Greek-Americans Converge in Florida

More than 2,500 to Hellenes to spend a week at Westin Diplomat discussing various issues

The leading association for American citizens of Greek heritage, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), embarks on a week excursion to Hollywood, Florida, July 25 - 30, 2006. Attendees will include members and their families from the United States, Canada, Greece, Cyprus and Australia.

Who: The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association

What: The 84th Annual AHEPA Family Supreme Convention

Why: Members conduct the organization’s business agenda, honor those who have achieved excellence in their respective professional careers and conventioneers share in their common ethnic heritage and cultural background by attending educational, cultural and social events.

When: Tuesday, July 25 to Sunday, July 30, 2006.

Where: Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, 3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, USA

Event Highlights Include:

July 26: Athletic Department Awards Luncheon, honoring inductees into Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame at 12:00.

July 27 - 28: Business Expo, between the United States, Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean, at 12:00.

July 27: Educational Foundation/DOP Symposium, with critically acclaimed Author Hope Christopoulos Mihalap, at 16:00.

July 27: Comedy Show: “Growing up Greek in America,” featuring Basile at 19:00.

July 28: Grand Banquet, honoring Medal of Freedom Recipient Vice Admiral James G. Stavridis, at 19:00.

For More Information: Michael Zachariades, Communications Director,, ext. 204 (Washington, DC) or onsite, 1.954.650.4181 (Hollywood, FL)

(Posting date 27 July 2006)

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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