The Eliopuloses’ donation will go toward the foundation’s general goals, which include sponsoring events for children, subsidizing ticket prices for concerts of big-name performers, and updating theater equipment. The Eliopuloses’ donation is the largest in the theater’s 14-year history and brings to nearly $2 million the amount of donations raised by the theater’s fundraising foundation since its creation. The Eliopulos family’s history in the region dates back to 1918, after five families led by patriarch Petros Eliopulos immigrated to America. The Eliopuloses found the Antelope Valley to be quite like their home village of Kapsia in Greece: an agricultural valley surrounded by mountains. The family continued the successful farming ventures it had begun in Greece. In the 1960s, John P. Eliopulos began a real estate development company. His son Andrew is now president of J.P. Eliopulos Builders/Developers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Added daughter Janet Eliopulos Anderson: “It’s been very emotional for me tonight. I feel my dad all around me … I never met a man who was so proud of where he was from.” Also present for the honor were son Andrew Eliopulos, a real estate developer himself, daughter-in-law Rula and two grandchildren, 3-year-old Yianni (Greek for John, his grandfather’s name), and Marina, 1. About 90 local business people, civic leaders and friends attended the dinner, at which the family was praised as a role model for the valley. “They’re the kind of citizens that made Lancaster a great city,” Mayor Frank Roberts said. “They, among other families, helped build this valley into what it is today,” said Lou Bozigian, chairman of the theater foundation. LANCASTER – John P. Eliopulos was remembered Thursday as a businessman who loved his family and his hometown at a dinner hosted by the Lancaster Performing Arts Center Foundation. The dinner honoring the late real estate developer and investor took place in the Performing Arts Center’s J.P. Eliopulos Family Theater, newly renamed after a $150,000 donation from the Eliopulos family. “John loved this city,” his widow, Georgia, said. “He loved Lancaster. He was so proud to be a part of it.” Eliopulos died seven years ago.