The elegant Nerai restaurant and its haute Greek cuisine drew an enthusiastic audience of new and longtime friends at the American Farm School’s 8th annual New York City benefit on October 24th. Thanks to the generosity of Nerai proprietor and AFS supporter Spiros Menegatos who donated the restaurant’s fine food, bar and service, the evening generated significant proceeds in support of the Scholarship Program for Perrotis College and AFS high school students.
Close to 130 guests enjoyed either a 4-course tasting menu or “mezzes,” accompanied by fine wines contributed by AFS ’95 alumnus and winemaker Christos Zafeirakis. AFS Vice President Joann Ryding Beltes thanked guests for their support and spoke about the School’s latest initiatives, followed by Dean of Students Eva Kanellis who highlighted summer and study abroad opportunities at the School for U.S. students. Dimitris Tsiakmakis, AFS high school graduate Class of 2015 and current Worcester Polytechnic Institute sophomore, spoke gratefully about the School’s role in preparing him for his career aspirations in applied sciences.
The evening ended with an upbeat cabaret performance by AFS’ Seth Sikes saluting Judy Garland. Many thanks to the evening’s Benefit Event committee chaired by Trustee Joannie C. Danielides that included Blake and Andrew Foote, Ted Hampton, Frances Manthos, Spiro Menegatos, Gabriel and Sophia Ovanessian, Chrysoula and John Pfufas, Philippe Danielides, Loftin Flowers, Maria Lycouris, Vaseilios Prassas and Irini Stamatiou. Special thanks as well to sponsor Macedonian-Thrace Brewery for its in-kind gifts.
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