We want to take this opportunity to showcase key people who have been essential in the development of Harboring Hearts. Without the help of our amazing board members, volunteers and interns, we would not be where we are today.
Forward by Yuki Kotani
As our Spring Gala fast approaches, we want to recognize people who have been essential to ensuring that the event would be a success. For the second time, we are holding another exciting event at the Rubin Museum of Art and we want to thank Peter Christodoulou for securing us the venue. The museum is beautiful with amazing Tibetan and Himalayan art work. The peaceful yet trendy ambience has been one of the best venue choices for Harboring Hearts.
We want to thank Peter for his continued support and dedication to the organization. Please read about our amazing volunteer, Peter Christodoulou.
Current Occupation – Finance, specifically Asset Management at Credit Suisse
How and why did you get involved with Harboring Hearts? – I have been friends with Michelle Javian, one of the co-founders of Harboring Hearts, ever since I met her at the airport. We were both returning from vacation in Greece, and we shared a few common connections which we discovered while waiting in the taxi line! We continued to stay in touch, and as I discovered Harboring Hearts I immediately took an interest in the organization’s mission and helping out any way I could.
How do you balance your career and giving back so successfully? – My career keeps me quite busy, but helping Harboring Hearts has always been a rewarding experience and it has never been hard to find time to help (especially given how fun Harboring Hearts events are!). I am generally most useful with event hosting and planning, and I am always able to catch up after regular working hours or when my work load is low.
Who or what have been your greatest inspirations in your life, your career, and your volunteer experience? – My greatest inspiration is watching other people with the drive to succeed, specifically in watching others who manage challenging projects from an idea all the way to completion. I see this in colleagues, my closest friends, my fiancée, and my family. I’ve also seen such drive from the volunteers at Harboring Hearts, and it is this drive which is part of the reason I am involved with the organization. Having seen multiple fundraising events worked on by volunteers who truly feel motivated by the organization’s mission, I am myself motivated to make each and every event even better.
What are your favorite memories about Harboring Hearts? – I have been a member of the host committee for various Harboring Hearts events. My favorite was the first event at the Rubin Museum since I helped secure the venue. The space and the turn out made for a fantastic and successful night!
- Favorite City? New York City
- Favorite Food? Italian (especially spaghetti with pesto)
- Favorite Activity? Travel
- Favorite Music? Classic rock
- Favorite Museum? Museum of Moving Image
- Favorite Travel Destination? Greek islands
- Favorite Movie? A Shot in the Dark (1964)