NHS NY Region and the Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation Host Renowned Author and Journalist Nicholas Gage
NEW YORK (March 21, 2013) –The National Hellenic Society’s (NHS) mission is to preserve Hellenic heritage in America. The NHS has established a regional network of chapters that are collaborating with regional Hellenic-American organizations to advance common objectives at the local level. The collaboration includes the sponsorship of insightful, relevant and inspiring events centered around Greek heritage and culture that feature distinguished speakers
NHS New York and the Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation, (HACF) a foundation established to celebrate educational and cultural programs, co-sponsored the presentation, A Writer’s Odyssey by renowned author Nicholas Gage. Held in conjunction with the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the lecture was held in the Cathedral Center Ballroom in New York City before a standing room only audience.
NHS Executive Director, Art Dimopoulos introduced NHS Co-Chairs Toula Drakatos, John Metaxas and John Stratakis and thanked HACF founder and Chair, Peter T. Kourides and the HACF Board for the opportunity to collaborate on this and future events that advance the missions of both organizations. Dimopoulos stated, “HACF’s model is compelling, relevant and inspirational demonstrated by the incredible turnout for this memorable event. The message and vision is a shared one that resonates within the Greek American and mainstream community. “
Gage reviewed his fascinating life’s experiences as a journalist, an investigative reporter, foreign correspondent for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, screenwriter and author of the celebrated book Eleni, a tragic account of his mother’s demise during the Greek Civil War and how he used his journalistic skills to find and expose his mother’s murderers. The account of Gage’s internal deliberations and journey to expose the culprits riveted the audience. Gage also provided a fascinating insider’s look into the love story of Aristotle Onassis and Diva Maria Callas as recounted in his book and screenplay, Greek Fire.
The Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, was established to organize and promote high quality and relevant educational and cultural programs, concerts, lectures, exhibits, and similar events for all persons interested in the history, culture and affairs of Greece and its people and the people of Greek ancestry outside of Greece.
The mission of the HACF is to present sessions on the arts (including film, music, art, dance and photography), literature, science, politics, history and other disciplines in order to engage the community to explore and rediscover the importance of Greek contributions. In this way, the HACF will be able to add to the development and appreciation of the extraordinary legacy of Greek culture. For more information visit: http://hacfoundation.org/index.html, or email: info@HACFoundation.org.