Last night, the National Hellenic Society, along with the Washington OXI Day Foundation, hosted a reception in honor of Greek Independence Day at the Almas Shriners Building in Washington, DC. NHS Members and many other prominent Greek Americans were present on this momentous occasion.
NHS Executive Director Art Dimopoulos presented many of the programs that the National Hellenic Society has been working on, including promoting feature film Cliffs of Freedom. Additional speakers included Her Excellency Alexandra Papadopoulou, Ambassador of Greece to the United States, Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Jimmy Kokotas, Supreme President of the Order of AHEPA, and Diane Kochilas, renowned chef and host of My Greek Table.
The highlight of the evening was a presentation by Ioannis Lefas on Who Owns History, Elgin's Loot and the Case for Returning Plundered Treasure by Geoffrey Robertson. The book, which was available free of charge for all members present, examines the contemporary problem of the return of cultural property taken from its country of creation in the case of the Parthenon Marbles.
The NHS is thankful for all members of our parea who were able to attend!
Last night, over 40 attendees came to Psomi Restaurant in Tampa for a joint National Hellenic Society & Leadership 100 reception. Rising star Chef Christina Theofilos spoke of her family’s Greek traditions, especially her mom’s culinary influence. NHS Chair Drake Behrakis welcomed guests and discussed the transformational Heritage Greece program. L100 chair and NHS board member, Jim Logothetis, remarked about collaborative efforts between organizations to better serve the next generation.
Special guest, Diane Kochilas, spoke of her program, My Greek Table, and an upcoming season focused on the Greek American story.
On March 22, members of The National Hellenic Society along with their friends and family enjoyed a reception at the upscale, beautiful Avra Restaurant in Beverly Hills with former University of Southern California President Max Nikias.
Nikias spoke about leadership as inspired by the ancient philosopher: Xenophon. It was a truly fascinating discussion that gave NHS members a different perspective on leadership and engaged them in a fun conversation. Max Nikias will also join us at our most memorable event of the year, The National Hellenic Society's Heritage Weekend and Classic, which will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada October 5th - 8th.
The NHS thanks owner of Avra, Nick Tsoulos, for his great hospitality, delicious food and wonderful "parea."
The NHS is committed to continuing the planning of successful events in all our members' regions and furthering our mission to create a lasting network of Greek Americans and preserve our heritage.
NHS Starts New Initiative
The NHS has started a new initiative featuring industry experts on a variety of topics. Our first interview was with John Gumas, President and C.E.O. of award-winning company, GUMAS Advertising. In the article, Gumas talks about current advertising trends and strategies, explains common mistakes companies make and discusses the future of advertising
NHS Heritage Greece Alumni gathered together at the YAL Chicago Conference for a weekend of faith and fellowship. The conference took place on President's Day Weekend in Chicago, Illinois. The conference inspired and empowered students and their fellow peers to connect with Christ and his Church. They also shared their experiences from Heritage Greece, a two-week life-changing journey where students learn about their culture, heritage, roots and language.
The National Hellenic Society is proud to announce that the John Aniston Heritage Greece Memorial Scholarship Award has been established for Greek American college students sharing and immersive cultural and educational experience with students from the American College of Greece in Athens, and American College of Thessaloniki at Anatolia College.
This scholarship has been set up in memory of our dear friend and founding member John Aniston, who will be remembered by the National Hellenic Society for his kindness, heart, incredible sense of humor, and his love of his heritage. John was the recipient of our 2017 Ariston Award for Excellence and a strong supporter of our mission.
To make a donation to the John Aniston Heritage Greece Memorial Scholarship Award, please visit the link below.
NHS Celebrates OXI Day With Casino Night Fundraiser for Heritage Greece Program
On October 28th 1940, Greek prime minister Ioannis Metaxas said: “OXI” (NO) to an ultimatum made by Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini, which then led to the Greco-Italian War. Oxi Day represents Greeks' resilience, passion, dedication, and will to live freely, to honor their ancestors' sacrifices and preserve their culture.
On Oxi Day 2022, over 130 members of the Greek-American community gathered at Woodside Country Club, in Syosset, NY for a poker fundraiser, a rich dinner and drinks and a celebration of our Hellenic Heritage. The evening was hosted by the NHS New York Heritage Greece Initiative and the NHS NY Chapter Committee and Sponsors.
The National Hellenic Society (NHS) continues a series of successful events with its annual Heritage Weekend, which took place October 6th - 9th, 2022 at the Waldorf Astoria, Monarch Beach Resort & Club in Dana Point, California.
Attendees describe the event as: “One of a kind. The best Greek event.”
NHS Chicago Celebrates Grand Reopening of the National Hellenic Museum and 2022 Gala
NHS Creates Opportunities | A Collaboration of the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation with the Heritage Greece Program
Starting next year, The National Hellenic Society will collaborate with the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit organization honoring exceptional undergraduate students of Hellenic descent and supporting their efforts with significant monetary awards based on academic merit and financial need.