Curtis Sliwa, Rita Cosby, John Catsimatidis

Hellenic heroes from all over the city gathered for a grand gala at the Marriott Marquis to honor actor Frank Dicopoulos of Guiding Light and Iowa philanthropist (and East Sider) John Pappajohn. Over 1,200 attendees showed their support for the Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund, which raises bucks for students nationwide. Mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis, along with his wife Margo, chaired the event while Nick Katsoris served as Dinner Chair.

Ernie Anastos, Nick Gregory, Rita Cosby, Ameri­can Idol’s Constantine Maroulis, and Curtis and Mary Sliwa lent their support, while Nia Vardalas (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), John Stamos (ER), and Melina Kanakaredes (CSI-NY) gave presentations. Tireless superstar Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge fame provided energetic entertainment.

“It is so wonderful when we are all gathered here to help education,” Anastos said. “There is no greater reward than helping our youth.” Plato couldn’t have put it better.

Curtis and Mary Sliwa

Constantine Maroulis and Elena Stavraka

Spiro Catechis (SpiroStyle), Society hair stylist Rodolfo Valentin, Margo Catsimatidis Christos Dantis performs
Christina Galifianakis, Andrea Catsimatidis, Dennis Oliveras and George Perez Shakin’ it up on the dance floor
John and Mary Pappajohn Ernie and Kelly Anastos with son Philip and Aliki Anastos
John Jr. and Andrea Catsimatidis,
Jaden Dicopoulos
Spiro Catechis, Friend, Charlie and Helen Perperidis
Nick Katsoris presents award to Frank Dicopoulos
Kathy Sledge performs with Margo Catsimatidis, Nick Katsoris Ernie Anastos, and Nick Gregory
John and Mary Pappajohn,
Margo Catsimatidis, Frank Dicopoulos, Teja Anderson, Nick & Voula Katsoris
photos by Joan Jedell & Jillian Nelson
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