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AHI Set to Honor a Star-Studded List of Greek Americans At its 34th Annual Gala Dinner
February 25, 2009—No. 16 (202) 785-8430

AHI Set to Honor a Star-Studded List of Greek Americans At its 34th Annual Gala Dinner

Cat Cora, George Pelecanos, Congressman Gus Bilirakis, John G. Rangos, Sr., and George Tsetsekos to be Awarded at Event Emceed by George Stephanopoulos

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) is set to celebrate the accomplishments of a select group of Greek American community’s finest this year at its 34th Anniversary Hellenic Heritage Achievement and National Public Service Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. on March 14, 2009 at a gala at the Capital Hilton (1001 16th Street NW). The black-tie event begins with a 5:30 p.m. reception and silent auction, followed by a dinner and awards ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s honorees include:

  • Cat Cora, acclaimed chef, philanthropist & author
  • Dr. George P. Tsetsekos, dean of the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University
  • George Pelecanos, renowned crime novelist
  • U.S.Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis of the 9th Congressional District of Florida (R)
  • John G. Rangos, Sr., philanthropist and successful businessman

George Stephanopoulos, ABC News Chief Washington correspondent and anchor of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” will emcee the event.

AHI’s awards dinner is the crowning event during a weekend of activities that include a Greek Embassy dinner, hosted by Greece’s Ambassador to the U.S. Alexandros Mallias and his wife on Friday, March 13. Saturday’s events will be kicked off with a breakfast and presentation by CBS News Correspondent Thalia Assuras at the Capital Hilton (9:00-11:00 a.m.), followed by an Open House Reception at AHI headquarters (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.).

Each year, AHI hosts this fundraising event to pay tribute to the accomplishments of a select group of Greek Americans and philhellenes. These individuals are recognized for their important career achievements, and for their contributions to the Greek American community and to American society at large.

Previous notable honorees have included: award winning actresses Olympia DukakisMelina Kanakaredes, Vice President Joseph Biden, world-renowned musicianYanni, former CIA Director George TenetGeorge Stephanopoulos, Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairman James N. Gianopulos, Washington Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis, Baltimore Orioles Owner Peter Angelos and former U.S Senator Paul Sarbanes.

For tickets or additional information, contact Vasilios Kotsatos at (202) 785-8430 or All media requests can be made to Franciscos Economides at (202) 785-8430 or Event information is also available at

The American Hellenic Institute, Inc. (AHI) is a non-profit organization that provides a joint program for strengthening United States relations with Greece and Cyprus and within the American Hellenic community. Visit AHI online at


For additional information, please contact C. Franciscos Economides at (202) 785-8430 or at For general information about the activities of AHI, please see our website at