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The following article is reprinted with permission from The Greek Star Newspaper, Chicago’s Regional Salute Banquet Inspires, Honors Many from Midwest By Harriette Condes-Zervakis Photos provided by The Greek Star O n Saturday, May 1, approximately 400 people naire Harry Mark Petrakis. The 88 year-old Mr. Petrakis began attended the American Hellenic Educational by poking fun at himself. “You catch me this evening in the Progressive Association (AHEPA) 2010 Midwest springtime of my senility,” he quipped to the audience. Regional Banquet at The Westin O’Hare Hotel. Later Mr. Petrakis related anecdotes that were both humorAlthough some had traveled from as far away as New York ous and touching. Growing up as the son of Father Mark and and Philadelphia to attend, most guests were from the triPresvytera Petrakis on Chicago’s South Side, he was not only state area of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. the mischievous child who once gave in to the temptation Event chairman John W. Galanis of Milwaukee welcomed of food during Lent, but also the one who appreciated the many distinguished guests, including the keynote speaker, splendor of a Greek Orthodox Easter service. “How rich the Congressman John Sarbanes (Maryland), members of the memories. How great the tradition,” he said. “I would not Supreme Lodge, District Governors, and the six guests of trade being born the son of a poor priest for being a prince.” honor who received awards during the program: Andrew Harry Mark Petrakis was presented with the AHEPA Academy Athens, Phillip Bouzeos, Dr. Mary Dochios-Kamberos, John of Achievement Award for his success as an author. Kass, Lt. Col. James Megellas, and Harry Mark Petrakis. Daughters of Penelope Grand President Elaine Sampanis The evening began with a reception during which guests introduced Dr. Mary Dochios-Kamberos. Dr. Dochioswere able to enjoy appetizers as Kamberos, a native of Idaho, has they mingled and had an opporhad an exemplary career as a tunity to meet and greet both physician. For 35 years she was friends and the guests of honor. the Chief Medical Officer at the Dinner music was later provided Audy Home, considered the numby Vasilios Gaitanos. ber one facility of its kind for His Eminence Metropolitan children in the United States. She Iakovos, assisted by Reverend also cared for a countless number Nicholas Nikokavouras, provided of children during her 50 years in the invocation and the benediction. private practice as a pediatrician. Brief but warm welcoming For her many professional remarks were given by Nicholas accomplishments, and for her Karacostas, Supreme President of generous support of many causes AHEPA; Elaine Sampanis, Grand such as the Greek American President of the Daughters of Rehabilitation and Care Centre in Penelope; and Dean Tselepis, Wheeling and the Steppenwolf Supreme President of the Sons Theater, Dr. Dochios-Kamberos of Pericles. was presented with the AHEPA Past Supreme President Steve A. Academy of Achievement Award Manta introduced author, screen- Supreme President Karacostas presents Brother Athens with the for medicine and philanthropy. As writer, and storyteller extraordi- AHEPA Lifetime Achievement Award. modest as she is generous, Dr. Summer 2010 the ahepan 19

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The AHEPAN - Summer 2010

The AHEPAN - Summer 2010
Table of Contents
Supreme President’s Message
Daughters of Penelope President’s Message
Sons and Maids Presidents’ Messages
AHEPA Family News
Book Review
Annual Excursion Continues to Build Bridges, Seek Solutions
United We Serve
Chicago’s Regional Salute Banquet Inspires, Honors Many from Midwest
Civic Responsibility
2010 Athletics Calendar
AHEPA Family Chapter News
In Memoriam

The AHEPAN - Summer 2010