November was a busy month for celebrity chef and author Diane Kochilas following the October launch of 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 Salt Lake City, UT, hosted by member John Saltas, in Seattle, WA, hosted by co-chair Elizabeth Grillos, in San Diego, CA, hosted by co-chair Gerry Ranglas, and concluded in Los Angeles, CA, hosted by member Thelma Nickols Waxman. Guests were treated to Diane's wealth of Greek cooking historical tips along with a Greek cheese tasting and wine from the Padis Vineyards in Seattle and Los Angeles.
NHS New York kicked off their fall luncheon series featuring renowned artist, George Negroponte. He has been reviewed by every major art periodical including The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, The New Yorker, ARTnews and The New Criterion. Negroponte is also a featured art professor with decades of experience at The Studio School, Parsons School of Design, The School of Visual Arts, and Princeton University. It was a memorable get together at Trattoria Il Mulino! Check out more pictures after the jump!
The Hellenic American Women’s Council (HAWC) held their Annual Conference from November 3-4, 2017 in Boston. The topic of the conference was “Facets of Entrepreneurship: Creativity and Courage to Commit, highlighting panelists Andrew Demakes, Giorgos Zacharia, and Noel Giglio. In addition to working for Philips Healthcare, Noel serves as National Co-Chair of the NHS’ Heritage Greece Alumni Network. For more information about HAWC, please click here!
From October 25-27, the Washington Oxi Day Foundation honored the #OXIcourage of WWII Veterans and modern day Davids vs. Goliath for freedom and democracy. This year, award recipients included Bruce Mosler, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Ji Seong-Ho. Click here to read more about the Washington Oxi Day Foundation and here to learn more about the story of Oxi Day!
The National Hellenic Society's (NHS) Heritage Weekend and Classic returned to Las Vegas at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas October 5-8, 2017 for a weekend of inspiring activities, programs, and entertainment. The weekend attracted over 350 prominent Greek American NHS members and guests. The Greek Reporter summed up the weekend in a great article!
Every year, the National Hellenic Society honors various Greek Americans who have contributed to the community during the Saturday night gala at Heritage Weekend & Classic. This year’s honoree was NHS co-founder and chairman emeritus, George M. Marcus. He was presented with the inaugural George M. Marcus Award of Excellence, heretofore honoring exceptional individuals who have demonstrating long-held Hellenic values and ideals as embodied by the namesake of the award. Marcus and his wife, Judy, are active philanthropists, to which their largess have benefited countless faith-based, civic, cultural, and Hellenic organizations. Axios!
The NHS welcomes Drake Behrakis as its new chairman. During the weekend’s corporate governance sessions, George Marcus passed the baton of leadership of the NHS as chairman of the board of directors to Drake Behrakis, and to Mike Galanakis as vice-chairman. Drake is President & CEO of Marwick Associates, a real estate investment and development company located in Lexington, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Marwick, Behrakis held various positions at Muro Pharmaceutical and the Gillette Company. He has been very involved in the NHS on the board, as a Boston chapter co-chair, and in various committees. Axios!
“You are very much in the here and now. Just take your next footstep to the best of your ability. My commitment is to be the best that I can be.” ~ Dean Karnazes
I think we’re born to run,” said Dean Karnazes to the Sacramento NHS guests on September 7, 2017 about the Greeks. The ultramarathoner shared that he never sits down. He performs several 10 to 12-minute sets of very high intensity exercise throughout the day in addition to running. He’s also conditioned his entire body and never had an overuse injury.
Karnazes made the trip from the SF Bay Area to Sacramento before heading to Greece to launch the Greek translation of his latest book, The Road to Sparta, as well as celebrate the fifth anniversary of the award-winning Navarino Challenge (Official Host/Ambassador), run the fabled Spartathlon, and cool down in the Santorini Experience.