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

Supports Entrepreneurial Programs in Greece


NEW YORK CITY, September 17, 2019 — Greek wine and gourmet food producers and purveyors 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 items from The Hotel Grand Bretagne, Navarino Icons, Eleni’s Cookies, and many restaurants. Visit the auction website here for the full list, including art, jewelry, fashion, and luxury destinations.  

THI leads the Greek Diaspora community internationally in raising awareness and capital for Greece. The 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


Hotel Grande Bretagne

Complimentary accommodation at the Hotel Grand Bretagne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens, for two nights in a Deluxe Suite, including breakfast.

Value $2,000   Minimum Bid $1,000

Navarino Icons 

Wooden gift box, including Extra Virgin Olive Oil 500ml, roasted red pepper, tomato dip 500g, crushed eggplant 500g, white Balsamic  Vinegar 250ml, olives Kalamon 360g, Biscuits 120g, honey with honeycomb 400g, organic fig marmalade, lemon marmalade, sesame seed bar 40g, chocolate bites, ceramic piglet.

Value $140   Minimum Bid $70

Eleni’s Cookies

Three (3) cookie gift boxes from Eleni’s New York, including the popular NYC themed The Big Apple set, a seasonal Autumn box of fall leaves, and one Chocolate Chip Signature tin.

Value $200  Minimum bid $100

Restaurants and luxury destinations that also have donated items to the auction include:


Restaurants Value Minimum Bid
Avra Madison—restaurant gift certificate $250 $125
Estiatorio Milos $250 $125
Loi Estiatorio—dinner for six (6) $900 $450
Mandolin Aegean Bistro—dinner for four (4) $200 $100
Nobu 57—dinner gift certificate $300 $150
NoMad NY—dinner for two (2) $220 $110
Oceana—lunch or dinner for two (2) $150 $75
Ousia—lunch or dinner for four (4) $200 $100
Per Se—lunch for two (2) N/A N/A
Souvlaki GR—dinner for eight (8) $500 $250
The French Laundry $1,000 $500
Destinations Value Minimum Bid
Astra Zante Villas—Five (5) day stay $2,100 $1,050
Calilo Beach Heaven—Ios island $5,270 $2,635
Electra Hotels & Resorts stay $1,500 $750
New Hotel two night stay with accommodations $1,020 $510
New York Hilton Midtown $800 $400
Sani Asterias, Sani Resort, Halkidiki Greece $4,800 $2,400


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.