The American Club held its traditional Posidonia reception at the rooftop of the Royal Olympic Hotel last Thursday, where an exclusive closed network of Greek members, brokers and business associates of the Club in attendance were able to enjoy the most breathtaking view of the Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus.
This year’s event, which was a standing cocktail reception for a few hundred guests, was toned down from the previous year’s sit down Gala for 1, 000 at an estate on the outskirts of Athens, with saved funds being diverted into the Club’s Posidonia Charity Initiative.
The Club’s Board and managers, back in November decided that in light of the hardship Greece currently faces, that a better way to say thank you to the supporting Greek market was to give something back to people in need in the Greek community. What started out at as a target donation of Club’s funds earmarked at Euro 60, 000, with additional pledges by the managers and individual independent Board members’ donations grew at first to euro 175, 000 and by the night’s end, the Chairman of the American Club’s Board, Arnold Witte had the pleasure of announcing that along with the Club’s business associates joining the initiative, the total amount had exceeded euro 200, 000.
The initiative aims at feeding struggling families in the traditional shipping prefecture of Piraeus, as well as children and young adults with special needs whose families do not have the means to care for them. The ambassador of the US in Greece, Mr. Daniel Smith was also in attendance supporting the Club and its initiative and spoke at length as well regarding the ties between the US and Greece especially in connection with the shipping industry.
The Club’s secretary and CEO of the Managers, Joe Hughes also spoke about the Club’s appreciation of its relationship with the Greek market and the driving force behind the Club’s initiative and this year’s special Posidonia celebration.