Hellenic Foundation’s 2021 Annual Grant Awards: An Evening Honoring the Chicago area’s Hellenic and Pan-Orthodox Recipients

CHICAGO, IL, November 18, 2021 – The Hellenic Foundation of Chicago will hold its 2021 Annual Grant Awards celebration on Wednesday, December 15 at 7:30 PM CST via YouTube and Facebook. The second annual virtual event will acknowledge this year’s grant recipients and recognize the endeavors of the 2020 Hellenic Foundation grant recipients as well. The Honorable Anthony C. Kyriakopoulos and Anna Davlantes of WGN Radio are this year’s co-hosts. 

More organizations than ever are benefitting from the Hellenic Foundation’s annual grant awards program. This year, 17 organizations were given grants to help fund 20 programs. The Hellenic Foundation initiated its Grant Program in 2016 to help fund programs, projects and organizations that serve Greek and Pan-Orthodox organizations in the Chicago area. To date, the program has awarded more than $1.6 million to worthy organizations. 

“We are proud to assist the many wonderful Greek Orthodox organizations within our community and to expand our reach by helping out other Orthodox organizations as well,” said Peter E. Valessares, Executive Director at the Hellenic Foundation. “Many youth-centric programs and organizations in the community are being funded this year.”

The 2021 grant recipients are: The 13th District Order of AHEPA Scholarship Foundation, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Kankakee, Chicago Greektown Educational Foundation, CrossRoad Institute, Inc., Daughters of Penelope 13th District Scholarship Foundation, The Greek American Rehabilitation and Care Centre, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, Hellenic American Academy, Hellenic Link-Midwest, National Hellenic Invitational Basketball Tournament (N.H.I.B.T.), National Hellenic Museum, PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation, St. Iakovos Retreat Center, St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church of Des Plaines, St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church of Palatine, St. Sava Academy, and Vladimirovo Sunday School.

This year’s celebration will also showcase the impact that the Hellenic Foundation award has had on some of last year’s recipients. During the event, participants will see how the award has benefited the St. Iakovos Retreat Center, the Lighthouse, and the TelosGamma initiatives. Specifically, viewers will be able to see the new outdoor basketball court at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center; learn about the new Lighthouse program, which is a week-long summer camp ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago for recent high school graduates; and hear about TelosGamma’s initiative to nurture the spiritual and religious lives of young adults in the Chicagoland area. 

Registration for this free online event is now open at www.hellenicfoundation.org/grantawards. Tune-in via Hellenic Foundation’s YouTube channel or Facebook page to view the event. 

About the Hellenic Foundation of Chicago: 

The Hellenic Foundation is a 501©3 organization whose Mission is to fund the development and support of programs and projects benefiting the Greek American and Orthodox Christian communities in the Chicagoland area. Their services address the needs of the elderly, youth, and families of the community. For more information about the Hellenic Foundation, please visit www.hellenicfoundation.org.

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For More Information About the 2021 Annual Grant Awards:

Peter E. Valessares, Executive Director

pvalessares@hellenicfoundation.org

773-551-2300

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