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AHI Nominated Among “Greek America’s Best and Brightest Stars”
April 27, 2009—No. 30 (202) 785-8430

AHI Nominated Among “Greek America’s Best and Brightest Stars”


WASHINGTON, DCThe Gabby Awards selection committee has nominated the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) among one of five candidates in the “Promotion of Hellenism” category. The Gabby Awards event, which will take place for the first time this year, was founded to celebrate excellence among Greek Americans and to reward those who embody it. The Promotion of Hellenism category is open to an individual or organization that has promoted any aspect of Hellenism.

The word “Gabby” evolves from the phrase Greek America’s Best and Brightest Stars. After an exhaustive nomination process by the members of the Gabby Academy, followed by an online voting process, the Gabby Award winners will be announced at the first gala awards ceremony in Chicago on Friday, June 19, 2009. The Gabby Awards were created and will be hosted by Greek America Magazine. The eight Gabby Award categories include Business, Education, Performing Arts, Culture, Athletics, Philanthropy, Promotion of Hellenism, and Politics.

“Having worked tirelessly since our organization’s founding in 1974, the American Hellenic Institute’s leadership, staff and members from both the U.S. and around the world are so proud to be considered alongside these other very worthy promoters of Hellenism,” said AHI Executive Director Nick Larigakis. Other nominees in this category include the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

“In just its first year running, The Gabby Awards has already generated such positive energy and discussion within and outside of the Greek American community. This is a wonderful opportunity for us all to learn more about Greek America’s best and brightest, and generate awareness and momentum on some crucial issues and initiatives that we are all working to promote daily,” Larigakis added.

This year’s Gabby Awards will feature Melina Kanakaredes as its honorary co-chair. Olympia Dukakis also joins the star-studded list of gala attendees as the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award. The event will include music, comedy and celebrity award presenters, followed by an after party featuring a menu designed and planned by Bon Apétit Magazine’s Chef of the Year 2008 Michael Psilakis, who will be present at the event to welcome the guests.

Additional information about this year’s first annual Gabby Awards is available at Cast your ballot to choose Greek America’s “best and brightest” at For additional information on AHI’s nomination, contact Franciscos Economides at (202) 785-8430 or For general information about the activities of AHI, please visit our Web site 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