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AWOG: Supporting Cerebral Palsy Greece

Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects thousands of individuals throughout Greece. It is also one of the many causes championed by the American Women’s Organization of Greece (AWOG), which is set to hold a fundraiser gala on June 3.

The event will include a lavish buffet, with wine, beer and soft drinks, presentations, a live auction and a raffle. The raffle prizes and silent auction lots will include works of art, jewelry, trips and travel packages. A DJ will be livening things up throughout the evening. The cost of the donation is 60 euros and the event will be hosted by the Balux Prive venue in Glyfada, southern Athens. Proceeds generated from the event will go to Cerebral Palsy Greece and its Open Door program.

Cerebral Palsy Greece was founded in 1972 and has continued to grow and expand its services thanks to the efforts of both its founders and donors. CPG provides a variety of services to individuals with cerebral palsy and their families. These services include structured educational classes for youth, vocational training for adults, physical therapy activities, and supportive family services.

Open Door is a project aimed at providing stimulating activities for both youngsters and adults beyond the realm of traditional educational activities and physical therapy. The goal of the program is to facilitate the students in defining their personal identity and to develop artistic expression while setting daily goals and benchmarks in a fun and entertaining environment. The different artistic media employed by CPG in the Open Door program include the performing arts, graphic arts, culinary arts, and horticulture.

Beyond its aspirations to help those afflicted by cerebral palsy, AWOG has been providing social welfare services and participating in charitable activities in Greece for over six decades. Founded in 1948 by Mrs Henry F. Grady, AWOG?s current membership numbers more than 300 and comprises women who are US citizens or married to US citizens. The organization acts as a supporting body for American women relocating to Greece while helping the local community through financial and volunteer support of nonprofit and non-politically affiliated Greek institutions.

For reservations for the gala, which should be made well in advance, call Stacey Harris-Papaioannou on 6942.940.720 or Nora Stamoulis on 6944.620.069.

For those interested in AWOG?s activities, visit www.awog.gr.