Second Annual Greek Dinner & Dance For Thought

Brain Artwork

The California Brain Injury Association held its 2nd Annual Greek Dinner & Dance For Thought at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church Cultural Center Hall in Long Beach on Saturday, March 8th. The event was the first of many planned events to raise awareness of brain injury during the month of March, which is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Approximately One hundred and fifty attendees were treated to traditional Greek hors d'oeuvres, Tiropites and Spanikopita, followed by a delicious Greek Dinner prepared by Thank Goodness Its Sophia Catering.

CALBIA Board Member, Dr. Rick Adams served as the emcee for the evening, and introduced Steve Whittington, who shared the riveting story of his wife Maryanne's survival following a stroke aboard a cruise ship in the Greek Islands and her subsequent transfer to several hospitals in Greece where she was treated before traveling home to the U.S. Immediately following, the attendees were entertained by the Olympian Dancers, an adult Greek dance group from the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Long Beach. The group performed their awardwinning suite of dances, and wore traditional Greek costumes.

The musical entertainment was provided by two very talented musicians, Peter Deneff and Danny Papakalos, who make up the duo Synthesi. They played for the remainder of the evening and encouraged the attendees to "dance for thought."

CALBIA would like to thank and recognize Mrs. Melissa Jolley, who once again lent her artistic talent to adorn the tables with a beautiful array of colorful flowers, and volunteers Dr. Lisa Kreber, Jennifer Pessin and Mary Daoutis for their help to make the evening a success.

The event raised over $18,000 and will help further the goals of CALBIA. At the conclusion of the evening, it left many wanting more of the same next year. CALBIA is happy to announce that the 3rd Annual Greek Dinner & Dance For Thought will take place on March 7, 2009, so Save the Date!