51 Greek-American Families Identified for Assistance
New Orleans.- The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), the largest and oldest association of Greek-Americans and Philhellenes, has identified 51 Greek-American families in New Orleans and the surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Katrina and provided each family with financial assistance, announced Supreme President Gus J. James, II.
“We are pleased to do our part to provide financial assistance, however modest, to families who have been adversely affected by this natural disaster,” James said. “I’d like to thank every individual, chapter, district and entity that contributed to this humanitarian relief effort.”
“Moreover, I commend our Tri-Chairmen, Supreme Governors Kostas Hazifotis and Anthony Kouzounis, and Supreme Treasurer Cosmos Marandos for organizing our international relief drive.”
Kouzounis, accompanied by Past Supreme Governor James Petheriotes, met with New Orleans community leaders, including Chapter 133 President Nick Moustoukas, M.D., John Georges, Holy Trinity Parish Council President, and New Orleans City Councilwoman, Cynthia Morrell to express concern on December 9, 2005. They also received a tour of New Orleans. Financial aid disbursements have been ongoing throughout December.
“I’m really proud of how quickly and effectively the AHEPA family responded to this crisis and made our humanitarian relief efforts a success,” said James. “It is a testament to our resolve and our Hellenic ideals.”
The complete results of the fundraising efforts of the AHEPA family and its various entities will be announced shortly after the New Year.
The mission of AHEPA is to promote the ideals of Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence.