(Chicagoland) – The Greek American Rehabilitation and Care Centre of Wheeling, Illinois held our Hellenic Legacy Gala on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Westin O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois.
During this event, we proudly announced exciting plans to develop and create a multipurpose Hellenic Village for our Greek American Community.
Gala Chairwomen, Tina Mantis and Maria Ress, along with advisor, Eleni Bousis, and their dedicated Committee, outdid themselves this year with an extraordinarily beautiful event. The Gala, which is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Centre, was a great success and aptly demonstrated the love and loyalty that our community has for the Home and for our residents.
Master of Ceremonies, John Davis, kept the evening flowing and entertained everyone with his charm and wit. The stage, sound and lighting transformed the banquet room into an elegant atmosphere. The high energy, charismatic performance of Konstantinos Karafotis, accompanied by Enigma Detroit, enamored the audience and rocked the room. The entertainment kept everyone on the dance floor all night long, which led to an enjoyable “kefe” filled event.
The Greek American Rehabilitation and Care Centre is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit facility, accredited by The Joint Commission. The Greek American Rehabilitation and Care Centre, which opened in March of 2002, is the only Greek American nursing home in the Midwest whose focus is to serve the Greek and American communities. This state-of-the-art facility provides quality healthcare in a warm and cozy, home-like environment, where residents are treated equally with love, respect, honor and dignity. The Centre provides high-quality, long-term skilled nursing care for the elderly, the ill, the destitute and those in need of short-term physical rehabilitation. Our designated Odyssey Memory Care Community is state certified and licensed and offers specialized life enrichment programs. Additional services provided include respite care, physical, occupational and speech therapy, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and hospice care.
Many of our residents are on Medicaid, which unfortunately does not cover all expenses involved in their care. That is why The Gala is a vitally important fundraiser, along with many other fundraising efforts we have throughout the year. The Gala is a means for us to reach out to the community for assistance in making up for the shortfall of funds from the state and to make sure that we have the amount required to care for our residents.
During the Gala festivities, an exciting announcement and presentation was given by Mrs. Eleni Bousis, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greek American Rehabilitation and Care Centre. The nursing home, which will be celebrating its 14th year anniversary in March of 2016, is embarking on a new expansion plan for the benefit of our community. In addition to our existing long and short term facility, plans have been developed for a Hellenic International Village. This expanded campus will include independent and assisted living quarters, home health care services, a wellness center, adult day care, retail and office space and a professional medical building.
This has all been made possible by the love and continuous support of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas J. Bouras, of blessed memory, who believed in Mrs. Bousis’ vision of a Hellenic International Village. Over a decade ago, Mrs. Bousis discussed her dream of a multipurpose campus with Mr. Nicholas Bouras, who enthusiastically embraced her concept. Together, they developed a plan and set goals for this innovative project for our Greek American community and for people of all religions and ethnicities. With Mr. Bouras’ guidance and generous donations throughout the years, we accomplished the first goal of stabilizing the financial position of our nursing home.
Many skeptics did not believe that this expansion development would be possible, however, we persevered and this vision is now coming true. Through Mr. Bouras’ significant contributions over the years, we recently purchased property which includes a medical office building. Through the continued support of the Nicholas J. and Anna K. Bouras Foundation, we will be able to create the next phase of our Hellenic Village expansion.
Another important parcel needed for our planned development was the land and building which is currently home to the Wheeling Senior Center. A short time ago, through the very generous donation of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Paterakis, of blessed memory, we purchased this property.
Words cannot express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to our superlative donors, Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas J. Bouras and Mr. and Mrs. George A. Paterakis. The addition of these two properties, which are adjacent to the nursing home, will provide us the required land and buildings needed to fulfil our vision. With the assistance of our architectural team, we have established a model of our Hellenic International Village, the International Crossing Development. (see attached photos)
Our dream of creating a Greek American Nursing Home became a reality in 2002 due to the determination of many loyal and dedicated individuals including our founding members and visionaries, who labored extensively to build this Home under the leadership of our first President, Dr. Theodosis E. Kioutas. Subsequently, the Home was sustained under the leadership of Eleni Bousis, her dedicated Board of Directors and the guidance and unending support of Nicholas J. Bouras. We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge our first major benefactor, Dr. Mary Dochios Kamberos, who donated over one million dollars for the establishment of the Greek American Nursing Home and has continued her commitment with significant donations throughout the years.
During our short 14-year history, we experienced several difficult years, however, with the assistance from many philanthropists throughout our great country, we succeeded in establishing a jewel of a home for all our beloved residents. With the same love, dedication and gracious support, we hope to achieve our vision in creating this first of its kind in the country, magnificent village and expanded campus for our Hellenic Community.
On behalf of the Gala Committee, the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and residents, we thank you, the Greek American Community, for your continuous love, loyalty and support which has enabled us to build and sustain this wonderful nursing home.