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So Blue Greek Ceramics and Gifts Fundraiser for Ionian Village

December 7, 2021

LEXINGTON, SC – Elizabeth Kakouras Chiarel, owner of So Blue Greek Ceramics and Gifts, spoke to The National Herald about the Ionian Village fundraiser that she is working on with her business.

“I began this small business 19 years ago and import handmade ceramics from Greece along with other artisan products,” she told TNH. “Last year, during this time, with the blessing of Ionian Village, So Blue Greek Ceramics and Gifts worked with an artist/iconographer in Greece to design an ornament we could sell to raise funds for the rebuild at the camp after the devastating tornado in October 2020. Within a few days after advertising on social media and in The Orthodox Observer the first batch of ornaments sold out. Thankfully the artist was able to paint an additional amount which also sold out. We were able to order 50 more to sell in January.  We were able to donate a tremendous amount to the camp and this year decided to order another batch of ornaments.”

“It is our hope that we can continue to sell these beautiful ornaments and donate even more needed funds to Ionian Village, a ministry that means so much to so many people, including my own children,” Kakouras Chiarel told TNH.

The ornaments are sold online: https://www.sobluegreekceramics.com/.

So Blue Greek Ceramics and Gifts is based in South Carolina and ships all over the USA.

Established in 2002, So Blue Greek Ceramics and Gifts began selling handmade and hand-painted ceramic pieces from the Peloponnesian region of Greece. Over the years, the collection has expanded and includes stunning, one of a kind works of art from all over Greece. In addition to ceramics, So Blue’s collection also features fine linens including pillow covers, table runners, and towels. Works created by Greek-American artists and designers based in the U.S. are also available.

Ionian Village is a unique summer camping program located in Greece and operated by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Teens and young adults that participate in Ionian Village travel across Greece, venerate the relics of saints, walk in the footsteps of the Apostles, and visit significant sites of Greek history and culture. At the end of the program, staff and campers return to their homes with strengthened faith and with a greater appreciation for the Church and for Greek culture and heritage.

In consultation with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America COVID-19 Support Team, the Ionian Village Ministry is carefully monitoring COVID-19 and its potential impact on the summer of 2022. The most significant priority is the safety and wellbeing of all participants, provided within an environment consistent with the spirit of Ionian Village. At press time, registration for the 2022 Summer Sessions will open on March 1, 2022, at 12 noon EST.

More information about the Ionian Village is available online: https://www.ionianvillage.org/home.

So Blue Greek Ceramics and Gifts on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sobluegreekceramics/.



Ambassador Dimitrios Tsikouris (JD, MA) has a 36-year-long career in the Greek Diplomatic Service with assignments in Germany, the United Nations, New Orleans, Washington, DC, NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy, Iran, Belgium, Indonesia, Malaysia, and ASEAN.

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