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Members of the National Hellenic Society from all over the United States traveled to New York City to attend the 2023 American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) Gala. The annual gala supports the ASCSA's mission of preserving, promoting, and protecting all aspects of Greek culture from antiquity to the present.
After the Gala, the NHS hosted an after party at Kellari New York, with music by Mylos and plenty of parea! Thank you to everybody who came out to support both the NHS and ASCSA!
Heritage Greece Alumni along with NHS young professionals marched proudly on 5th Avenue with the Cliffs of Freedom banner advertising a movie that celebrates our freedom and culture. Despite acute weather conditions, thousands of people were in attendance cheering the marchers.
Cliffs of Freedom features an unforgettable performance by Academy Award-winning actor, the late Christopher Plummer. Also starring are Emmy Award-winning actress, Patti LuPone, Screen Actors Guild Award-Winning actor, Billy Zane, Tania Raymonde, Jan Uddin, Raza Jaffrey and an all-star supporting cast.
The NHS had a blast at the 2023 Independence Day Parade in Philly!
Thousands of people were in attendance celebrating our freedom and culture. Heritage Greece alumni marched with a banner advertising Cliffs of Freedom, an epic film inspired by historical events set at the dawn of Greece's War for Independence in 1821.
The film features an unforgettable performance by Academy Award-winning actor, the late Christopher Plummer. Also starring are Emmy Award-winning actress, Patti LuPone, Screen Actors Guild Award-Winning actor, Billy Zane, Tania Raymonde, Jan Uddin, Raza Jaffrey and an all-star supporting cast.
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.
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.