The 43rd Annual Richmond Greek Festival was held May 31 – June 3, 2018 at the Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Launched in 1976 as a small-scale fundraising event for the Richmond Children’s Hospital, the festival has grown into much-anticipated community attraction, bringing Richmonders together year after year to celebrate Greek culture and raise visibility of the Cathedral within the greater Richmond community. The 2018 festival featured numerous traditional dance performances, an indoor international marketplace, as well as a delicious variety of authentic Greek foods. To guarantee no one had an excuse to miss out, there was even a drive thru!
The festival does far more than just make our mouths water, however. It has stayed true to its founding mission and remained a remarkable way for the Cathedral to give back by donating proceeds to local charities. This year, ReEstablish Richmond was selected as one of those charities to receive a portion of profits from the event. Our executive director, Kate Ayers, was honored on stage and presented a check in the amount of $4,000. The donation will support our work serving the Richmond refugee community by connecting refugees to resources, opportunities, and working to ensure their transition is an empowering and positive experience. ReEstablish Richmond’s commitment to working in collaboration with community partners is exemplified by this pledge. Thank you to the Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral and the Richmond Greek Community!