The AHEPAN - Winter/Spring 2010 - 6
AhepA FAmily News
AHEPA Donates $10,000 to Urban Search and Rescue Team
AHEPA donated $10,000 to the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team on Monday, March 8, 2010, announced Supreme President Nicholas A. Karacostas. The check presentation occurred at the Fairfax (Franconia) Fire Station #5, Alexandria, Va. The USAR Team, or VA Task Force 1 “Making (VATF-1), is a domestic A and international disasDifference” ter response resource sponsored by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. The USAR team representative, Battalion Deputy Chief for Special Operations John Burke, accepted the donation along with several of his colleagues. “The Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue Team is an invaluable resource that helps to rescue the lives of count-
Above: Supreme President Karacostas presents the donation to the USAR Team. At Right: Battalion Chief Robert Zoldos (left) briefs AHEPA about the team’s recent mission to Haiti.
less individuals across the globe, most recently in Haiti,” Karacostas said. “We are indebted to their service and sacrifice at the request of our nation, which is often at a moment’s notice. As a serviceoriented organization, and in keeping with AHEPA’s mission which promotes philanthropy and civic duty, we proudly present
this donation on behalf of a grateful Greek American community.” In an April 5, 2010 letter to President Karacostas, Chief Ronald L. Mastin wrote, “You are truly making a difference in saving lives.” VATF-1 is credited for rescuing 16 lives in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010.
AHEPA Wants You to Run (Or Walk) in the Footsteps of History
Through a partnership, the AHEPA family has been afforded the unique opportunity of possessing 300 entry spots in the 2010 Athens Marathon that will be held October 31, 2010, announced Supreme President Nicholas A. Karacostas. Why is this year’s Marathon so special? The 2010 Athens Marathon will commemorate the 2,500 anniversary of the Battle of Marathon and the legendary run of Pheidippides from Marathon to Athens. Upon arriving at Athens, Pheidippides proclaimed, “We have won,” and dropped dead from exhaustion. If you are an enthusiast of running, a history buff, or simply a proud Hellene or Philhellene, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will cherish forever, and will want to share with family and
friends. You can also participate as a halfmarathoner or even walk the marathon course. Moreover, as a result of your participation, you will be supporting the AHEPA Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 entity that assists individuals of all races, color, and creeds, in their time of need — whether they are victims of disasters or suffer from deadly diseases. Please visit www.ahepa.org/marathon for information about travel logistics and to download a fundraising kit. We encourage you to pass this opportunity along to any family members, friends, neighbors, or business colleagues who may be interested to participate.