CULTURE

Cartier jewels, watches, in aid of ELEPAP

The fine art of jewelry turns into a heavyweight weapon for a good cause this month, as Cartier International organizes two charity events in aid of the Hellenic Society for Disabled Children (known as ELEPAP), on October 15 and 16. From unique high jewelry pieces to signature Cartier watches and much more, over 3,000 pieces will be sold, at all the way up to a 40 percent discount, during the two-day event. On October 15, 400 guests are invited to an exceptional gala dinner at the Hotel Grande Bretagne’s refurbished Grand Ballroom, where they will have the opportunity to purchase Cartier items at reduced prices. The next day, October 16, the public is invited to attend and buy pieces of jewelry, watches and other items at the Grande Bretagne’s Athenian Hall. The exhibition will open at noon and close at 10 p.m. A non-profit, non-governmental organization established in 1937, ELEPAP provides protection, treatment, rehabilitation and educational services to physically disabled children from infancy to adolescence and beyond. Another invaluable ELEPAP activity is vocational guidance for young men and women under the age of 30. More than 1,000 children are treated at ELEPAP’s centers in Athens, Thessaloniki, Ioannina, Hania, Volos and Agrinion daily. Over the years, the organization has extended help to more than 91,000 Greek children. Non-profit Announcing the event at a recent press conference, Christopher Kilaniotis, general manager of Cartier Hellas (which operates under the umbrella of Richemont Hellas, a subsidiary of luxury giant Richemont SA), stressed the event’s non-profit character. Also at the press conference, Mary Karella-Diamantopoulou, ELEPAP’s president, encouraged members of the public to visit ELEPAP’s premises. The upcoming charity event follows a series of benefit events organized by Cartier International earlier this year, notably in support of the the French Red Cross, Unicef and the Claude Pompidou Center.