The Greek Children's Fund

New Directions

2000


• November 19 - National Greek Television telethon at the Crystal Palace reception hall, in Astoria, NY. The event raises approximately $125,000 for GCF.
• December 10 - GCF annual dinner dance at the Marriott at Glenpointe in Teaneck, NJ, honoring Demetris Kastanas.
• December 18 - Stanley Matthews is recognized as Man of the Year by his hometown, the Borough of Harrington Park, New Jersey, for his involvement with GCF.
• December - Hope for LIfe, GCF's Young Adult Division hosts a Christmas Party for the patients at the Ronald McDonald House.

2001


• March - 1st Cavo Cafe Lounge Fundraiser to benefit GCF.
• October 25 - Dinner honoring GCF Benefactors at Taverna Vraka in Astoria, NY.
• December 9 - "Snowflake Ball", GCF's 18th annual dinner dance at Terrace on the Park, NY. Nick Gregory was the master of ceremonies.
• December 23 - Hope for Life, GCF's Young Adult Division hosts a Christmas Party for patients and their families at the Kefalonitiko Spiti in Astoria, NY.

2002


• Battle for Life, an organization create by Greek-national families residing at the Ronald McDonald House, is formed.
• January - Hope for Life, GCF's Young Adult Division hosts Vasilopita Party for patients and their families at Cavo Cafe Lounge.
• February 12 - GCF Press Conference takes place at Schneider Children's Hospital (SCH) in New Hyde Park, NY. GCF donates $100,000 to SCH. These are the net proceeds from the December 9th dinner dance.
• February 23 - Lampousa's first Cyprus Night dinner dance is held at the Gymnasium of Peace, Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Theologian, Tenafly, NJ.
• March 4 - Cavo Cafe Lounge hosts its 2nd annual fundraiser to benefit GCF.
• June 9 - Hope for Life, the GCF Young Adult Division organizes "Hope in Full Bloom" dinner dance at Leonard's of Great Neck.
• October 16 - "Back to Basics Night" takes place at Taverna Vraka to honor past and present GCF volunteers.
• December 8 - Pan Gregorian of CT Charitable Foundation honors Stanley Matthews at the 9th Annual Dinner Dance to benefit the GCF.
• December 22 - GCF YAD hosts a Christmas Party for patients and their families in conjucntion with "Kefalos" Cephalonian Society of New York at the Kefalonitiko Spiti in Astoria, NY.

2003


• February 8 - Lampousa hosts the 2nd Annual Cyprus Night Dinner Dance at the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Theologian, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Greek Children's Fund. The GCF honors Dr. Grace H. Christ at this event.
• February 24 - JAM (John and Mikey Katsimatides Foundation for Life) Fundraiser to benefit GCF held at Central Lounge in Astoria, NY.
• March - Cavo Cafe Lounge's 3rd annual fundraiser to benefit GCF.
• May 10 - The Women's Auxiliary of the Chian Federation hosts the Easter Party for GCF patients and their families at the Hiotiko Spiti in Astoria, NY.
• June 11 - SS Constantine & Helen YAL of Jackson Heights host the "6th Annual Summer Night Bash" at the Hiotiko Spiti in Astoria, NY. Proceeds were donated to GCF.
• August 3 - The Village of Varvitsa, Laconia, Greece, recognizes Stanley Matthews and the GCF committee for their accomplishments. Varvitsa is Stanley's birthplace.
• August 12 - 1st Greek Night at Shea - NY Mets vs. San Fancisco Giants.
• August 15 - The Village of Voutiani, Laconia, Greece, recognizes Stanley Matthews for his accomplishments with GCF. Voutiani is the birthplace of Niki Matthews.

2004


• February 7 - Battle of Life presents Mr. Matthews with an award recognizing his contributions to enhance the lives of Greek and Cypriot pediatric patients. His efforts help enhance the lives of these patients and their families undergoing treatment in the United States.
• February - World Hellenism of New Jersey recognizes Stanley Matthews and the GCF committee.
• March 29 - Cavo Cafe Lounge hosts its 4th annual fundraiser to benefit GCF.
• April 24 - Lampousa Cypriot American Organization organizes the 3rd annual "Cyprus Night" dinner dance to benefit GCF.
• April 26 - Daughters of Penelope Medusa Chapter of Westbury, NY hold annual dinner dance to benefit GCF.
• May 14 - First Annual Sports Night at Central Restaurant Lounge, Astoria, NY.
• June 4 - 2nd Annual Greek Night at Shea NY Mets vs. Florida Marlins.

