The Latsis family in Greece has a long and distinguished history of supporting projects at a national and international level, which delivers benefits to the wider public. Many family members champion initiatives across a broad spectrum of fields, including education, science, and social welfare. The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation was established with the aim of executing, administering and managing the combined efforts of the family in this respect. Family members Marianna, Henrietta, Margarita and Spiro Latsis, constitute the Supervisory Board of the Foundation.
The diversity of projects that have sparked the interest of the Latsis family is broad. Funding is provided in support of anything from a paediatric clinic, to academic teams entering challenging international science competitions. What defines each project selected by the Latsis Foundation, is its ability to deliver a long-term benefit to the public in some form, either by increasing public knowledge, or by leading directly or indirectly to far-reaching life enhancements. Part of the Foundation’s funding is directed toward small or larger scale cultural projects.
At the end of 2013, the Latsis Foundation contributed to the Christmas Concert performed by the Kifissia Variety Orchestra. It was the third year running that the Foundation supported this event, which it also hosted at its headquarters, the Pallas Athena. A classical extravaganza, including works from Bach, Mozart and Haydn, the festive celebration brought together 300 people.
Earlier in 2013, the Foundation had provided financial support to a symposium entitled ‘The meaning and importance of competition (agon) in life and culture’. The brainchild of the former Greek General Secretariat for Culture, this gathering welcomed notable speakers, including the poet and Paris VIII professor of philosophy, Michel Deguy, and offered delegates the chance to discuss pertinent issues in relation to competition and its role in society.
As one final example, The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation has also supported theatrical productions. It provided partial funding in 2013 for a production of Aristophanes’ ‘Lysistrata’ by the Theatre Lab Company in London, in which the adaptation was placed in the context of the ongoing social and economic fallout from the global financial crisis.