On May 9, 2024, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens will host its eighth annual Gala to support the School’s 140-year mission of preserving, promoting, and protecting all aspects of Greek culture from antiquity to the present. During our premier event of the year, we celebrate Greece’s rich heritage with the Hellenic world’s most influential leaders and scholars and honor those who have made significant contributions to the study of the Greek world.

The Gala provides an important source of funding for the School and its academic programming, excavations, outreach, publications, and research, as well as a wide range of free public lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and award-winning short films.

An American School Experience*

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is excited to offer a unique Gala week experience created exclusively for table sponsors. The itinerary includes a lecture by esteemed classicist and translator of Homer's "Odyssey," Emily Wilson, private tours of New York City’s finest museums. For more information, please contact Nancy Savaides at 609-454-6810 or nsavaides@ascsa.org.


Thursday, May 9, 2024

Cocktails: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
After-party: 10:00 p.m.


Gotham Hall
1356 Broadway at 36th Street
New York, NY 10018


This year, we will present American School Trustee Mary R. Lefkowitz with the School’s prestigious Athens Prize. The Athens Prize is awarded for outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge of ancient Greece. Previous recipients have been archaeologist John Camp, Aegean prehistorian Malcolm Wiener, epigrapher Ronald Stroud, and economic historian Edward Cohen.

"I hope that this honor will serve as an illustration of how much someone can learn from a summer session at the American School,” said Lefkowitz. “I think it's fair to say that seeing Greece--as it was then and as it was in the distant past--launched me on my career. You need to be there to understand why it matters so much to all of us,” she added. 

Support the School

The Gala provides an important source of funding for the American School. If you cannot attend this event, please consider supporting us with a monetary or auction item donation. To offer an in-kind gift, please click this link, or contact Nancy Savaides at nsavaides@ascsa.org or 609-454-6810. Thank you for your generosity.

Past Galas

Click the links below for more about our previous events.*

Gala 2023

Gala 2022

Gala 2021 (Virtual Cocktail Hour and Main Program)

Gala 2019

Gala 2018

Gala 2017

Gala 2016

*No Gala was held in 2020 due to COVID-19.