The Pan Hellenic Gala- Demonstrates Living With Kefi!

This past weekend I had the great pleasure and privilege to be the Mistress of Ceremonies for the 2016 Pan-Hellenic Scholarship Foundation Gala.  The evening embodied all positive values, which allow one to live fully, zestfully and with KEFI!  These core values are what we Greeks call “PHILOTIMO,”  with which we behold the best character, a higher calling, faith, a love of family, humility, humanity and honor!  Can you live any better than this?  I do adhere to Philotimo, and that is exactly what was illumined ever so brightly last Saturday evening at the SOLD-OUT Gala hosted at the elegant Ritz Carlton in downtown Chicago.


The event celebrated the 2016 Scholarship Award Recipients, forty-four scholars -among the most exceptional Greek-America undergraduates in the nation, along side this year’s Paradigm Award honoree, John S. Koudounis, Chief Executive Officer of Calamos Investments.  Koudounis, the youngest CEO to take Wall Street by storm, attended Brown University and personifies the motto of The Pan-Hellenic Scholarship Foundation, which is to LIVE FULLY, LEARN CONTINUALLY and LEAD ALWAYS.  KUDOS John and high achieving students.



We too should strive every day to hit the high mark with our preparation, tenacity and focused execution.  We aren’t born to slug through life, we are born to evolve, improve and shine brightly like the “Dog Star,” with our only boundary – the sky.  You are destined to do great things, but first you must become the best version of yourself, and that includes developing …….A STRONG MIND IN A HEALTHY BODY.  It all boils down to thinking critically and making smart choices so that your mind and body can operate optimally in all scenarios.


Love your life so you can live your life with #KEFI.


Enjoy these pics from the gala…


KikiKefi with Paradigm Honoree John S. Koudounis, his lovely wife and Koumpara Sara



Koudounis’ awesome Paradigm Award- created by the same company that produces The Oscars!




Mr. John Calamos of Calamos Investments, Kiki and John’s elegant wife.



The 2016 Pan-Hellenic Scholarship Winners- YOU ROCK!!!!



The talented graphics guy David Fields, Kiki and the amazing PH Exec Dir Yanni Valsamas





Pan-Hellenic Trustee and Secretary Tom Sotos with Kiki Kefi



Kiki with her BIG GUY and pal

DRUM ROLL please……


The incoming and outstanding – par excellent Chairman of the Pan-Hellenic Scholarship Foundation…Mr Robert Buhler



Congratulations award recipients, and to the Pan Hellenic Scholarship Foundation Gala committee, including Chairman Robert Buhler,  Exec Dir Yanni Valsamas, Coordinator Allie Clayman – and each committee member who worked long days and nights to present a spectacular event.

TO YOU: do something, tiny or giant, every day to improve yourself.  As Zig Ziglar once said…See You At The Top!


Carpe Kefi



Kiki is a master interviewer with 25 years broadcasting on Kansas City and Chicago radio. She was a prevalent force at WMAQ & WBBM radio where she was the first female airborne news/traffic reporter in the "Windy City". Kiki’s voiceover work has garnered her Omni awards for Evian water and Coca-Cola commercials. These days Kiki enjoys energizing audiences on stage during motivational speaking engagements, and through writing. Her highly regarded “Kefi-That Life Force” column, was published previously in The Greek Star. She’s currently working on her first non-fiction book. [ View all posts ]