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HJ Annual Holiday Tradition of Joy

Dear Readers:

Once again, this month’s Hellenic Journal offers you an opportunity to take time out from your busy schedule and receive the joyful messages from our Hellenic community.

In keeping with this annual tradition, many HJ readers share inspirational Holiday Greetings with you throughout the paper. It is the season of sharing, reflecting and celebrating with family and friends. This tradition is an extension of that spirit.

As I’ve remarked here over the years, you may spot a greeting from an old friend and be inspired to give them a call, send them an email, or drop them a card in the mail. We are reminded that these simple gestures are still appreciated. This HJ tradition also offers a unique voice and connection with one another throughout the season.

May you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  

Ka la la la la, la la Christouyenna!

 

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THIS MONTH’S FEATURE STORY

Elios’ 2015 Hellenic Charity Ball celebrates its 10th Anniversary with style, surprises, spirit

The Elios Charitable Foundation continued to raise awareness and funds at the 10th Anniversary Hellenic Charity Ball at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

This year’s event raised $520,000, which is the highest amount raised in the event’s history. Proceeds from the star-studded event benefit Greek educational and cultural programs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The biennial gala paid tribute to distinguished arts and entertainment luminaries in the Greek-American community; this year’s honorees were cinematographer and director Constantine Makris (Law & Order, Orange is the New Black); actor and dancer Gilles Marini (Sex and the City: The Movie, Brothers & Sisters, Dancing With The Stars) and comedian Demetri Martin (The Daily Show, Important Things with Demetri Martin). Singer-songwriter Ariana Savalas, was presented with the Elios Spotlight Award and 2009 Hellenic Charity Ball Honoree, Marilu Henner, was the evening’s emcee.

Demetri Martin shook hands, embraced and delighted guests as he made his way to the podium to accept his Elios Award. Guests were treated to a 10-minute Greek-oriented comedy routine. “I said ‘Mom, if you could be anything. If you could pick any race, religion, creed, whatever, ethnicity, if you could pick any one, what would you pick?’ And she said, ‘Greek.’ And I said, ‘you're so lucky that worked out for you.’"

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Frosene Phillips

HCB 2015 Honorees Gilles Marini, Ariana Savalas, Demetri Martin, Constantine Makris

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