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New York Gala Benefits At-Risk Kids in Greece

Mar. 7, 2016
Wendy Logan

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The Greek America Foundation for Education trans­formed the ele­gant James Burden Mansion in New York City into a fes­tive Greek mardi gras cel­e­bra­tion on March 5. The sold-out, 2016 Blue Ball was billed as a Venetian-style mas­quer­ade and casino night.

Guests from all over the U.S. and Canada came dressed to the nines in masks and cos­tumes to sup­port Kivotos Tou Kosmou (trans­lated as ark of the world”), a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion that sup­ports at-risk chil­dren in Greece.

As reported in the Pappas Post, the extrav­a­ganza included food by the Michelin two-star (2015) Periyali restau­rant in Manhattan, with liba­tions pro­vided by Nerai Restaurant, Thalia wine from Crete via Toronto’s Kolonaki Group, and desserts cre­ated by Georgetown Cupcake’s sis­ter-own­ers Katherine and Sophie Kallinis.

In addi­tion to casino games for prizes, the evening also included a silent auc­tion of Greek-inspired items, hotel pack­ages, art­work, and high-qual­ity Greek olive oil, among many oth­ers. Guests also left with gift bags filled with a host of Greek items, includ­ing a tin of Costa Navarino extra vir­gin olive oil.

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