100 Greek-Americans to Visit Greece, 
Cyprus, and Ecumenical Patriarchate

More than $140,000 to be donated to health and day-care facilities, Orthodox Christian institutions on journey

The leading association of American citizens of Greek heritage, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), embarks on a two-week excursion to Greece, Cyprus, and the Ecumenical Patriarchate, April 8 to 24, 2006. The organization's national president, Gus J. James, II, will lead a delegation of 100 Greek-Americans.

Who: The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association

What: The 78th Annual AHEPA Family Excursion.

Why: A journey to strengthen ties between American Hellenes and Greece, Cyprus and the Ecumenical Patriarchate through meetings and events with government officials and religious leaders that support and promote mutually beneficial programs.

When: Saturday, April 8 to Monday, April 24, 2006.

Where: Athens: April 8 - 13; Cyprus: April 13 - 16; Thessaloniki: April 17 - 20; Ecumenical Patriarchate: April 20 - 24.

Event Highlights Include:

  • April 10: Banquet to honor the Hellenic Republic, Prime Minister Konstantinos Karamanlis, Intercontinental Hotel, 8:00 pm.
  • April 14: Reception to honor the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. George Paraskevaides, Cyprus Hilton, 7:30 pm.
  • April 21: Visit to the Theological School at Halki.
  • April 10 - 24: Donations to be made to: Evangelismos Hospital, AHEPA Hospital in Thessaloniki, the Menidi Day Care Center, the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and the Theological School at Halki.

For More Information about trip, contact: Basil Mossaidis, Executive Director, (on-site), or Michael Zachariades, Public Relations Assistant,, extension 201 (Washington, DC office)

(Posting date 7 April 2006)

The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) is the largest and oldest American-based, Greek heritage grassroots membership organization. Its scope is international with chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, and Cyprus, and "sister" chapters in Australia and New Zealand under the auspices of AHEPA Australasia. AHEPA was founded on July 26, 1922 in response to the evils of bigotry and racism that emerged in early 20th century American society. It also helped Greek immigrants assimilate into society. Today, AHEPA brings the ideals of ancient Greece, which includes philanthropy, education, civic responsibility, and family and individual excellence to the community. The AHEPA family consists of four organizations: AHEPA, Daughters of Penelope, Sons of Pericles and Maids of Athena. For more information about the organization or how to join, contact AHEPA Headquarters (202-232-6300) or visit the organization's newly redesigned website at http://www.ahepa.org.

HCS maintains an extensive archives of AHEPA articles and press releases which readers are invited to browse under the AHEPA Family Releases section of the site archives at http://www.helleniccomserve.com/archiveahepa.html.

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