The Hellenic Initiative’s 7th Annual Gala has raised more than $2.3 million by enthusiastic response from the Greek diaspora.
Beatriz Perez, The Coca-Cola Company SVP, Communications and Sustainability Officer and THI Chairman Andrew Liveris
The Hellenic Initiative’s (THI) hosted its 7th Annual Gala held in New York City raised more than $2.3 million, making it the most successful fundraising event in the Greek Diaspora globally, according to THI President George Stamas. More than 850 guests attended from the U.S., Canada, UK, Europe, and Australia. The event honored the work of The Coca-Cola Foundation.
“This year’s Gala was our best ever and it is a testament to the enthusiasm and dedication of the Greek Diaspora who want to connect to and support the Greek homeland,” said THI Executive Director Peter Poulos.
Now in its seventh year, THI has provided grants of more than $15 million to support its twin missions of building entrepreneurial programs that help keep talented young Greeks from leaving the country and providing crisis relief for underserved communities in Greece, particularly children.
During the Gala, THI and the Coca-Cola company announced a new $1 million donation to ReGeneration. Greece’s largest internship program, which has engaged with more than 400 companies. The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Hellenic Initiative, and the Coca-Cola Company are founding donors of ReGeneration.
About The Hellenic Initiative
Founded in 2012, THI is a global, non-profit, secular institution mobilizing the Greek Diaspora and Philhellene community around the world to support sustainable economic recovery and renewal for the Greek people. THI’s programs build entrepreneurial skills in a new generation of business leaders and also address crisis relief through strong non-profit organizations.
About The Coca-Cola Foundation
Since its inception in 1984, The Coca-Cola Foundation has given back more than $1 billion to enhance the sustainability of local communities worldwide. Priority areas include empowering women, protecting the environment, and enhancing communities through education, youth development, and other community and civic initiatives.