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AHEPA Family Provides Hu Relief at Home … and Abro A HEPA has risen to meet many challenges over its 90-year history. Many of those challenges have been to assist individuals, families, or whole communities in need usually due to natural disasters. Other instances have called for a response or mobilization during wartime or to assist victims of terrorism, for example, post-September 11. Today, the AHEPA family is presented with a unique situation. Already in the throes of an aggressive campaign to feed and provide medical supplies to help people in need in Greece, a storm—a “superstorm”—unlike any other hit the most populous region of the United States, leaving many communities, including those heavily populated with Greek Americans, devastated. With people without electricity or gas and houses damaged or destroyed, Ahepans had no choice but to organize and mobilize to lend a helping hand to their neighbors, families and friends. Now, unlike any other time in its history, AHEPA is working on two fronts to gather resources and raise funds to provide humanitarian relief abroad in Greece and here at home. AHEPA Teams Up to Secure $1.3M Medical Aid Delivery to Greece AHEPA joined with the Pancretan Association to secure a shipping container filled with more than $650,000 worth of medical and surgical supplies by the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to aid the people of Greece. The container is part of an IOCC-led shipment of more than $1.3 million in medical supplies destined for Greek hospitals in Athens and the island of Crete. The shipping container AHEPA helped to secure, thanks to the efforts of Philanthropist Stas Margaronis, an Ahepan, headed to Athens for distribution to three Athens-area public children’s hospitals: Agia Sophia Children’s Hospital, the largest children’s hospital in Greece with 700 beds; the General Children’s Hospital Aglaia Kyriakou with 160 beds and the Pentelis General Children’s Hospital with 380 beds. “We are proud to team up with the IOCC and Pancretan Association to continue our humanitarian assistance to the people of Greece,” said Supreme President Dr. Grossomanides. “We sincerely appreciate the generous contribution of Ahepan Stas Margaronis, who helped to secure the Continued on page 14 St. Louis Committee raising funds for Greece (l-r): H. Lemakis, treas.; C. Lemakis, sec.; J. Spanos advisor; L. Spanos, Chair; M. Angelides, mbr.; R. Pelican, advisor; Dr. G. Pelican, vice chair; members A. Liyeos and D. Vainalis. Not shown: C. Anastas and V. Simos. Greece Aid (l-r): David Beltz, of Medical Teams International (MTI) and Stas Margaronis, representing AHEPA, meet over preparations of an IOCC container filled with more than $650,000 in surgical supplies and walking aids for shipment to three public children’s hospitals in greater Athens. (Photo by Medical Teams International) 12 The AhepAN Winter 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The AHEPAN - Winter 2012

The AHEPAN - Winter 2013
President’s Message
AHEPA Family News
AHEPA Maintains a Commitment to Education
AHEPA Family Provides Humanitarian Relief at Home … and Abroad
The Journey Begins This Summer
The Periclean
Civic Responsibility
AHEPA Family Chapter News
In Memoriam

The AHEPAN - Winter 2012