In synchrony with their philosophy of "indulging in the finer things in life for a deep appreciation of humanity and nature," The Orpheus Luxury Collection proudly hosted a fundraiser to benefit the Hellenic Education & Language Program (H.E.L.P.) recently in Astoria, Queens as part of its Philanthropy Through Travel Initiative.
The Hellenic Education and Language Program is a not-for-profit, community-based initiative of the Hellenic diaspora of America and its purpose is to sustain the Hellenic heritage, culture, and language. The goal of the event was to raise necessary funds to ensure the survival of such a program that provides opportunities to existing and future students being educated as the Hellenes -- the humanists -- of tomorrow.
An invaluable cause very dear to Georgia Nomikos is reflected in her personal belief in preserving the Hellenic language and ideals, as well as the identity and knowledge, for generations to come. As Georgia has repeatedly stated "It is these ideals that we have an obligation to pass down to future generations, for the betterment of our Humanity today - and the future."
The event aptly themed, "Eros in Muse," highlighted the beauty and dynamic force of Eros with unforgettable and thoroughly entertaining performances of music, theater, poetry, dance, and art.
The program opened with the dynamic soprano, Eleni Calenos, who impeccably performed Vissi d'arte from Puccini's Tosca and song to the moon. Praised by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker for her outstanding and memorable performances, Eleni was truly inspirational, winning the hearts of the audience.
Ancient Hellenic theatrical performances ensued, carrying the guests to a distant past love for culture and learning. Angelika Sandora and Sophia Kokonas showcased their talents as well. These young Hellene actors held us spellbound to the Ancient Hellenic erotic atmosphere.
Their repertoire of the famous classic Hellenic tragedies of Sophocles' Antigone and Euripides' Hippolytus rendered, in both classic Greek and English, came to hypnotizing end with the monologue of Phaedra and her love for Hippolytus.
The second part of the program opened with enthralling performances by Anna Tsoukala, a multi-talented actor from the National Theater of Greece, accompanied on piano by Gregory Post, composer, soloist, and graduate from Julliard and the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura, Georgia Nomikos, Grigoria Kamaterou,
the author, and the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Orpheus Luxury
Collection, Eleni Tsagianni. Photo: Orpheus Luxury Collection.
Dignitaries included Ambassador George Iliopoulos, Consul General of the Hellenic Republic in New York, and Grigoria Kamaterou, Director, USA and Canada of The Greek National Tourism Organization as well as many prominent New Yorkers including Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura and Danielle Duret, M.D.
Grigoria Kamaterou with H.E.L.P. Board Member Nikos Petratos, PTO President Effie Skordilis, Georgia Nomikos, Amb. George Iliopoulos, H.E.L.P. Board members Eva Halkias and Chris Orfanakos, and PTO Vice President Marina Loizos.
Photo: Orpheus Luxury Collection.
This is not the first time Orpheus Luxury Collection has organized and showcased such worthwhile causes. From their Aesthetics in Motion event (2013) to their Philanthropy through Travel Initiative (2015) and the Hellenic Fund of our foundation (2015), Georgia Nomikos continuously raises awareness with the greatest passion for such philanthropic endeavors.
Our foundation greatly esteems and supports causes in tandem with our mission of supporting Young Global Leadership. We recently appointed Georgia Nomikos to our Board of Directors in recognition of her support of so many philanthropic events. Her enormous energy and benevolence to improve the lives of children worldwide, no matter their ethnicity, is extremely admirable.
A magnificent reception, exceptional Hellenic gastronomic delights, wines and spirits, Greek music and dancing ensued.
There existed the possibility of the Hellenic Education & Language Program (H.E.L.P.) closing its doors to the youth who call that place within their soul "Hellas." Thanks to the efforts of Georgia Nomikos and her Orpheus Luxury Collection, H.E.L.P. will continue to shine a light in the hearts of its students in Astoria for another year. Georgia Nomikos is a true thought leader and global citizen and her Herculean efforts are to be applauded.
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