AHEPA's 84th Annual Supreme Convention

Renowned Comedian to Emcee Association's Grand Banquet;
Vice Admiral to Receive Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Gus J. James, II, national president of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), the largest and oldest American-based Greek heritage grassroots membership organization, announced that on Friday, July 28, 2006, Vice Admiral James G. Stavridis, Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, will be awarded the AHEPA Medal of Freedom during the 84th Grand Banquet. The gala affair is the pinnacle event of the 84th Supreme Convention to be held July 25-30, 2006, in Hollywood, Fla.

Vice Admiral Stavridis has many decorations and awards due to his numerous accomplishments, including: the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Adm. Arleigh Burke Award, Newport Navy League Award. Moreover, he has authored or co-authored the current editions of Division Officer's Guide, Watch Officers Guide and Command At Sea. Vice Admiral Stavridis is currently awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation to be promoted to the rank of Admiral.

Basile, one of the most sought after stand-up comedians in the country today will be master of ceremonies for the banquet. In addition to performing his critically acclaimed Growing Up Greek in America, Basile lends his voice to Universal Studios as Bullwinkle J. Moose and has performed in Japanese Anime.

The Westin Diplomat is the site for the 84th Supreme Convention. For more information about The Westin, please visit http://www.diplomatresort.com/.

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.

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