AHEPA Family of District 13 Raises $50,000 for Metropolis of Chicago

AHEPA President Manios Attends Charitable Event Benefiting Children's Camp

CHICAGO--The AHEPA family of District 13, which encompasses Illinois and
Wisconsin, raised $50,000 for the benefit of Metropolis Children's Camp, a
campsite for the Metropolis of Chicago that has been a longtime dream of His
Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos. The donation, raised via a banquet held Feb.
26, will go toward the purchase of the property where the camp is located.

Supreme President Franklin R. Manios, who attended the event, commended the
members of District 13 for their initiative to assist the Metropolis of
Chicago by bringing the community together.

However, he added, '…we must not rest on our laurels. The challenge of
keeping our Hellenic heritage and Orthodox Faith alive is a constant
calling; one that we must all meet together.

The fundraiser by District 13 comes on the heels of a $40,000 contribution
to the Shriner's Hospital for Children by the Montreal AHEPA Family and a
$50,000 donation toward cancer research by the AHEPA Family Fifth District
Cancer Foundation.

'The spirit of philanthropy is vibrant in the Greek-American community and
it is an integral component of the mission of the AHEPA family, especially
at the grassroots level as demonstrated here tonight," Manios said.

The Metropolis Children's Camp is used for church-related events and

The supreme president congratulated District 13 Governor John Galanis, Lt.
Gov. George Pantazelos and Daughters of Penelope Governor Connie Chiagouris
for the successful gala affair themed 'Salute to the Churches."

He also thanked award-winning WMAQ-NBC 5 Anchorwoman Allison Rosati, who
served as Master of Ceremonies, and Emmy award-winning Producer George Veras
who was the Principal Speaker for contributing to the success of the

In attendance were: His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of the Metropolis of
Chicago, Consul General of the Hellenic Republic Aliki Hadji, who expressed
her gratitude to AHEPA as she was born at the AHEPA Hospital in
Thessaloniki; and Daughters of Penelope Grand President Demetra Kapolis.

The mission of the AHEPA family is to promote the ideals of Hellenism,
education, philanthropy, civic responsibility and family and individual

The AHEPA family consists of four organizations: AHEPA, Daughters of
Penelope, Sons of Pericles and Maids of Athena.

For more information about the AHEPA family, or any of its programs and how
to join, please contact AHEPA Headquarters, 202.232.6300. For instant
information visit www.ahepa.org