Writer, Producer & Actor, My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Best known for writing, producing, and starring in the widely acclaimed film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nia Vardalos is an Academy Award-nominated writer, actor, director, and producer, as well as an adoption advocate. Read More >
Nia Vardalos shares her witty, honest, and poignant road-to-parenting story, sharing the circumstances that lead to the adoption of her daughter, the daily chaos of parenting, and the inspiration for her becoming a major advocate for adoption.
"We are so very grateful for your participation in bathing this year’s conference in such warmth and “heart.” As we’ve been focused for twelve years on elevating the way women feel about themselves, each other, and possibility, we were greatly impacted by your heartfelt stories. Your connection with the girls was immediately felt when you shared that you had a daughter close to their age. Thank you again for your humanity and the pleasure of your personality. You are awesome and amazing!"
"Nia Vardalos could not have been a better match for our fundraising event! The mission of Children’s Home Society is to promote the right of every child to a permanent, safe, and loving family, and Nia’s honest and poignant story of her experience with adopting from foster care related ideally to the work we do. Her enthusiasm and passion for the cause were contagious. She had everyone in the audience laughing and crying.
Nia was incredibly personable and gracious with our sponsors, donors, and guests both at the VIP reception and book signing. She had the same upbeat energy level with the last book signed as she did with the first. She also genuinely bonded with many of our guests who have a personal connection with adoption.
There is no doubt that Nia positively impacted our fundraising efforts, as well as cast a positive light on adoption from foster care.
We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees. Here is a quote from one of our major sponsors, “Yesterday’s event was probably my most favorite CHS event ever! Nia was wonderful and genuine – the whole program from start to finish was flawless!” One guest described Nia in a post on Facebook, “So friendly, down-to-earth, and funny!”
As for the CHS staff, we were disappointed when she had to leave to catch her flight. We felt like we had made a new friend. She was wonderful to work with."