AHI HOSTS WEEKEND ACTIVITIES TO CELEBRATE 31st ANNIVERSARY HELLENIC HERITAGE ACHIEVEMENT AND NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE AWARDS DINNER
WASHINGTON, DC—On March 18, 2006, the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) honored a distinguished set of Greek Americans and philhellenes at its 31st Anniversary Hellenic Heritage and National Public Service Awards Dinner, held at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. Linked by their important career achievements and by their contributions to the Greek American community and the community at-large, this year’s honorees were:
Opening the evening’s program was AHI Executive Director Nick Larigakis. The Marines of Headquarters Battalion presented the colors and the American and Greek national anthems were performed by Christina Indianos and Stelios Kontakiotis, chanters for Saint Sophia Cathedral in Washington, DC. The evening’s prayers were offered by Reverend Constantinos A. Pavlakos of Saint Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church, Falls Church, VA.
American Hellenic Institute Public Affairs Committee Chairman Nicholas A. Chimicles, Esq. introduced master of ceremonies Larry Michael.Mr. Michael is Senior Vice President and Executive Producer of Media for the Washington Redskins and the “Voice of Redskins Radio.” AHI President Gene Rossides then greeted the guests and briefly reviewed key activities undertaken by AHI in 2005. Following, AHI ChairmanJames L. Marketos, Esq. welcomed the guests.
Guests were also treated to a musical interlude by Maria Forakis Pearce, lead singer of the Baltimore based Greek band Apollonia, which also played for a festive two hours of dance music.
THE EVENING’S HONOREES
The first award recipient of the evening was the Daughters of Penelope accepted by Grand President Mary B. Filou. The Daughters of Penelope were presented with the Hellenic Heritage National Public Service Award honored for exceptional and tireless promotion of Hellenism, education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, family, and individual excellence. In her acceptance remarks, Mary B. Filou spoke about the different work of the Daughters of Penelope:
The second honoree, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, was presented the Hellenic Heritage National Public Service Award and honored for his commitment to public service and his support in strengthening U.S. relations with Greece and Cyprus. Congressman Chris Van Hollen stated:
(For the full text of Chris Van Hollen’s important comments please see AHI press release number 17.)
Following, the National Philoptochos Society was presented the Hellenic Heritage National Public Service Award accepted by National President Georgia Skeadas. The National Philoptochos Society was recognized by AHI for its boundless charity and unflagging support of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and all its members.
Receiving the Hellenic Heritage Achievement Award for his outstanding business achievements, dedicated philanthropy, and generous support of Hellenism, education and the Greek American community was Kyriakos Tsakopoulos. In his acceptance speech Mr. Tasakopoulos stated:
Concluding the awards presentation, the Reverend Dr. John Theodore Tavlarides was presented with the Hellenic Heritage Achievement Award for upholding Greek Orthodoxy in the Nation’s Capital with vigor, knowledge, and wisdom for fifty years.
The evening’s honorees were introduced by friends and associates with distinguished records in their own professional fields: Vice President of Human Resources of The Inland Real Estate Group Georgia Psichogios (for Dr. Mary B. Filou); Emanuel Rouvelas, Founder and Chairman of Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds L.L.P. (for Congressman Chris Van Hollen); Diane Tseckares, Director of a stock trading desk which she supervises for Deutsche Bank Alex Brown (for Georgia Skeadas); Commissioner Demetrios Boutris, President of Boutris Group, Inc (for Kyriakos Tsakopoulos); and Christopher Tavlarides, Co-founder of Capitol Outdoor Media(for Reverend Doctor John Theodore Tavlarides).
In their remarks, the introducers praised the honorees both for their outstanding personal and professional accomplishments, and for their service to their communities and to the cause of Hellenism.
Dignitaries and government officials attending the event included: Ambassador of Greece to the United States Alexandros Mallias and Mrs. Mallias and Ambassador of Cyprus to the United States Euripides Evriviades and Mrs. Evriviades.
Other notable guests recognized included: Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee Aram Hamparian; former honoree and President of the Hellenic American Women’s Council Theodora Hancock; former honoree Christine Warnke of Hogan & Hartson; former honoree Marilyn Rouvelas; Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Woodrow Wilson Center Southeast Europe Project John Sitilides; President of the AHI Athens Chapter Ilias Malevitis; AHI major benefactor Jim Lagos of the law firm of Lagos & Lagos (Springfield, OH); Editor-in-Chief of Washington Monthly Magazine and former speechwriter to President Clinton Paul Glastris; Dean of the Bennett S. LeBow College of Business at Drexel University Professor George P. Tsetsekos; Publisher of Odyssey Magazine Art Dimopoulos; Foreign Affairs Contributing Editor of Newsweek Michael Hirsch; Executive Editor & Managing Director of The Hellenic Voice John Baglaneas; and Publisher of theHellenic News of America Paul Kotrotsios
Greek Embassy Dinner in Honor of AHI
The weekend’s events were kicked off with an elegant dinner at the Greek Embassy on Friday, March 17, 2006 hosted by Ambassador Alexandros Mallias and Mrs. Mallias in honor of the AHI for its significant contributions to the strengthening of ties between Greece and the U.S. This event was a tremendous success, attended by the maximum possible guests, 100 persons.
Breakfast Briefing by Senator Paul Sarbanes and Congressman Mike Bilirakis
On the morning of March 18, 2006 the breakfast briefing took place at the Capital Hilton with Senator Paul Sarbanes and Congressman Mike Bilirakis. Both Senator Sarbanes and Congressman Bilirakis were presented with the AHI Hellenic Heritage National Public Service Award for “their extraordinary public service to our Nation spanning decades in the U.S. Congress and their tireless efforts to foster our country’s stronger friendship and understanding with Greece and Cyprus.”
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AHI Hosts Weekend Activities to Celebrate 31st Anniversary Hellenic Heritage Achievement and National Public Service Awards Dinner