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Join Us for A Meaningful Evening Honoring Academic Excellence




Saturday, June 14th promises to be a meaningful evening in Chicago's Greek American community, as the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation (PHSF) honors 40 academically excellent college students of Hellenic descent at the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, beginning with the Awards Ceremony at 6pm.


This year's event theme Challenging Times to Meaningful Lives, recognizes the students' daunting task of completing their education in these challenging economic times to celebrating their beginning of a meaningful life as significant achievers and contributors to society.   The PHSF honors their achievements in the pursuit of educational excellence, but also praises their determination and resiliency as well as their passion and dedication in overcoming challenges.


“Life is about overcoming challenges.  Without them we would never be able to appreciate the good things that happen to us,” says Chris P. Tomaras, Founder and Chairman of the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation.  “Yet, along the way, one must recognize that it is our responsibility to help one another when there is great need.  This is what we are doing in awarding scholarships to the best and brightest of our community who face serious economic challenges.”


Amy* knows what it means to face a challenge.  During her junior year at New York University, her brother was diagnosed with cancer.  Faced with her family's mounting medical bills, Amy was close to dropping out of college just before her Senior year, until she read about the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation.  With a $10,000 scholarship going toward the cost of her final year, her parents felt confident that she would be able to continue her education.  “The PanHellenic Scholarship Award has not only provided me with financial relief, but also has given me hope and renewed my enthusiasm to continue my studies,” wrote Amy in her thank you note.  She goes on to say that, the PanHellenic Scholarship Award helped her continue her dream of becoming an oncologist.


What would have happened if Amy did not receive this scholarship?  Educational statistics say that she would have had a 46% chance of completing her education. What could have been an unfortunate loss of talent in our community instead became a renewed opportunity to pursue making a meaningful contribution to society.


We invite you to join us for an exciting evening, supporting the educational goals of worthy students.  Tickets are $250 per person.  You could also be the lucky winner of $10,000 in the Gala Raffle.  Tickets are 5 for $100 or $25 for one.  The Grand prize is $10,000 in cash, followed by a second prize of $5,000 and a third prize of $1,000. 


The program consists of the Awards distribution, followed by a cocktail reception, a wonderful dinner, and music and dancing with Babis Tsertos from Greece, and the Hellenic Five Orchestra with Eftihia Papageorgiou.


All proceeds from the event, Chairman's Challenge and Gala Raffle support the Foundation's mission to promote education through scholarship awards, cultural programs such as Hellenic Birthright, along with leadership opportunities.


For event tickets or to take The Chairman's Challenge, please call 312-357-6432.


*Indicates name has been changed to protect the identity of recipient.


*Traffic Alert* The eastbound I-90/94 will be affected for the full weekend (June 13-June 15) as crews will begin demolition of the Ohio/Ontario Street Bridge. Please allow enough time for delays or use an alternate route to get to the event.  For more information please click here.