Gov. Michael Dukakis to Emcee 83rd AHEPA Convention Grand Banquet in Boston

Prof. Speros Vryonis, Jr. Is Featured Educational Symposium Speaker

WASHINGTON—Former Massachusetts Governor and Democratic Presidential Nominee Michael S. Dukakis will be the Master of Ceremonies for the 83rd Grand Banquet, announced Supreme President Franklin R. Manios. The Grand Banquet takes place Friday, July 22, 2005, 7 pm, during the 83rd Supreme Convention, Boston. It has been 20 years since the AHEPA family held its annual meeting in the “Athens of America.”

“We are thrilled to have Governor Dukakis emcee our banquet,” said Manios. “We have a deep appreciation for his years of public service as well as his contributions to the academic community. He exemplifies the fulfillment of the American Dream.”

During his political career, Dukakis was elected to an unprecedented third, four-year term as governor of Massachusetts and won the nomination for the presidency of the United States in 1988 but was defeated by President George H.W. Bush.

Since June 1991, Dukakis has been a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and visiting professor at the School of Public Policy & Social Research at UCLA.

The Supreme Convention, July 19 to 24, is designed to offer attendees the opportunity to embrace their heritage through educational symposia and social events, featuring live Greek music and dancing. Moreover, the annual meeting presents a wonderful opportunity to discover all that the Greek-American community has achieved in community service, education, civic duty, and philanthropy over the decades.

Other events of interest scheduled include:

*An Educational Symposium featuring Prof. Speros Vryonis, Jr., author of the newly released work The Mechanism of Catastrophe: The Turkish Pogrom of September 6-7, 1955, and the Destruction of the Greek Community of Istanbul sponsored by the Educational Foundation and Penelopean Foundation (July 21, 4pm to 6 pm),

*A Cooley’s Anemia Foundation Donation Presentation to Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago,

*Athletic Awards Luncheon, featuring four Hall of Fame inductions and recognizing excellence among high school, collegiate, and professional athletes (July 20, Noon), and

*A Bone Marrow Registry Drive (July 20 and 21).

“All events are open to the public and we welcome members and non-members alike to participate,” said Executive Director Basil Mossaidis.

AHEPA is proud to have Old Neighborhood Foods (, Boston, as a Platinum Sponsor, and Euclid Financial Group (, Washington, DC, as a Bronze Sponsor of the 83rd Supreme Convention.

The Boston Sheraton is the official convention site. For reservations, contact the hotel directly, 617/236-6000. A discounted room rate of $149 plus tax is available through July 4, 2005.

For more information about the 83rd Supreme Convention, or how to become a sponsor, please contact AHEPA Headquarters, 202/232-6300. For instant information visit

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

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