AHEPA Mobilizes to Provide
Financial Assistance to 
Victims of Hurricane Katrina

WASHINGTON--The supreme president of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), Gus J. James, II, is urging AHEPA family members, chapters, and districts to donate to the AHEPA Emergency Relief Effort in order to provide immediate assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina. All checks 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.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this catastrophic event and their families,” James said. “In the Hellenic spirit of philanthropy, civic responsibility and good citizenry, I encourage members of our entire AHEPA family to make contributions to assist our fellow citizens affected by one of the worst natural disasters to hit our country.”

James has appointed Supreme Treasurer Cosmos E. Marandos and Supreme Governors K. Gus Hazifotis and Anthony Kouzounis as tri-chairs of the AHEPA Emergency Relief Effort. They will oversee and coordinate the donation drive.

Hurricane Katrina pounded the Gulf Coast with devastating force winds causing extensive damage and destruction to areas of Louisiana and Mississippi. In Alabama’s Gulf Coast county of Mobile, which was also heavily battered by the hurricane, the AHEPA family maintains 10 senior citizen housing complexes and the Penelope House, the first shelter for battered women and their children in the state.

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/contents.html.

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