The AHEPA Family Mourns the Passing of Executive Director Helen G. Pappas

Helen G. Pappas, Executive Director for some twenty five years of the Daughters of Penelope, an international philanthropic women's group with headquarters in Washington, D. C., passed away Sunday in
the George Washington University Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Ms. Pappas became synonymous with the organization which she loved and for which she had worked first as a member and officer on every level of the organization and then as Executive Director where all matters of management were her responsibility.

“We deeply mourn the loss of Helen Pappas as 'sister' to thousands and friend to countless members of our sisterhood. Her passing marks the end of an era of gentility and kindness which were the hall marks of her office.”remarked Mary Boufis Filou, Ph.D., Grand President. “The love she felt for this organization and for many of us was returned in kind. Expressions of true grief and condolences have come from every part of the United States, Greece and Canada.”

Supreme President Gus J. James, II said, "Helen Pappas will be sorly missed by all of us in the AHEPA family. She was a dedicated employee and I know how much our AHEPA staff enjoyed working with her on daily basis in Washington. Helen was loved by all."

Ms. Pappas will be laid to rest Thursday, December 8. Funeral services were held at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Annapolis, Md.

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Established in 1929, The Daughters of Penelope is the women’s organization of the AHEPA Family (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) with Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; and is a leader in philanthropic, educational and cultural activities with over 350 chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece and Cyprus, and Australia. Each chapter of the Daughters of Penelope makes a difference in its community by devoting countless hours to volunteer work in hospitals, retirement homes, women’s centers and daycare centers; and by organizing educational seminars, helping the less fortunate, supporting their local church and making monetary contributions to local charities and scholarship funds.

For more information about the Daughters of Penelope, contact headquarters in Washington, DC:

1909 Q Street, N.W. , Suite 500
Washington, DC 20009, USA
T.: 202.232.6300
F.: 202.232.2140


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