Washington, D.C. – The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association congratulated President Barack Obama on his historic inauguration in a letter sent to The White House on January 21, 2009, announced Supreme President Ike Gulas.
“Your election to the presidency is an affirmation that the American Dream is alive and well,” wrote Gulas, who attended the swearing-in ceremony
The letter highlighted AHEPA’s commitment to civic responsibility and raised key issues that the American Hellenic community looks forward to working on with the new administration.
AHEPA welcomed its members and community leaders from across the country who came to Washington for inaugural events at a reception held Monday, January 19, 2009, at the National Press Club. Supreme President Gulas, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, His Excellency Alexandros Mallias, ambassador of Greece to the U.S., and His Excellency Andreas Kakouris, ambassador of Cyprus to the U.S., and congressional staff attended and offered remarks. Gulas reflected on the reception’s theme “Celebrate the American Dream” and President Obama’s call to “National Service” on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and their meaning to the Hellenic-American community.
Monday evening, Supreme President Gulas, Supreme Vice President Nicholas A. Karacostas, and Executive Director Basil Mossaidis attended a pre-inaugural dinner hosted by Archbishop Demetrios.