The Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund will honor Tina Fey, star and Emmy-Award winning head writer of “Saturday Night Live,” and The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA) at the 12th Annual HTSF “Live From New York” Gala at the New York Hilton Hotel on Friday, May 9, 2003. Over 1200 guests are expected to attend and returning as scholarship presenters this year will be many past honorees including CBS Anchorman Ernie Anastos, John Aniston of Days of Our Lives, Humanitarian Tita Scandalis-Monti, Special Effects Creator/Director Patrick Tatopoulos and Judge Nicholas Tsoucalas, among others. Over $100,000 in scholarships will be awarded to students from across the United States.
The event will also feature a Silent Auction including jewelry, vacations, and many celebrity items such as a Pete Sampras autographed tennis racket. Singing sensation AMBER will entertain the crowd with a live concert appearance singing of her best hits.
Tina Fey, The Onassis Foundation and Amber uphold the tradition of outstanding HTSF honorees and performers including CBS News Anchors Ernie Anastos and Thalia Assuras, daytime drama star John Aniston, Director Nick Cassavetes, Emmy winner Michael Chiklis, NBC Sportscaster Bob Costas, Olympia Dukakis, Gloria Gaynor, Jim Gianopulos, Chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment, Marilu Henner, Melina Kanakaredes and Paula Cale (of NBC’s “Providence”), Costas & Louis Mandylor, Humanitarian Tita Scandalis-Monti, Elizabeth Perkins, Star Trek’s Marina Sirtis, Special Effects Creator/Producer/Director Patrick Tatopoulos, e.t.c.
Emmy winner Tina Fey is currently starring in her third season with “Saturday Night Live,” where she is co-anchor of SNL’s “Weekend Update” with Jimmy Fallon, and also serves as head writer of the show. An alumnus of Chicago’s famed “Second City,” Fey became an SNL staff writer in 1997 and was named writing supervisor in 1999, making her the first female head writer in the show’s 25-year history. Fey also served as head writer for the special “Saturday Night Live -The 25th Anniversary,” and she and her writing team were honored last September with a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.
Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation will receive the Humanitarian Award. Named after the son of the late Aristotle Onassis, the Onassis Foundation’s mission is to disseminate Hellenic civilization throughout the United States. By cooperating with universities, colleges, and art institutions, in America, Canada and Greece, it also promotes bilateral cultural relations. In carrying out the mission of the Onassis Foundation (USA), the Onassis Cultural Center presents cultural and artistic activities concerning ancient, Byzantine and modern Hellenic civilization. Activities include art exhibitions, theatrical and dance performances, musical events, lectures and poetry readings, and film screenings. The Onassis Foundation also finances a University Seminars Program with the aim to increase awareness and interest in Greek civilization.
The annual scholarship dinner on May 9 will commence with cocktails at 7:30 pm; dinner at 8:30. Dinner Chairman is New York Attorney Nick Katsoris, General Counsel of the Red Apple Group and author of the legal thriller Crimes of Fire. Vice-Chairs are John & Margo Catsimatidis. John is Chairman of the Red Apple Group and Publisher of the Hellenic Times with his wife Margo, who is an advertising executive and is involved in numerous charities.
For further information, to receive an invitation or to purchase tickets, visit our Website at HTSF.org or call 212-986-6881 or 333-7456.