Greek America's Best and Brightest
Guests at the 2011 Gabby Awards were transported back in time to Ellis Island by boat.
The Hall of Immigration was the location of the emotional awards show.
More than a thousand people attended the 2011 Gabby Awards at Ellis Island.
The Gabby Awards were created to celebrate those Greek North Americans who strive to be the very best at what they do. Whether in business, philanthropy, the arts, education or other areas of interest that our awards cover, we celebrate the pursuit excellence as a core Greek ideal and are inspired by people who pursue excellence.
The name "Gabby" comes from the acronym "Greek America's Best and Brightest Stars" and the Gabby has quickly become the top achievement awards for Greek North Americans. The awards are based on a purely meritocratic system that involves a 100-member Academy that determines the nominees, followed by a popular vote via the internet.
Founded in 2009 with a gala event in Chicago and hosted every two years-- the Gabby Awards have become North America's premiere weekend celebration for Americans and Canadians of Greek descent. In 2011, the awards ceremony took place at Ellis Island, in the very location where 12 million immigrants passed through on their way to becoming U.S. citizens.