AHEPA to Provide Agricultural, First-Responder Aid to Wildfire Victims of Greece

Contributions of Olive Trees, Fire Trucks Planned for April

Washington, DC.- The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), will donate $240,000 toward the purchase of olive trees and fire trucks to municipalities ravaged by the wildfires of summer 2007 that engulfed Greece, announced Supreme President Ike Gulas following an AHEPA Supreme Lodge meeting held January 3, 2009, in Tarpons Springs, Fla.

We are pleased to provide assistance to the communities still reeling from the devastation caused by the wildfires of nearly a year-and-a-half ago," said Gulas. "The Supreme Lodge believes that by providing aid that will help combat future wildfires, and replenish the land, that we are offering a useful and effective relief response."

The $240,000 contribution, to be presented during the annual AHEPA Family Excursion in April 2009, will complete a successful humanitarian relief effort that also included the delivery of 270 care packages (an estimated $250,000 in goods) in October 2007.

We are grateful to the individuals, AHEPA family chapters, and fellow organizations that contributed to our fund-raising drive and helped us meet our mission," said Gulas. "Moreover, I'm proud many Philhellenes, in addition to Hellenes, met our appeal for relief aid."

(Posting date 30 March 2009)

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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