This past weekend was magical for those involved and supporting the efforts of the Greek America Foundation. We were literally at do many different places at one time.
Nike and Brandon flew to Los Angeles to put the finishing touches on preparations for the Gabby Awards while events and projects were taking place throughout the country to support Project Hope for Greece.
In Anaheim, California, Thanasi Papoulias answered our call to arms and organized a fundraiser screening of Hello Anatolia, a film that was executive produced by the Greek America Foundation and that I was involved with personally, as well.
In Boston, one of our long time advocates, Tina Papadopoulos, organized a Project Hope Fundraiser with food, music and fellowship.
Finally, in Toronto– a group of youngsters– many teenagers, hosted their own event for Project Hope. Here, they showed a film they made for the Greek America Foundation’s Short Film Contest.
Today, Alethea Avramis and Steven Priovolos will take time out of their own busy day to shoot an interview with Doug Atchison, the award winning director of the film Akeelah and the Bee who will speak on camera about Sid Ganis– the man we are honoring at the Gabby Awards.
All around, this organization is inspiring people to create, to mobilize, to support, to engage, to be philanthropic… And to care.
The Toronto boys made a sign thanking the Greek America Foundation… It should be the other way around. We should be making big signs with bright lights thanking them… And Brandon, and Nike, and Thanasi, and Tina, and Alethea and Steven, and everyone else throughout the continent who has stepped up and transformed this organization into an international force, practically overnight.