Top 5 Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss National Hellenic Museum Gala 2018

The National Hellenic Museum’s annual Gala is coming up on May 12 in Chicago. This is an event you won’t want to miss. Here’s why.

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National Hellenic Museum Gala 2018

On May 12, the National Hellenic Museum will host a spectacular evening at Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. “Connecting Generations” is the theme, reflecting NHM’s mission to protect, preserve, and celebrate the many diverse threads of the Hellenic experience. You won’t want to miss this amazing night.

Here’s why.


Top 5 Reasons to attend the National Hellenic Museum Gala 2018

There are many reasons you don’t want to miss the event of the spring, but here are the top 5.


  • Silent Auction

This year’s silent auction has many great items. It’s a great way to support the Museum! Here are just a few items that will be available at the event

– A signed, authenticated jersey by The Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo

– An art piece by Greek American, Chicago-born artist George Kokines

– French-inspired afternoon tea experience at Vanille. Take in the ambiance of the Vanille salon located just steps away from their state-of-the-art bakery. Enjoy Vanille signature pastries, scones, and finger sandwiches while sipping on the finest of Benjamin’s Tea. This package is for 8 adults.


 You can bid remotely beginning May 9, here.



  •  Live Auction

The live auction is always exciting, and this year will be no exception. Here’s a sneak peek at three of the packages that will be available.



5 nights – 4 people

With this package, you’ll enjoy game drives and sunsets while you explore a 12,000-acre game reserve. Rest your head in this exclusive chalet along the Selons River. Spot lions, zebras, and giraffes in the wild, and visit an elephant sanctuary. Relax next to the pool by day and the campfire by night. Experience a hot air balloon ride over the reserve, and enjoy dinners paired with South African wines. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore South Africa through bush walks, tracking courses, and fishing.




Spend a wonderful week in your own villa in the beautiful countryside of Cortona, where a private chef will prepare breakfast and dinner (food is included) every day. Enjoy a private winery visit and lunch in the countryside of Montepulciano, and master traditional Tuscan cooking with a culinary class in your Italian villa. Gather your family and friends to join you on the trip of a lifetime.


Bid on this incredible trip to Tuscany, at the National Hellenic Museum Gala Live Auction. IMAGE:




This is a truly exclusive experience at Wrigley, accompanied by former Cubs Legend Ryan Dempster. You’ll enjoy two Cubs games from premium seats in the American Airlines Club. Get a World Championship look behind the scenes at this historic ballpark, where autographs and pictures are always a possibility when on a tour with Ryan. This package includes 4 passes for field access during batting practice. This is a chance to be on the field before the game and in the dugout rubbing elbows with some of today’s incredible young players and taking in another Cubbies Win.


Get a head start on the bidding! Email for details to set up early and remote bidding for live auction.



  • Entertainment

Hold on to your hats for this lineup!


– Master of Ceremonies

NHM is pleased to welcome Emmy Award-winning entertainment reporter and critic, Dean Richards, as this year’s MC. A Chicago native and a graduate of Columbia College, Dean began his career in radio in 1975. He joined WGN-TV as a staff announcer in 1991. In 1998, he appeared as a guest reviewer and soon became a regular contributor. His interviews with national and local celebrities, reports on showbiz and reviews of the latest movies are seen on WGN’s newscasts. He has also hosted and co-produced many of the station’s special broadcasts.

Since joining WGN Radio in 1994, he’s won over 30 local and national awards for programming and production. In 2016, Dean was enshrined with a bronze plaque on The WGN Radio Walk of Fame, which honors the station’s legendary talent.



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– Non-stop music

Wear your dancing shoes, because you won’t want to sit down! NHM presents an amazing lineup, providing non-stop entertainment all night long.

Enjoy local favorites, the award-winning Chris Sarlas Orchestra, featuring George Dimas and Voula Karahaliou. With exceptional four-part vocal harmonies, sizzling horns, a driving rhythm section, and a diverse Greek and American repertoire, get ready to dance the night away. The Chris Sarlas Orchestra’s dance repertoire covers it all: the most current pop & rock hits, favorites from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, R&B, Motown, Country, Jazz, Syrta, Kalamatiana, Zembekika, Tsamika, and Tsiftetelia. The band has been named one of the top five special event bands in Chicago by CBS, and for the past eight years, clients have voted them into the top 5% of entertainment creatives nationwide.


And that’s not all!


Dance to the sounds of The Levendes, featuring Nikos Koutras. For more than 20 years, The Levendes have performed for countless audiences in the U.S. and Canada. They give a unique flair to traditional and contemporary Greek music with a vast repertoire of dimotika, nisiotika, rembetika, and modern laika. They’ve performed with many Greek stars ranging from Trio Bel Canto to Yiannis Parios and Makis Hristodoulopoulos. They have 11 professional recordings available on iTunes.

Nikos Koutras began working as a professional singer at the age of 14. He’s toured all over Europe and has performed with some of the biggest names in Greek music. He recently released a 5-song album, called “Μπορώ” (I Can).



  • Social Event

Celebrate “Connecting Generations” by bringing the whole family to dance the night away.  Tell all your friends! It’s great way for the community to come together. The National Hellenic Museum Gala is the event of the spring!  It’s expected to sell out, and you won’t want to miss this spectacular evening, with a who’s who of the Greek-American community, all in one place. This is the place to be on May 12.




  • Support the National Hellenic Museum

Not only will you have an amazing time at the NHM Gala, but you’ll help support the programs and initiatives of the Museum. The NHM Collections & Archives preserve the items and recordings that portray and imagine history — this requires skilled museum professionals working hard every day. NHM relies on your donations to help the Museum continue to reach — and teach — the next generation. Your donations directly impact programs, lectures and classes that encourage lifelong learning for people of all ages. This is our history. Help NHM to preserve it. You can make a difference.


Don’t miss National Hellenic Museum Gala 2018

And those are just the top 5 reasons! You won’t want to miss this spectacular night, on May 12 at Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. Bring friends and family to dance, eat, drink, and celebrate.

Buy your tickets here, before they sell out. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Click here for details. For questions and info, call 312.655.1234, x 21.


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