The Greek America Foundation presented its second annual Blue Masque Ball, a fundraising event to benefit charities in debt-stricken Greece, at the Blackstone Hotel on March 16. This year's Honorary Chairs were Susanna and Tom Negovan who brought years of support to local charities of the Greek America Foundation. (Susanna was particularly excited to support and honor her Greek heritage).
The entire ballroom was transformed into a casino gaming floor with blackjack, craps and roulette tables dotting the room. All proceeds from the Ball, which brought together the best of traditional Greek Mardi Gras celebrations in Casino Royale style, benefited Project Hope for Greece. This is a new initiative launched by the Greek America Foundation to support a wide range of accredited charity-driven institutions in Greece that are struggling to solve the problems of its people amidst the country’s worst economic crisis since World War II. Proceeds will be shared with various charities - organizations that have a proven track record in providing support services to the country.
Aristotle Loumis, CEO of Ellison Sunglasses, served as the Young Professionals Chair. Celebrity guests included Constantine Maroulis of American Idol fame (now performing in the musical “Jekyl & Hyde”); Christos Garkinos of Decades LA and BravoTV’s new reality show Dukes of Melrose (with PR guru, Amanda Puck); Evangeline Goutelas of CITE Restaurant and Skyline Equities; and Paula Fasseas of PAWS Chicago. DJ John Grammatis kept the lounge jumpin’ with nonstop music and dancing.
Founded in 1997, the Greek America Foundation’s mission is to “promote, preserve and perpetuate Greek culture, history and heritage in North America.” For more info on this wonderful non-profit, please visit www.greekamerica.org .
Congrats Susanna and Tom! (To read more, please click here!)
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