Maria Callas was, undoubtedly, one of the greatest personalities on the 20th century. The Greek American opera Diva owned the headlines for her performances on stage, as well as her life off stage. The magic of her personality made her every performance noteworthy. In 1974, Callas gave her last public performances ever at Carnegie Hall […]
2017 GABBY AWARDS HONORING THE JOURNEY
Hundreds of friends and supporters of the Greek America Foundation joined us in New York City during the weekend of June 17-19, 2017 from more than 30 states and five nations to celebrate what was the magic of the Gabby Awards weekend. In addition to honoring outstanding individuals making a difference in their communities, we raised tens of thousands of dollars for earthquake relief victims in Lesvos and solidified our academic programs and humanitarian relief work in Greece.
Special thanks to our sponsors and partners who made the 2017 Gabby Awards weekend possible
Beginning with the emotional "arrival" of Ellis Island immigrants and their integration into the audience as new Americans, a beautiful opening set told the story of the arrival Greeks in America. See details here.
A MUSICAL JOURNEY
Known globally as the world’s most prestigious musical and performance venue, the 2017 Gabby Awards were held in Zankel Hall inside the historic Carnegie Hall. Built in 1891 by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the venue’s auditoriums have played host to the greatest talent on the planet. On June 17, 2017, we took guests on a musical journey which included renditions of the Andrews Sisters, a tribute to Maria Callas and more. Read details here.
HONORING OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST
Nine outstanding individuals were honored at the 2017 Gabby Awards, chosen not only for their pursuit of excellence and professional accomplishments, but also for their care and concern for the world around them and their dedication to philanthropy and humanity. Excellence, humanity and philanthropy are core ideals espoused by the Greek America Foundation and embodied in each of our honorees. Meet our honorees here.
THE GRAND FINALE
Greece's number one pop singer Anna Vissi traveled to New York City to perform on the historic Plaza Hotel stage, electrifying our guests until the wee hours of the morning. Complete with her entire orchestra, which traveled to the Big Apple via our sponsors at Pro Travel and Delta Airlines, Anna sang her heart out and kept guests dancing all night long.
A WEEKEND OF SURPRISES
The 2017 Gabby Awards weekend included 9 separate events taking place throughout the city that included culture, education, cuisine and fun for the entire family. Chef Maria Loi hosted a lunch for our 300 Spartan members and Georgetown Cupcake's Katherine and Sophie taught youngsters how to decorate cupcakes. Read about the weekend events here.
Continuing to espouse its commitment to the pursuit of excellence, the Greek America Foundation honored nine outstanding individuals committed to excellence in their respective lives, as well as service to the world around them. The Gabby Awards, named from “Greek America’s Best and Brightest” stars, have recognized these qualities in individuals since 2009 and continued to […]
A dark stage came to life with the first notes of the emotional song “Xenitia,” about exile and departure as the first “immigrants” emerged onto the stage, accompanied by the haunting voices of Nikos Kouroupakis and Eirini Tornesaki. Such was the opening of the long-awaited 2017 Gabby Awards at Carnegie Hall. Twenty actors came together […]
The 2017 Gabby Awards at Carnegie Hall took guests on a musical journey through time and genre, celebrating and honoring— with music— those that came before us who paved the way for our own “arrival” on the world’s greatest stage. Beginning with the emotional opening, sung by Nikos Kouroupakis and Eirini Tornesaki of the song […]
We’re proud to host an unforgettable weekend of events to showcase our host city of New York to the world. Check back often as new events will be added as the schedule develops. Friday, June 16, 2017 WELCOME TO NEW YORK CITY! Reserve your stay at one of our two headquarter hotels. 2pm-3pm Onassis Foundation […]
Archimedes said more than 2,000 years ago if you “Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand, I can move the world.” Symbolic in more than a conversation about physics— we want to inspire people throughout the nation and world that when given the right place to stand and the right resources, […]