Press communiqué- Nov. 10



November 10, 2009:  Honourary Co–Chairs Tom and Gwen Nacos,would like to thank all of the supporters and 400 guests who attended the Shield of Athena’s 16th Annual Art Auction that took place on Sunday November 8, 2009 at Marché Bonsecours.
Special guest, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau opened the auction along with auctioneers Demetrius Manolakos and Eramelinda Boquer and helped raise nearly $100 000 for the organizations support, intervention and prevention servicesfor victims of family violence.
The recipient of The Shield’s Recognition Award was Chris-Ann Nakis; businesswoman, philanthropist and past president of the Shield of Athena who expressed her wish that the Shield will open new services for women and children victims of violence in the near future.
This year’s auction was a tribute to children exposed to violence. Drawings by children were displayed and provided an insight into their sad and frightful reality. Also featured was artwork from the Cycle Two Students of Dunrae Gardens Elementary School with the theme Safe at Home to showcase efforts to support non-violence for children in the home.   
Included among noted guests in attendance included: Pierre Arcand, Member for Mont-Royal, Ms Ariela Cotler, Her Excellency Maria KarnoutsouConsul General of Greece; Gerry Sklavounos; Member for Laurier-Dorion, Marcel Tremblay, former Member in charge of citizen services of the executive committee of the City of Montreal and his wife Brunhilde Ramault, and Theodora Samiotis, newly-elected municipal councillor for Westmount and Shield Board member.
EVENT SPONSORS: Tom and Gwen Nacos, Planête Mobile/Rogers, Mr. Paul Nakis, Me Pearl Eliadis, Ville de Montréal, Elounda, Bâton Rouge, Banque Scotia, Duncan Ross Associates Ltd. Honda Ste-Rose, The Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman Foundation, Omnitrans, Paul Kamateros C.A., Philoptochos Chapter, Theodora and Michael McAdoo, Urgel Bourgie, TD Bank Financial Group, Madisons New York Grill & Bar, SuzyShier, Stratton Stevens C.M, Metropolitan Parking Inc.
MEDIA SPONSORS: 105.1 CKDG home of MIKE FL, CTV, Radio Centre-Ville, CJNT Montreal, 98.5 fm, INFO 690 and CFMB Radio Montreal
Founded in 1991, the Shield of Athena Family Services is a non-profit community organization with an extensive network of services that includes: Montreal and Laval centers, a shelter for women and their children, and a multilingual public awareness and community outreach program.
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Or contact Polly Tsonis at : 514-274-8117