NEW YORK – Greeks from around the world have come together to help Greece's economic recovery and provide crisis relief by donating items to be sold in an online auction running through Thursday, November 12, 7 PM EDT / 12 midnight GMT.
The auction kicks off in advance of The Hellenic Initiative's (THI) 8th Annual Gala on November 12, which will be virtual for the first time due to COVID-19 restrictions.
THI has organized both luxury and charitable pledge auction items that, particularly this year, focus on giving to those in need.
Visit auction website for art, jewelry, fashion, home, spirits, food, and luxury destinations: https://www.thiauction.com/lite-ui/?controller=home.
Pledges to hunger relief, health and social welfare support, and vocational training programs may also be made online: https://www.thiauction.com/lite-ui/?controller=pledges&category=All%20Pledges.
The items up for auction include artwork by Stephen Antonakos, earrings by Hellenic Aesthetic, Stray Dog Wild Gin, Ancient Greek Sandals, dinner for six at Loi Estiatorio in New York, and a three-night stay at one of ten properties in the Myconian Villa Collection, Mykonos.
The charitable auction includes the following organizations: Prolepsis, HOPEgenesis, The Greek Food Bank, Agigma Zois, Enaleia, Venture Garden, The Ark of the World (Kivotos tou Kosmou), The Venture Impact Awards, and The Greek Youth Symphony Orchestra.
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 and build entrepreneurial skills in a new generation of business leaders. Since 2012, THI has committed or distributed $5.7 million in direct crisis relief and $10.1 million in economic and entrepreneurial development. Last year's Gala raised more than $2.3 million, making it the most successful fundraising event in the Greek diaspora globally.
More information about THI is available online: http://www.TheHellenicInitiative.org/.