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AHepA FAmily news AHEPA Supports Archdiocese in Suit Against Port Authority; Applauds Congressional Letters to NY, NJ Governors AHEPA expressed support for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and St. Nicholas Church as the latter parties announced that they filed a lawsuit against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in order to foster rebuilding St. Nicholas Church, the only house of worship destroyed by the September 11 terrorist attacks, announced Supreme President Nicholas A. Karacostas. “It is unfortunate that it has come to this, but I’m afraid bureaucracy knows no other way,” Karacostas said. “The Archdiocese and the Church made many attempts to meet with the Port Authority only to be met with silence. We are supportive of their decision to pursue litigation.” Karacostas added, “We maintain it remains unacceptable that the Port Authority has failed to meet its commitment and resume negotiations with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to rebuild St. Nicholas at 130 Liberty Street, a site chosen by the Port Authority.” Congress Sends Letters to NY, NJ Governors AHEPA applauds the efforts of members of Congress who signed separate letters to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie urging the governors to do what they can to make progress on the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero, announced Supreme President Karacostas. The letters were sent March 10, 2011. “We sincerely thank the leadership of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, Representatives Gus Bilirakis and Carolyn Maloney, for spearheading this bipartisan effort and for their interest to see progress on this issue that is so vital to the community,” Karacostas said. “We are also grateful to the members of Congress who signed on to the letters to the governors. Our hope is that the letters will spark some movement.” In addition to U.S. Reps. Bilirakis (R-FL) and Maloney (D-NY), the letters were signed by U.S. Reps. John Sarbanes (D-MD), Michael Grimm (R-NY), Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Timothy Bishop (D-NY), and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY). AHEPA embarked on a petition campaign that provided more than 20,000 signatures of individuals who called on the Port Authority to honor its commitment and meet with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Supreme President Karacostas has also requested a meeting with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to discuss the issue. Moreover, AHEPA raised the issue with members of the New York and New Jersey congressional delegations during its annual Capitol Hill Day on March 30, 2011. Montreal AHEPA Family Fulfills $250K Pledge to Shriners Hospital; Shriners Name School After AHEPA The Montreal AHEPA Family proudly fulfilled its six-year drive to raise $250,000 for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Montreal. The balance of $58,000 that helped reach this goal was raised at the 12th Annual St. Valentine’s Charitable Ball held February 12, 2011 at the Palace Reception Hall, Laval. Over the past twelve years the St. Valentine’s Ball has raised $400,000 for children’s causes. “We are delighted with the exceptional response that we received from our sponsors and members of our Hellenic community in Montreal, without whose support this accomplishment would not have been possible,” said Montreal AHEPA Family Presidents Dr. Ken Matziorinis and Dr. Hellen Christodoulou. AHEPA Makes Available Emergency Relief Fund to Aid Japanese Victims AHEPA has made available its Emergency Relief Fund to help the victims of today’s devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan during this most difficult time,” Supreme President Nicholas Karacostas said. “We hope that the relief we will provide will help meet the needs of the Japanese people. To make a donation to the AHEPA Emergency Relief, please visit Donations may also be sent via mail to: AHEPA Emergency Relief Fund, Attn: Japanese Earthquake, 1909 Q Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20009. The AHEPA Emergency Relief Fund is a 501 (c) 3 entity that helps AHEPA fulfill the philanthropic facet of its mission. The Shriners Hospital is the leading treatment center for children with orthopedic and neuro-musculoskeletal conditions in the world and treats children free of charge. “We congratulate the Montreal AHEPA Family for their high ideals and continued support and dedication toward the Shriners Hospital for Children,” added Dr. Robert Drummond, chairman, Hospital Board of Governors. May 2011 the ahepan 5

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The AHEPAN - May 2011

The AHEPAN - May 2011
Supreme President’s Message
AHEPA Family News
March Madness: Hellenic Style
The Periclean
2011 AHEPA Convention Information and Registration Form
AHEPA Family Chapter
In Memoriam

The AHEPAN - May 2011