The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago announced in a press release that it will host a benefit concert, featuring Greece’s biggest selling entertainer, George Dalaras, with all proceeds benefiting the St. Iakovos Camp and Retreat Center in Wisconsin. The Metropolis Fanari Camp program attracts hundreds of young people from throughout the region. The new initiative will provide a permanent home with housing, recreational and athletic facilities.
The Metropolis has undertaken an extensive fundraising campaign to raise $3.5 million to complete phase one of construction. Progress on the project is updated regularly on the camp’s blog.
The concert will take place on Sunday evening, November 30, 2014 at Chicago’s Harris Theater in Millennium Park and is part of Dalaras’ “Rembetiko Unplugged” international tour.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to partake in the musical traditions of the Greek people while simultaneously promoting the St. Iakovos Camp and Retreat Center, a vital ministry of the Metropolis,” commented His Grace Bishop Demetrios, who has undertaken the planning of this event.
Dalaras will be accompanied by a host of singers and musicians from Greece for his show, which will feature Asia Minor and Rembetika songs of yesteryear originally composed by some of Greece’s greets composers, like Vasilis Tsitsanis and Markos Vamvakaris.
A special section of limited tickets are being made available at a discounted price for young people active in the Young Adult Ministries of the Metropolis. Those interested in being added to the Young Adult List for discounted tickets should email Chris Avramopoulos at [email protected]. Also, group seating for churches, Philoptochos and other organizations will also be available. Those interested in obtaining group seating information in order to be seated together at the concert should email [email protected].
Sponsorship packages are also available for those individuals, companies and organizations who wish to further support this effort. Packages include publicity, VIP tickets and a special backstage VIP reception and meet-and-greet with George Dalaras after the show. Please email [email protected] for additional information or call the Metropolis at 312-337-4130 and request a sponsorship kit.