And they’re off! Every year, the National Hellenic Society sponsors Greek American college students on a two-week educational and cultural immersion experience at the American College of Greece to discover their heritage and culture through the Heritage Greece Program. This year, we are proud to sponsor 65 participants, joined by 13 peer students from ACG.
Meeting in Washington, DC before heading to Greece tonight, the group visited the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, where they heard from several classicist and fellows, and the Greek Embassy where His Excellency Ambassador Lalacos and his diplomatic corps welcomed the participants and provided an overview of Greece’s challenges. They then visited Capitol Hill, where they met with Congressman John Sarbanes, Senator Chris Van Hollen, and the staffs of Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Congressman Charlie Crist, and Congresswoman Dina Titus! This is just the beginning of a life-long commitment to these Greek American ambassadors of Hellenic heritage!
Safe travels and καλό ταξίδι παιδιά!
The NHS hosted their annual networking luncheon at Piero's Italian Cuisine for Greek American real estate professionals at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). It is an ICSC highlight where NHS members and other real estate professionals network and foster business opportunities. Attendees also heard an insider's discussion on the industry status and outlook from John Chang, Vice-President of Research at Marcus & Millichap, as well as their in-depth reports
NHS Boston co-hosted with the New England region of Hellenic American Woman's Council (HAWC) on the topic of Greek wines and spirits. The inaugural presenter and speaker was Effie Panagopoulos, who was the first Greek woman in history to self-start a liquor brand. With KLEOS Mastiha spirit, she has created Greece's first luxury spirit brand, with her eyes set on creating the "new" Metaxa, and having a bottle of KLEOS on every bar. Effie spoke about her upbringing, experience in the Greek spirits industry and the reason why she decided to try this venture on her own.
NHS Chairman Drake G. Behrakis donated a museum travel kit from the Museum of Cycladic Art to Stratos Efthymiou, Greek Consulate General in Boston. The kit covers the subject of Cycladic culture and contains audiovisual and printed materials, as well as copies of representative works from the Museum of Cycladic Art collection. This includes marble vessels and figurines. It enables young children to get hands-on acquainted with the Cycladic civilization, as well as for archaeology college majors to expand their understanding and research efforts.
The National Hellenic Museum (NHM) hosted its spectacular 2018 Gala on Saturday, May 12th in the magnificent Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. This year’s Gala, themed “Connecting Generations,” celebrated bringing the whole family and community coming together, as well as the diverse stories of the Greek American experience that the NHM collects, preserves, and shares every day of the year. The money funded from the Gala will be utilized to preserving Hellenic legacy in America, primarily with their oral history collection. Over 500 Greek Americans gathered with their friends and family to celebrate their heritage and give to the Museum in the spirit of philanthropy.
Emmy Award-winning entertainment reporter and critic Dean Richards served as Master of Ceremonies. NHM Board Chairman John P. Calamos, Sr. and NHM President Dr. Laura Calamos spoke about how the Museum inspires and educates many generations of Americans through the NHM’s exhibits, classes, and programs, as well as through their vast collection of oral history testimonies of the Greek American story. This year’s event also featured both silent and live auctions to benefit the NHM and its educational mission, raising over $800,000! After dinner, Chicago’s local favorite Chris Sarlas Orchestra featuring George Dimas and Voula Karahaliou and The Levendes featuring Nikos Kourtras were the entertainment for the evening and brought the crowd to their feet as the gala audience danced into the night.
Another great NHS Board of Director’s meeting hosted at the National Hellenic Museum during their gala weekend! Luncheon followed with Heritage Greece alumna, Lexy Prodromos, as our guest speaker. She is the Executive Director of Chicago Blockchain Project. Bravo, Lexy!
Seasoned journalist, NHS member and educator John Metaxas offered an informative presentation followed by a lively discussion May 9, 2018 at Ousia in New York City. Metaxas discussed the evolution of the news industry with major news outlets now part of large conglomerates, as well as how a concentration on profits has resulted in substantial changes in news dynamics. In addition to addressing today's news climate with “fake news” and how news reporters have even lower approval ratings than congress, he also shared a glimpse into his diverse career.
Another great luncheon in New York City is in the books! On Thursday, April 19th, NHS New York welcomed Museum of Science, Boston President and Director, Dr. Ioannis N. Miaoulis.
Dr. Miaoulis' presentation focused on the Museum of Science's proposal to transform elementary school science education in Greece. This change will pave the way for a long-term vision to create economic prosperity in Greece. Dr. Miaoulis reviewed success stories of time tested, best-in-class engineering curriculum and teaching practices that yield substantial results. For more information on the curriculum, please visit www.eie.org.
Following the White House salute in honor of Greek Independence Day, the NHS hosted their second annual after-party reception for members, guests, and VIPs to honor Greece’s 186 years of freedom from the Ottoman Empire. Several Greek American organizations, Greek and Cypriot Embassy representatives, and politicians, as well as Greek artists Kalomoira, Thanos Petrelis, and Vassy, were in attendance. It was a night to remember. Ζήτω Ελλάδα – long live Greece!
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Celebrity chef and author Diane Kochilas is back for a special NHS tour to celebrate her PBS 13-part series, My Greek Table. The series is also co-sponsored by the National Hellenic Society.
Diane was the featured guest at four NHS chapter-hosted events along with NHS Executive Director Art Dimopoulos in Boston, MA at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston hosted by NHS Chairman Drake Behrakis; Philadelphia, PA at Estia Restaurant hosted by Estia’s Stacy Pashalis and NHS member John Vasiliou; New York, NY, hosted by Kellari Taverna; and Washington, DC, hosted by Kellari Taverna DC. Diane talked about her My Greek Table journey, and guests also got to watch clips from the series while sampling wine and cheese!
My Greek Table is now available to watch online at http://www.pbs.org/show/my-greek-table/. Enjoy!