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AHEPA Midwestern Regional
Banquet Honors Excellence in Ohio
AHEPA held its latest in a series of Regional Banquets in Columbus, Ohio, at the Ohio
Statehouse, March 17, 2018, where excellence in leadership and service were honored,
announced Supreme President Carl R. Hollister. In addition, proceeds from the banquet
benefited The Ohio State University Department of Classics for the purpose of permanently endowing a chair for the department's Modern Greek Program, and the Junior
Orders of AHEPA, the Sons of Pericles and Maids of Athena.
"We congratulate and commend our distinguished honorees, who represent the best
in leadership and service to the community. They are an inspiration to us all," Supreme
President Hollister said. "We are also grateful to our host committee, and to our anonymous sponsors, for their support and dedication to an event that raised critical funding
to sustain the teaching of the Classics at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to
support young Greek Americans."
The honorees were:
* Michael Stinziano and Doug Preisse, who each received the AHEPA Friendship
Award for their dedicated an unwavering support of the Hellenic community
throughout Ohio;
* Hon. Zack T. Space, former U.S. representative, who received the AHEPA Excellence in Public Service Award as he continues
to serve the public in an exemplary manner;
* Past Supreme Secretary Nicholas Alexander, who received the AHEPA Excellence in Education Award for spearheading the
development of the Modern Greek Program at The Ohio State University since 1973, and he continues to help the program
grow;
* Christopher Brown, Ph.D., The Ohio State University Department of Classics lecturer, who received the AHEPA Excellence
in Classical Studies Award for his passion for teaching the Classics; and
* Past Supreme President Franklin Manios, who received the inaugural AHEPA-Gus Maggos Excellence Award for his significant contributions to the Order of AHEPA, including its scholarship and athletics programs. The award is named in honor of
the late Brother Gus Maggos, an Ahepan who left his job to sell $50 million in World War II Bonds and received recognition
from President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady
Eleanor Roosevelt.
Brother Gus J. Lazares served as Master of Ceremonies.
More than 230 persons attended the event, which included
a reception in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda. The Ohio
Statehouse is built in the Greek Rival style, a type of architectural design inspired by ancient Greek buildings.
The Host committee included: Brothers Aristotle Hutras,
George Limbert and Eric Russell, from AHEPA Chapter
139, Columbus; and Daughters of Penelope Past District
11 Governor Cynthia D. Hollister. Thanks to the banquet's
anonymous sponsors, the event's motto was "Dinner is on
us; Donations are on you," which allowed for it to be a sucAHEPA family leaders share a moment with the honorees (l-r): SOP Supreme
cessful fundraiser.
President Poulos III, PSS Alexander, M. Stinziano, PSP Manios, Supreme
The George Karras Band provided musical entertain- President Hollister, DOP Grand President Fomalont, Dr. Brown, former U.S.
ment.
Rep. Space, D. Preisse and MOA Grand President Shakolas.

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