AHEPA Pres. Reiterates Ongoing Support for Those Affected by Hurricane Katrina

WASHINGTON—The Supreme President of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) Gus J. James has issued the following statement with respect to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts:

“During the past week we have seen the extensive journalistic accounts of the devastating wrath Hurricane Katrina has brought to the Gulf Coast and how people’s lives have been adversely affected and forever changed by this tragic event.

“We have been receiving generous contributions to the AHEPA Emergency Relief Effort and we are grateful.

“I reiterate the call for our chapters to engage in fundraising initiatives immediately as we aspire to do our share to help the victims of the hurricane. Furthermore, I encourage AHEPA members, in the districts and chapters where it is logistically feasible, to make themselves available for any volunteer programs or opportunities offered by any national relief agencies or organizations. Finally, I ask that Greek-Americans who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina to please advise us of your condition by contacting one of our three chairmen responsible for our relief effort.”

All check donations should be made payable to: AHEPA Charitable Fund, earmarked “Hurricane Katrina” and forwarded to AHEPA Headquarters at 1909 Q Street, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20009.

To contact one of AHEPA’s three emergency relief effort chairmen to advise us of your condition, please e-mail:

Supreme Governor Gus Hazifotis (ghazifotis@aol.com)
Supreme Governor Anthony Kouzounis (akouzounis@yahoo.com)
Supreme Treasurer Cosmos Marandos (marandos@cs.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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