The Hellenic Initiative’s 7th Annual Gala on September 27

Supports Entrepreneurial Programs in Greece


NEW YORK CITY, September 17, 2019 — Greek jewelry and fashion designers from around the world have come together to help Greece’s economic recovery by donating items that will be sold in a silent and live auction on Friday, September 27 at The Hellenic Initiative’s (THI) 7th Annual Gala in New York City to be held at the New York Hilton Midtown.  

Featured will be designs from Lalaounis, Nikos Koulis, Diane Kordas, Minas Studio, Ancient Greek Sandals, Callista Crafts, and more. Visit the auction website here for the full list, including art, wine, food, and luxury destinations.   

THI leads the Greek Diaspora community internationally in raising awareness and capital for Greece. Its Gala not only raises funds that will be invested in entrepreneurial programs in Greece, but which also will support Greek NGOs that foster economic development opportunities and provide crisis relief for underserved communities in Greece, particularly children. Last year’s gala raised more than $2 million, making it the most successful fundraising event in the Greek Diaspora globally



Ilion earrings from the Helen of Troy collection. 18k yellow gold.

Value $1,700  Minimum Bid $850

Nikos Koulis

Universe Line Ring

Value $7,000   Minimum bid $3,500

Jean Prounis Jewelry

Large Moonstone Nona Drop Earrings named after the Latin term meaning “having nine,” which represents the number of granules in each top. Features a rainbow moonstone cabochon drop. 22k gold. Handmade in New York City.

Value $4,000 Minimum Bid $2,000

Yannis Sergakis

Snake ring. 18k gold with black rhodium plating. White brilliant-cut diamonds 0.26ct and hot pink sapphires 0.02ct [size EU50/US5.5]

Value  $1,245 Minimum bid $623

Danelian Diamonds

Rock Deco Cuff

Value $3,700   Minimum Bid $1,850

Diane Kordas

Rosary necklace, made from 18k rose gold and Aventurine beads, with diamond cross pendant.

Value $3,090  Minimum Bid $1,545

Hellenic Aesthetic

Map of Greece necklace is a beautiful reminder of the place we love. Made in Greece. Chain length 15″. Map of Greece pendant 1/2″ x 1/2″. Solid 14k gold.

Value $298  Minimum Bid $149

Minas Studio

Sterling silver clip-on earrings with an articulated hanging arm. Original Minas jewelry and design objects always display the iconic Minas signature. As seen in this September’s Greek /Hellas Vogue.

Value $760   Minimum bid $380

Vanessa Geroulanos Vanile on the Rock Jewelry

Silver 925 14k gold-plated with black rubber.

Value $250   Minimum bid $125

Ancient Greek Sandals 

Handmade by highly skilled local craftsmen using traditional centuries-old techniques. Any pair in any size. 

Value: $250. Minimum bid:  $125.

Callista Crafts/Konstantinidou

Iconic Cross Tote. Handmade in Greece from the finest Italian leather.  Unlined interior, two woven top handles, hand-stitched, small internal pocket. Closes with magnetic clasp.   40 cm L x 32 cm H x 20 cm W. Color: Cabernet

Value: $905.  Minimum bid: $453.

Chara Lebessi

Draped silk crepe asymmetric blouse – handcrafted.

Value $240   Minimum bid $120

Elena Makri Designs

Ariadne dress. White crepe de chine off-the-shoulder dress decorated with gold-plated olive leaf design. 100% silk.

Value $313    Minimum bid $157 

GK Furs

Fur Cape. 100% cashmere cape with black fox fur trim.

Value $1,500    Minimum bid $750

Lee Anderson Couture

Value $4,200    Minimum bid $1,500


Signature bag in navy blue with white LoveGreece logo and two matching striped cotton towels.

Value $300  Minimum bid $150

Marina Vernicos

Silk Pareo

Value $280    Minimum bid $140

Stathis Samantas

One pair of shoes. 

Value$300  Minimum Bid $150

Themis Z

Kyma Clutch. Suede.                                               

Value 245 Minimum Bid $123

Themis Z

Infinity Gold Cape. Wool/cashmere blend.       

Value $750 Minimum Bid $375

Themis Z

Serenity Dinner Plates                                            

Value $320  Minimum Bid $160

Zeus +  Dione

Ithaca tote. Handmade of 100% calf leather. Embroidery on the handles is inspired by traditional designs and highlights the skill and dedication of the artisans crafting this item.

Value $1,568   Minimum Bid $784


Bohemian Taurus hand-painted army jacket with Indian jewelry. 100% cotton.  Made in Greece.

Value $310 Minimum Bid $150



I see you! hand-painted army jacket. One-of-a-kind piece made for you. 100% cotton.  Made in Greece.

Value $290 Minimum Bid $145


Beauty and wellness brands contributing to the THI auction include: 

Item Value Minimum Bid
Dr. Doris Day cosmetic consultation & book $370 $185
Exhale Spa—5pack of Mind Body classes (1 of 2) $350 $175
Exhale Spa—5pack of Mind Body classes (2 of 2) $350 $175
Opuntia Luxury Oils $225 $113


About The Hellenic Initiative

Founded in 2012, THI is a global, nonprofit, secular institution mobilizing the Greek diaspora and Philhellene community to support sustainable economic recovery and renewal for the Greek people. THI’s programs address crisis relief through strong nonprofit organizations and builds entrepreneurial skills in a new generation of business leaders.