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“ AHEPA Announces The Demeter ” Initiative to Feed Greece’s Hungry, Benefit Economy Meet the Challenge: Match $100,000 Fund in Effort to Raise $200,000 A HEPA has launched a program that will feed the needy people of Greece and benefit the local Greek economy called “The Demeter Initiative,” announced Supreme President Dr. John Grossomanides. How It Works: Supporting Farmers, Putting People to Work, Feeding the Needy “The Demeter Initiative,” named after the Greek goddess of the harvest, is a program made possible through a matching donation of $100,000 from AHEPA Chapter 53, St. Louis. When the initial $100,000 donation is matched resulting in a total of $200,000: 1. Food will be purchased from local Greek farmers thus providing economic support to the farmers. 2. The purchased food will be delivered by hired help to 35 participating supermarkets throughout Greece thus further stimulating the economy with job creation. 3. Eligible needy families can receive the food at the supermarkets at no cost to the families. AHEPA will be working in cooperation with the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) which will help secure the food from farmers and provide it to the 35 participating supermarket chains in Greece. “We are extremely excited to announce ‘The Demeter Initiative,’ a new program that will provide assistance to the people of Greece and benefit its economy,” said Dr. Grossomanides. “We deeply appreciate the generous $100,000 matching fund donation from AHEPA’s Saint Louis chapter and thank our partners at the IOCC. We call on the community to do its upmost to raise an additional $100,000 to match it.” AHEPA is encouraging communities to host social gatherings to raise funds for The Demeter Initiative. For example, Washington DC-area Lawyer Lena Skiouras hosted a Demeter AHEPA Donates $10,000 to Superstorm Sandy Victims The AHEPA Charitable Foundation donated a total of $10,000 to families who fell victim to Superstorm Sandy, announced Supreme President Dr. John Grossomanides. The disbursement to the families occurred February 20, 2013. “We hope this donation from the AHEPA Charitable Foundation will help in some small way to alleviate the hardship incurred by Superstorm Sandy victims,” said Supreme President Dr. Grossomanides. “The devastation experienced by communities affected by this hurricane was unparalleled. I commend the Greek American community for rallying to provide 16 | The AhepAn · Summer 2013 much-needed humanitarian aid to victims of Sandy.” To recap, AHEPA chapters in District 5 (New Jersey and Delaware) and District 6 (New York) mobilized quickly after the hurricane hit to provide disaster relief to victims, including light demolition work and clean-up. Funds were also donated to purchase relief supplies and AHEPA members assembled 500 emergency aid supply buckets. Chapters also collected gift cards for pharmacies and home improvement and big-box retail stores for distribution to families. At Thanksgiving, chapters provided meals to families displaced from their homes. As a whole, the

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The AHEPAN - Summer 2013

The AHEPAN - Summer 2013
President’s Message
AHEPA Family News
Congressional Banquet Triumphantly Returns to Washington
Annual Excursion Focuses on Humanitarian Eff orts
AHEPA Announces “Th e Demeter Initiative” to Feed Greece’s Hungry, Benefit Economy
Civic Responsibility
The Periclean
AHEPA Family Chapter News

The AHEPAN - Summer 2013