2021 Annual Grant Awards: Virtual Event

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An evening honoring Greek American and Orthodox Christian programs and projects in the Chicagoland area.

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The Hellenic Foundation of Chicago will hold its 2021 Annual Grant Awards celebration on Wednesday, December 15 at 7:30 PM CST via YouTube and Facebook. The second annual virtual event will acknowledge this year’s grant recipients and recognize the endeavors of the 2020 Hellenic Foundation grant recipients as well. The Honorable Anthony C. Kyriakopoulos and Anna Davlantes of WGN Radio are this year’s co-hosts.

More organizations than ever are benefitting from the Hellenic Foundation’s annual grant awards program. This year, 17 organizations were given grants to help fund 20 programs.

The 2021 Grant Recipients are:

  • 13th District Order of AHEPA Scholarship Foundation
  • Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Kankakee
  • Chicago Greektown Educational Foundation
  • CrossRoad Institute, Inc.
  • Daughters of Penelope 13th District Scholarship Foundation
  • The Greek American Rehabilitation and Care Centre
  • Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago
  • Hellenic American Academy
  • Hellenic Link-Midwest
  • National Hellenic Invitational Basketball Tournament (N.H.I.B.T.)
  • National Hellenic Museum
  • PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation
  • St. Iakovos Retreat Center
  • St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church of Des Plaines
  • St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church of Palatine
  • St. Sava Academy
  • Vladimirovo Sunday School

The Hellenic Foundation initiated its Grant Program in 2016 to help fund programs, projects and organizations that serve Greek and Pan-Orthodox organizations in the Chicago area. To date, the program has awarded more than $1.6 million to worthy organizations.

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For more information regarding the Hellenic Foundation's 2021Annual Grant Awards, please visit or contact Executive Director, Peter E. Valessares at

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About the Hellenic Foundation

The Hellenic Foundation is a 501©3 organization whose Mission is to fund the development and support of programs and projects benefiting the Greek American and Orthodox Christian communities in the Chicagoland area. Their services address the needs of the elderly, youth, and families of the community.

HF Board of Directors

  • Demetrios P. Soukoulis, President
  • Louis G. Apostol, Vice President
  • Bill J. Vranas, Treasurer
  • Hon. Anthony C. Kyriakopoulos, Asst.Treasurer
  • Dorian L. Bezanis, Secretary
  • Nicholas Geroulis, Asst. Secretary
  • Peter A. Fasseas, Director
  • Alexander A. Gianaras, Director
  • George D. Karcazes, Director
  • Ernest C. Karras, Director
  • Louie Kontos, Director
  • Eleni Kouimelis, Director
  • Joanne Stavrakas, Director
  • William P. Vranas, Director
  • His Grace Bishop Timothy of Hexamilion, Ex Officio Director Chancellor – Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago

HF Collaborators

  • Virginia H. Farah Foundation
  • The Renaissance Fund
  • Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos Committee
  • Orthodox Ministry Services

For more information, please visit our website at

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The Hellenic Foundation has evolved from directly providing social services to a resource that can better assist individuals and families in our community by identifying and collaborating with qualified social service organizations and City and State agencies that provide programs that specifically address their needs with properly trained and experience staff. In addition to servicing the senior Greek population through its Community Care Program, Hellenic Foundation has become a benevolent Foundation. In 2016, the Hellenic Foundation initiated a Grant Program to assist projects, programs and organizations that service the needs of the Greek and Orthodox community of the Greater Chicago area by providing the resources and support they may need to succeed.

The Hellenic Foundation is a unique organization. Nationally, there are no other Orthodox Metropolis or city that has an organization with the Mission and funding to support projects, programs and organizations serving their specific communities. Through its ability to collaborate with like-minded foundations and philanthropists. The Hellenic Foundation has created the opportunity for significant change in the Chicagoland area.

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