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Newly sworn-in Supreme President Zachariades
presents outgoing Supreme President Galanis with
his Past Supreme President's Pin at Installation
Congressional Record. Scofield served as supreme president in
1991 when AHEPA received special recognition from the U.S.
Department of Interior for raising more than $600,000 for the
restoration of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Past Supreme Governor and Past Supreme President of
the Sons of Pericles Sandy Papadopoulos received the 2016
Ahepan of the Year Award. Papadopoulos, active in AHEPA's
athletics program, spearheaded a Pan-Pontian Youth Cultural
and Folkloric Festival which culminated with a Pontian Youth
Flash Mob at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park that encircled
AHEPA's Tribute to Olympism sculpture and received recognition from Hellenic news outlets and blog sites.
Grants, Donations Announced to Charities
convention as a launching pad to propel the organization into
its 94th year and beyond "to inspire the next generation of
Greek Americans and philhellenes."
In addition, AHEPA family leaders offered farewell remarks,
including: Supreme President Galanis, Daughters of Penelope
Grand President Connie Pilallis, Sons of Pericles Supreme
President Andreas Christou, and Maids of Athena Grand
President Deanna Socaris. Jimmy Kokotas served as the banquet program's Master of Ceremonies.
In his final remarks as supreme president, Galanis conveyed how humbling of an experience it has been, as the son
of Greek immigrants, to represent the Order before global
political and religious leaders, community leaders, and to
AHEPA's rank-and-file membership, which he described as "the
backbone of the Order."
"I wish everyone here could have walked in my shoes this
year," he said.
The supreme president also reaffirmed AHEPA's steadfast
commitment to community service and charitable giving.
"AHEPA's philanthropic arms are wide and far-reaching,"
Two Ahepans Receive National Recognition
Past Supreme President James S. Scofield received the AHEPA
Lifetime Achievement Award. In his remarks, Metropolitan
Gerasimos called Scofield "a legend." Scofield is perhaps best
known for authoring the historical piece, "Forgotten History:
The Klan vs. Americans of Hellenic Heritage in an Era of Hate."
Scofield wrote it on the occasion of AHEPA's 75th anniversary,
and then U.S. Senator Paul S. Sarbanes entered it into the
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During the program, representatives from AHEPA family
entities announced donations and grants to various charitable
programs and causes.
AHEPA family districts and chapters, in addition to AHEPA's
affiliated organizations presented tens of thousands of dollars to AHEPA's capital campaign drive to help rebuild Saint
Nicholas National Shrine at World Trade Center. In addition,
AHEPA premiered a video appeal for its capital campaign fund
drive to help rebuild Saint Nicholas National Shrine at World
Supreme President Galanis presented a $10,000 donation
to the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to support IOCC's worthy mission to provide humanitarian aid and
emergency relief around the world. Louis Zagami, development
officer, IOCC, accepted the donation. During the past four years,
IOCC and AHEPA have teamed-up to deliver more than $6 million in public health and medical equipment assistance to nine
hospitals in Greece.
Angelo Kostarides, president, AHEPA National Housing
Corp., announced its grant program will award $300,000 to
To begin the evening's program, Maya Neal performed the
national anthems. The audience also received a video-taped
greeting from U.S. Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), who was unable
to be present because of her attendance at the Democratic
A special performance by "The Rat Pack" entertained banquet guests, who also enthusiastically were invited to attend
the 2017 Supreme Convention at Walt Disney World®-Yacht and
Beach Club in Orlando by a Fustanella-donning Mickey Mouse
and Dessie Dulakis, a Disney Destinations representative.
The 2017 Supreme Convention will convene July 24 to 30.
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