2005


• March 28 - Cavo Cafe Lounge hosts its 5th annual fundraiser to benefit GCF.
• May 6 - 2nd Annual Sports Night at Central Restaurant Lounge, Astoria, NY.
• June - GCF publishes Hope magazine.
• June 10 - 3rd Annual Greek Night at Shea. Anna Vissi performs during the pre-game ceremony.

2006


• May 5 - 3rd Annual Sports Night at Central Restaurant Lounge, Astoria, NY.
• June 16 - 4th Annual Greek Night at Shea NY Mets vs. Baltimore Orioles
• August 26 - Surviving Greek Children's Fund patients and families have a reunion in Leondarion, Arkadia, Greece. This was hosted and organized by GCF volunteers Peter and Thamie Nanos.
• September 18 - The 1st Annual Achilles "Archie" Mavromatis Memorial Gold Classic is held at the Clearview Gold Course in Flushing, NY.
• October - GCF relationship with Schneider Children's Hospital expands.
• November 18 - The Youth Group of St. George Greek Orthodox Churc in Piscataway, NJ, hosts their 4th Annual Greek Night dinner dance. This year's event is held to benefit GCF.

2007


• May 11 - 4th Annual Sports Night at Central Restaurant Lounge in Astoria, NY.
• June 1, 2007 - 5th Annual Greek Night at Shea, NY Mets vs. Arizona Diamondbacks.
• June 7 - North Fork Bank celebrates the grand re-opening of its branch at 31-17 Broadway, Astoria. To commemorate the event, North Fork Bank makes a generous contribution to GCF.
• June 27 - GCF members celebrate the 25th anniversary issue of "The Queens Gazette" by presenting Gazette Publisher Tony Barsamian with an award in appreciation of his and the newspaper's efforts on behalf of GCF.
• September 2007 - The 2nd Annual Achilles "Archie" Mavromatis Memorial Gold Classic is held at the Douglaston Gold Course in Douglaston, NY.
• December 5 - GCF luncheon at Schneider Children's Hospital celebrates GCF's $500,000 donation to the hospital.

2008


• May 9 - 5th Annual Sports Night at Central Restaurant Lounge, Astoria, NY.
• September 7 - 6th Annual Greek Night at Shea. NY Mets vs. Philadelphis Phillies.
• MSKCC relationship ends.
• October 3 - The 3rd Annual Achilles "Archie" Mavromatis Memorial Gold Classic is held at the Douglaston Gold Course in Douglaston, NY.
• Relationship with All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL begins.
• November 5 - Hellenic Women's Club of NJ hosts Luncheon on behalf of GCF.
• December 4 - Christmas Reception celebrates GCF's 25th Anniversary at the Graycliff in Moonachie, NJ.

2009


• February 27 - The Greek Children's Fund at All Children's Hospital is launched.
• May 29 - 7th Annual Greek Night. NY Mets vs. Florida Marlins. This is the first year the event takes place at the newly built Citi Field.
• June 25 - Press conference announcing GCF's partnership with The Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center at Hackensack, NJ. GCF donates $500,000 to the hospital.
• December 20 - Annual Christmas Party hosted by The Stamford Hellenic Society to benefit the Greek Children's Fund.

2010


• April 25 - First Benefit Dinner Dance for The Greek Children's Fund at All Children's Hospital hosted by the Pancyprian Association of Florida, Inc.
• April 29 - The Graycliff and Quench Wine and Spirits presented a Wind and Cheese Event at The Designer Showhouse of New Jersey to benefit the Greek Children's Fund at Joseph M. Sanzari Chldren's Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center. Additional wines were donated by the Kyritsis Family.
• June 5 - 8th Annual Greek Night at Citi Field. NY Mets vs. Florida Marlins.
• November 13 - the First Annual American Girl Fashion Show to benefit the Greek Children's Fund at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center.

2011


• June 4 - 9th Annual Greek Night at Citi Field. NY Mets vs. Atlanta Braves.
• September 1 - A Greek Children's Fund scholarship in Memory of Athanasia Kambitsis is established by the Kambitsis family for patients.
• September 20 - Greek Heritage Night at Yankee Stadium. NY Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays. This is the first year GCF is collaborating with the NY Yankees on this event.
• November 12 - the Second Annual American Girl Fashion Show to benefit the Greek Children's Fund at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center.

2012


• January 29 - Greek Children's Fund Gold Tournament benefiting All Children's Hospital Foundation at the Eastlake Woodlands Country Club South Course, Oldsmar, Florida.