For Immediate Release
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Contact: AHEPA Headquarters
Phone: (202) 232-6300
AHEPA's Campaign to Address Hunger in Greece Makes $20,000 Donation;
Will Feed 1,000 Families this Holiday Season
To Date, more than $90,000 Donated by AHEPA Family to Help People of Greece
WASHINGTON - The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading membership-based association for the nation’s millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, donated $20,000 to Apostoli Mission, an Athens food bank charity under the direction of the Church of Greece, on December 3, 2012 as part of its ongoing humanitarian campaign to feed people of need in Greece, announced Supreme President Dr. John Grossomanides.
"The need is great all-year around, but is especially felt during the holidays," said Dr. Grossomanides. "We encourage any efforts that can go toward helping the people of Greece -- every bit helps. Please consider making a contribution today."
AHEPA District 25 (Hellas) Governor Nick Papadopoulos presented AHEPA’s $20,000 installment for November and December 2012 to Costas Dimtsas, executive director, Apostoli Mission, in Athens, Greece.
Each $10,000 donation prepares about 500 food package kits. Each food kit contains dry food and goods that will last a family of four about 20 days. Some food packages are tailored specifically for a family’s needs. For example, a food package may contain powdered baby formula and diapers for a family with babies.
Since April 2012, the AHEPA family (AHEPA and Daughters of Penelope) has donated $93,500 toward this humanitarian campaign, which included a $5,000 October 2012 donation to help secure a shipping container filled with more than $650,000 worth of medical and surgical supplies by the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).
To date, the AHEPA family has raised more than $150,000 for humanitarian aid for the people of Greece.
AHEPA is the largest Greek-American association in the world with chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, Cyprus, and sister chapters in Australia and New Zealand. It was established in 1922 by visionary Greek Americans to protect Hellenes from prejudice originating from the KKK, and in its history, AHEPA joined with the NAACP and B'nai B'rith International to fight discrimination.
The mission of the AHEPA family is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of education, philanthropy, civic responsibility and family and individual excellence through community service and volunteerism.
For more information about the AHEPA family, or how to join, please contact AHEPA Headquarters, (202) 232-6300, or visitwww.ahepa.org. To learn more about the AHEPA National Educational Foundation, please visit www.ahepa.org/education.