When the honorees are the Greek American on camera or behind the scenes television personalities and producers and over 325 people attend along with the Mayor of the City of New York, MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, Councilman PETER VALLONE, Jr., Assemblyman MIKE GIANARIS, Assemblyman MATTHEW MIRONES as well as the Manhattan Borough President C. VIRGINIA FIELDS, you can qualify your event as a social success. Well, that is what HANAC, the Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Committee, can call its 31st Annual Gala at the Plaza Hotel, last week. This year’s attending honorees were: JOHN BOLARIS, Meteorologist, CBS-TV; ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS, Business Reporter, CBS-TV; NICK GREGORY, Meteorologist, FOX-TV; DORIE KLISSAS, Producer for TODAY Show, NBC-TV; JOHN MARSHALL, Meteorologist, NBC-TV; NICOLE PETALLIDES, Segment Producer, Bloomberg TV, who also served as the evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies; ANDREA STASSOU, Anchor, World News Now, ABC-TV; and THALIA ASSURAS, National Correspondent, CBS-TV who was not in attendance due to a foreign assignment. In addition, DANA TYLER, Anchor of CBS-TV News also attended.
Order of AHEPA-District 5 of the (New Jersey) hosts their Annual Fall Gala on Saturday, November 8th for their Cancer Research Foundation. The event will take place at The Pines Manor, Route 27. The Gala begins at 7:00 p.m. and donation is $65 per person. For information, call: TOM PAPPAS at 201-794-1658.
BASILE IN CONCERT is still going strong in the New York Metropolitan Area. He appears at HOLY CROSS CHURCH of Brooklyn on Friday and Saturday, November 7th and 8th at 8501 Ridge Blvd. at the School Auditorium. Tickets are $50 per person. Refreshments will be provided. For information call: 718-836-3510
Not to be outdone, BASILE IN CONCERT will appear at KIMISIS TIS THEODOKOU CHURCH of Holmdel, NJ. THE LADIES PHILOPTOCHOS is sponsoring this evening on Saturday, November 15th. For information, call 732-739-1515.
THE CYPRUS-U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will hold their Annual Banquet, on Friday, November 14th, at 6:30 p.m. at The New York Hilton Hotel. This year’s honoree will be STELIOS HAJI-IOANNOU, the President and CEO of easy-Group. For information, call: DESPINA AXIOTAKIS at 201-712-5218.
WORLD HELLENISM and the HELLENIC SCHOOL OF THE CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION presents the 2nd Annual Book Expo on Sunday, November 9th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Church of the Ascension on Henry Street and Anderson Avenue in Fairview, NJ. The exhibitors include Seaburn Publications and Greek and Greek American writers. There are books for children, history, dictionaries and much more. For information, call: NICK VLAHOS at 973-857-3137.
GREEK CULTURAL CENTER/QUEENS MUSEUM OF ART INDEPENDENT FILM AND VIDEO SHOWCASE 2003 from November 7th through November 9th. The showcase will feature 25 new and award winning films by filmmakers of diverse ethnic heritage. For information about the film schedule, call: 718-726-7329.
Till next week when we go “Around Our Town.” Email me at Archie1m@aol.com