Crowds of people descended on to The Brunswick shopping centre in Bloomsbury opposite Russell Square tube station for the Go Greek Cyprus night at the Brunswick in tribute to Christos Lazari and there was free Greek food, drink, dance and live entertainment.
Catering from Apollo Restaurant and Wilton Patisserie.
John Themis a show in himself was the brilliant compere for the event and the main organiser. The Tsahouridis Brothers gave a grand performance with their incredible band, and a full programme of other talented artists Monica Michael, Ageliki Darra, the Elite Greek dancers performed the Wedding dance, the Figoura School of Greek dance, Diva Mary Pearce, Leonidas the table dancer, the veteran dancer famous for his traditional glass on the head act, Bouzouki act Costas Rialas, Themis the Greek blues man, and of course the Diastello Greek Band. But most of all the crowd who danced all night.
A big thank you to the Lazari family who organised the event in memory and tribute to Christos Lazari.
On the night the family donated £15,000 to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. A world leading specialist children’s hospital – just local to the Brunswick Centre
£30,000 for medical research to be undertaken by the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery which is located in Queens Square. Again, a leading specialist hospital local to The Brunswick
£5,000 to Coram Charity, originally a locally set up charity, that since 1739 has been helping vulnerable children and young people and operates as an independent adoption agency and fostering.
£50,000 to Dora Village, the birthplace of Christos Lazari, to improve community recreational facilities
Christos who was born in Dora, Limassol arrived in Britain at 16 years old with £20 in his pocket to seek a future here in London. In the early seventies he started working in the dress business eventually owning his own dress manufacturing business Drendie Girl before entering in the property investment business. He owned forty-five acres across London through a network of property companies.
Chris Lazari was also also a member of the Radiomarathon children in need charity committee where he was well known for his philanthropic work.
In front of 800 guests at the Hilton Hotel Park Lane in year 2012 Chris Lazari received a life time award from the current Miss World at the Props Presentation organised by the Variety Club with Awards being presented to different persons in different worlds in the property business.
On the same night Lord Sebastian Coe received the “Most significant contribution to London Award to with the work he is doing towards the success of the London Olympic Games.
The lifetime Award had put Chris Lazari in good company. Previous winners are Lord Palumbo, Lord Sterling, Sir John Ritblat, Sir William Mcalpine and Gerald Ronson.
Photos Alexios Gennaris and others