Fundraising for Greek Ceramics and So Blue Gifts for the Ionian Village

LEXINGTON, SC – Elizabeth Kakouras Chiarel, owner of So Blue Greek Ceramics and Gifts, spoke to the National Herald about the Ionian Village fundraiser she is working on with her business.

“I started this small business 19 years ago and import handmade ceramics from Greece as well as other handicrafts,” she told TNH. “Last year during this period, with the blessing of the Ionian village, So Blue Greek Ceramics and Gifts worked with an artist / iconographer in Greece to design an ornament that we could sell to raise funds for the rebuilding of the camp afterwards. the devastating tornado of October 2020. A few days after the advertisement on social media and in The Orthodox Observer, the first batch of ornaments ran out. Fortunately, the artist was able to paint an additional quantity which also ran out. We were able to order 50 more for sale in January, we were able to make a huge donation to the camp and this year we decided to order another set of ornaments.

“We hope that we can continue to sell these beautiful ornaments and donate even more needed funds to Ionian Village, a ministry that means so much to so many people, including my own children,” Kakouras Chiarel told TNH.

The ornaments are sold online:

So Blue Greek Ceramics and Gifts is based in South Carolina and ships throughout the United States.

Founded in 2002, So Blue Greek Ceramics and Gifts started selling handmade and hand painted ceramic pieces from the Peloponnese region of Greece. Over the years the collection has grown to include stunning works of art one of a kind from all over Greece. In addition to ceramics, So Blue’s collection also includes fine linens, including pillow cases, table runners and napkins. Also available are works created by Greco-American artists and designers based in the United States.

Ionian Village is a unique summer camping program located in Greece and managed by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The teens and young adults who participate in the Ionian village travel around Greece, venerate the relics of saints, walk in the footsteps of the apostles, and visit important sites in Greek history and culture. At the end of the program, staff and campers return home with strengthened faith and a greater appreciation for the Greek Church, culture and heritage.

In consultation with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and the COVID-19 Support Team of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Ionian Village Ministry is closely monitoring COVID-19 and its potential impact on the summer 2022. The most important priority is the safety and well-being of all participants, ensured in an environment in accordance with the Ionian Village spirit. At the time of going to press, registrations for the 2022 summer sessions will open on March 1, 2022 at noon EST.

More information about the Ionian village is available online:

So Blue Greek Ceramics and Gifts on Instagram:

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