AHEPA Fulfills $1 Million Commitment to Rebuild Saint Nicholas

Supreme President Loucas (right) and Chairman of the Board Karacostas, PSP (left), present Archbishop Elpidophoros with the fulfillment of AHEPA's $1 million donation to help rebuild St. Nicholas. Photo credit: GOA/Dimitrios S Panagos

CHICAGO – AHEPA fulfilled its $1 million donation to rebuild Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at World Trade Center with a presentation of the remaining pledge balance to His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America at the 97th Grand Banquet, July 5, 2019, announced Supreme President George E. Loucas and Chairman of the Board Nicholas A. Karacostas.

Supreme President Loucas, and Chairman of the Board Karacostas, who also served as the chairman of AHEPA’s Capital Campaign to rebuild Saint Nicholas, presented the donation to Archbishop Elpidophoros.

“Since 1922, AHEPA has stood by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America thus creating the ‘Twin Pillars of Hellenism’ in America that we see today,” Loucas said. “We are deeply grateful to the AHEPA family; to our amazing grassroots network of districts, chapters, and dedicated members, all of who made this landmark donation a reality.”

Karacostas added, “We are proud to be the only secular organization to make and fulfill a one-million-dollar donation to this campaign. I echo the sentiments of Supreme President Loucas in convey our sincere appreciation to all our donors.”

Additionally, Loucas and Karacostas expressed confidence Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine will be rebuilt and both hope AHEPA’s fulfillment of its pledge will provide the springboard for the additional support the project needs.

The 97th Grand Banquet is the pinnacle event of the 97th Annual Supreme Convention, which took place this week in Chicago, Ill.


  1. Hmm…timewise and otherwise it all seems just too peculiarly odd that AHEPA is now finally making good on its $1Million pledge for rebuilding St.Nicholas WTC/NYC.
    Very “fishy” especially now that Demetrios is out of the picture and Elpidophoros is smiling like a Cheshire Cat ( notice the horns coming out of the head of Supreme President Loucas)!
    I’m sure now, suddenly, more money will be( hopefully) forthcoming, despite the politics, and Elpidophoros can continue to smile with every future photo-op.
    Only $39 million dollars more to go!

  2. This was just a stunt and a deception. The million dollars represents a cumulative series of contributions and was timed to brown nose the New Turk in New York, as if it mattered.

    The Robes’s next move, as scripted by the billionaire boys club, will be to pressure Gov Andrew Cuomo into spending NY State funds to finish the St Nicholas Shrine to World Hellenism. It’s an election year, so Cuomo will cave, especially when the Vicar General makes more promises to deliver votes and money that he can’t do. Maybe AHEPA will look at getting their million back, huh?

    The only groups that hold their annual conventions over US Independence Day are the moribund ones and broke ones (cheap hotel rates), like AHEPA and Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Greece. Both are so yesterday, dated, and worn out.

    Yawn. What’s next?

  3. It would be an innovative and magnanimous step towards Orthodox unity in the U.S. if his Eminence and the GOA could somehow specify that the Shrine is Pan-Orthodox.— A true example of Christian harmony at what could be considered one of the most sacred sites in North America.

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