Chicago, Illinois – When it comes to community affairs and preservation of the Hellenic Heritage, no one does it better than the Greek American Restaurant Association’s (G.A.R.A.) kind generosity.
G.A.R.A.’s President, Mr. Thomas C. Diamond presented $100,000 to Constantine Tzanos (President of the foundation) and George Alexopoulos (Secretary-Treasurer) towards the completion of the Greek Studies Program at the University of Illinois in Chicago. “We can preserve our heritage through continuous education and the Greek Studies Program is one vital vehicle to preserve Hellenism” noted Mr. Diamond.
The University of Illinois will have a new program available to all students: Greek Studies. In order to commence the program, $800,000 in contributions has been made. The courses will be taught in Greek for those fluent in the Greek language, and English for the non-Greeks.
Mr. Tzanos and Mr. Alexopoulos initiated the effort in April, 1999. The foundation will create a committee that will review the progress of the program annually and make necessary recommendations for improvements.