Chicago, IL.- The Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois and the Hellenic Bar Association Foundation will honor Peter Parthenis, Sr, as Hellene of the Year at their 59th Annual Installation Dinner Dance and Scholarship Ball on October 10. In addition, Endy Zemenides will be honored with a Community Service Award and Helen Alexander will be honored with a Lifetime Service Award.
Parthenis is co-founder and a major contributor to the Foundation of Hellenic Studies which has endowed a chair of Greek Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is Executive Vice President of the National Hellenic Museum; a Board Member of the United Hellenic American Congress and a scholarship sponsor for Hellenic Link – Midwest. He was National President, from 1997 to 1999, of the Scleroderma Foundation and was presented with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2005. He was appointed an Archon of the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and is on the Board of Leadership 100.
Parthenis is the founder and chairman of Grecian Delight Foods, a major supplier of Mediterranean foods in the US. He is also a founder of the company that builds vertical rotisseries and was a key player in introducing Gyros to America.
Zemenides is a partner in the law firm of Acosta Kruse & Zemenides and is the Political Director for Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. He serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Strategy Forum, a Chicago based foreign policy organization, on the Board of the National Coordinated Effort of Hellenes, the Board of the National Hellenic Museum and is the founding president of the Hellenic American Leadership Council. Zemenides serves on the Board of the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois and has organized numerous fundraisers and campaign efforts for many Greek American candidates for public office.
Alexander was chosen for her dedicated service and commitment to Hellenism and Orthodoxy in her personal life and in her roles as Director of Development and fundraising for the United Hellenic American Congress, UHAC National, the National Hellenic Museum, the Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE), the Hellenic American Academy, Hellenicare, International Orthodox Christian Charities and her decades of work with Andrew A. Athens. She has also helped organize programs for the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Archdiocese of America and the Metropolis of Chicago.
The Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday, October 10 at the Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont. In addition to recognizing the honorees, several law students of Hellenic descent will be awarded scholarships and the new officers of the HBA will be installed. The Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois is believed to be the oldest and one of the largest associations of Greek American attorneys in the United States.
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