Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
The National Hellenic Museum (NHM) will hold its Annual Gala “Connecting Generations” Saturday, May 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. The night will feature live music from the popular Chris Sarlas Orchestra, featuring vocals by George Dimas and Voula Karahaliou. Also taking the stage, The Levendes—featuring singer Nikos Koutras will take the stage for a rousing evening of great Greek music and dancing. In celebration and support of the educational outreach provided by the museum, NHM Gala 2018 brings Greek Americans, family and friends together to experience the best in Greek American entertainment, while fundraising for an important cause.
Both bands showcase some of the most talented Greek American musicians and singers from Chicago, Detroit and New York City.
Proceeds from NHM Gala 2018 will benefit the tens of thousands of people – children and adults – who visit the National Hellenic Museum every year through fieldtrips, tours and dynamic cultural and historical programs. Last year, the NHM achieved a 29 percent year-over-year increase in people served. Operationally, the NHM has been highly efficient with 81 cents of every dollar spent on programming, an excellent ratio among nonprofit museums.
The museum preserves the largest collection of artifacts and oral histories dedicated to the Greek American story anywhere. Special events like NHM Gala 2018 help to fund programming, and, as highlighted in this year’s theme, the protection of the museum archives and the important historical memories preserved for all. The artifacts in the NHM Collections & Archives serve as a crucial component of museum’s educational outreach.
Individual NHM Gala tickets are $350 and tables of 10 are $3,200. To purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, visit www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/gala or call 312-655-1234 x28.
National Hellenic Museum facade (photo courtesy of the National Hellenic Museum)