The National Hellenic Museum (NHM) hosted its spectacular 2018 Gala on Saturday, May 12th in the magnificent Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. This year’s Gala, themed “Connecting Generations,” celebrated bringing the whole family and community coming together, as well as the diverse stories of the Greek American experience that the NHM collects, preserves, and shares every day of the year. The money funded from the Gala will be utilized to preserving Hellenic legacy in America, primarily with their oral history collection. Over 500 Greek Americans gathered with their friends and family to celebrate their heritage and give to the Museum in the spirit of philanthropy.
Emmy Award-winning entertainment reporter and critic Dean Richards served as Master of Ceremonies. NHM Board Chairman John P. Calamos, Sr. and NHM President Dr. Laura Calamos spoke about how the Museum inspires and educates many generations of Americans through the NHM’s exhibits, classes, and programs, as well as through their vast collection of oral history testimonies of the Greek American story. This year’s event also featured both silent and live auctions to benefit the NHM and its educational mission, raising over $800,000! After dinner, Chicago’s local favorite Chris Sarlas Orchestra featuring George Dimas and Voula Karahaliou and The Levendes featuring Nikos Kourtras were the entertainment for the evening and brought the crowd to their feet as the gala audience danced into the night.