to agapw.org.

 

RELATED

LONDON, UK – The Conservative Friends of Cyprus (CFCyprus) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and Executive Chairman Jason Charalambous, on behalf of the Board and the entire team, shared best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year, adding that a series of exciting events and initiatives are scheduled, beginning with CFCyprus’ annual New Year’s reception on January 25.

Top Stories

Associations

ASTORIA – The Pancyprian Choir of NY held its first meeting of 2022 and shared best wishes for the New Year with their annual cutting of the traditional vasilopita at Dionysos Taverna in Astoria on January 24.

Associations

BRONX, NY – In a festive atmosphere, the traditional cutting of the vasilopita was held by the Northern Chios Society of Pelineon Agia Markella in the community hall of Zoodohos Peghe Greek Orthodox Church in the Bronx on January 23.

Society

ATHENS – A major snow storm that had been predicted for days still caught residents in Greece offguard and the New Democracy government scrambling for answers as to why motorists were stuck for hours on major roads.

Video

Prosecutors in Floyd Killing Probe Use-of-Force Training

ST. PAUL, Minn — Prosecutors in the federal trial of three former Minneapolis police officers in George Floyd's killing probed the department's training on use of force, a key issue at the heart of charges that the officers violated Floyd's civil rights.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.