Greek-Americans to
Honor Two of Their Own 
Retiring from Congress

Gala Affair to Recognize Sen. Sarbanes, Rep. Bilirakis for Decades of Public Service

WASHINGTON-The nation's largest and oldest association of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes will honor retiring Members of Congress Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (D-MD) and Rep. Michael Bilirakis (R-9-FL) at its 37th Biennial Salute Banquet, Friday, March 10, 2006, 7 p.m. at the Washington Hilton. George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC News' This Week, will be Master of Ceremonies. The Keynote Speaker will be Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios has also agreed to be on the speaking program. An international audience of 800 persons is expected.

Who: The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA)

What: Gala affair in honor of retiring Members of Congress Sen. Paul Sarbanes and Rep. Michael Bilirakis.

When: 7 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2006

Where: The Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC

For More Information: Andrew Kaffes, AHEPA public relations director, 202.441.5099 or

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

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

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