In a unique Christmas spirit of love and with a great turn out of visitors not only from Athens but from many regions of Greece, the 14th Christmas Bazaar of the Association of Friends of Children with Cancer ‘ELPIDA’ took place at the Theoxenia Palace Hotel in Kefalari, on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th of December.
Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, the President of ELPIDA, after wishing all participants success and happy holidays, welcomed the friends of the Association, who were visiting the Bazaar for their Christmas shopping as a way to express their support for the children of “ELPIDA”.
This year’s lucky charm of the Association, designed especially for ELPIDA by the head of “ELPIDA Youth”, Marianna Goulandris Lemos, dedicated to love, was in great demand from the very first day, proving once more the support of the people for the “ELPIDA” Association.
The stand of the “ELPIDA” Association attracted everyone’s interest with the lucky charm of love made by the “SERKOS” Jewellery shop, and the tasteful original gifts offered by many friends and sponsors: MAC, O-LIVE, ONAR, Romanos Michail, Kapon Publications, Giorgos Petridis, Leia Tornariti Ellina, Fay Barbalia, Despoina Moiraraki, Aglaia Katsigianni, Varsos, MARVA, MANOLO, Sevi Konstantinidi and Katrina Tsantali.
In demonstration of their warm sentiments, people bought the lovely original handmade works from the Stand of the “ELPIDA Guest House”, made by the volunteers of the art workshop with the help and hard work of the parents and the children.
The Christmas gifts had been selected and designed by the members of the ELPIDA Youth Committee, inspired the visitors, who were eager to support the Association’s cause with their purchases.
The handmade creations at the “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis” Foundation stand impressed everyone with their originality, while people also showed great interest in the books offered by Kalentis and Dioptra publications.
The table of “ORAMA ELPIDAS” attracted everyone’s attention with the six collectible bags signed by six eminent Greek painters, accompanied by their special wish. We would like to warmly thank the artists: Giannis Adamakos, Kostas Varotsos, Sotiris Sorogas, Alekos Fasianos, Maria Filopoulou, as well as Ioulita Iliopoulou who offered the work of Nobel-prize poet Odysseas Elytis.
A huge thank you from the heart to the Danalis family for their kind hospitality at the Theoxenia Palace, and companies Look@me of Mrs Anna Mamidaki Sklaveniti and Diamond Club of Mrs Niki Danelian, who offered to ELPIDA all their proceeds from the sales over the two days of the Bazaar.
We would also like to thank advertising company Frank and Fame for their help in designing and creating the visual identity of the bazaar, First Home Design for the magnificent Christmas tree decorating the venue, and 45 big companies which donated to the Association part of their proceeds from the sale of their special creations: The following companies participated:
ANATOL, A’SHK, BIJOU BIJOU, CASA, COTTON PRINCE, FIRST HOME DESIGN, IORDANIS, KΑNDARAKIS, KESSARIS, STUDIO KOSTA BODA ILLUM, KOYLAOUZIDOU ELENA, ILIAS LALAOUNIS, LIANA VOURAKIS, Look@Me, MARISCHA, MELISSA Publications, MR & SON, NΑKASPAPER, PAPASPIROU, HANDMADE WITH LOVE, SANDRINE & JO, SERKOS, SCAPERDAS, LIPSHOP, TREASUREBOX BY ANNITA, TALY’S TALES, VENETIA VILDIRIDIS, VOURAKIS ANTONIS, LA FENETRE, SUPER CAKES, CHIP&CHIP, ZARIF CREATIONS, BLEECKER AND LOVE, VST, BESPOKΕ ATHENS, THIROS, ONAR, ORLOFF, KOKU concept, AEGLI Premium Organics, BOULE DE VERRE, LOVE & LIGHT, THE WHITE TREE, MANOLO, DIAMOND CLUB.
Finally, it is noted that the Organising Committee of this year’s highly successful bazaar were the members of the Association, Georgina Ellina, Elli Ioannou Tanes, Talin Tzanikian, Efi Ellina, Eirini Danelian and Mania Delou.