Congresswoman Grace Meng, honorees Stephen Cherpelis, Nancy Papaioannou, and Philip N. Christopher, and Fr. Nektarios Papazafiropoulos with AHEPA Supreme Lodge and Gus Cherevas Estia-Pindus Chapter 326 members. Photo: GANP/Dimitrios Panagos, Courtesy of AHEPA
GREAT NECK, NY – The Gus Cherevas Estia-Pindus AHEPA Chapter 326 hosted its 85th Anniversary Gala Dinner at Leonard’s Palazzo of Great Neck on December 1. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Stelios Taketzis, radio host of Cosmos FM. To mark this special occasion, the chapter honored three extraordinary members of the community who exemplify three of the pillars on which AHEPA was founded: Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Community Service.
The honorees were Stephen Cherpelis, recipient of the Estia-Pindus Award for Philanthropy; Nancy Papaioannou, recipient of the Presidents Award for Community Service; and Philip N. Christopher, recipient of the Pericles Award for Civic Responsibility and Statesmanship. The evening was a great success thanks in part to all the dignitaries, AHEPA Family members, family, friends, and sponsors. Many members of the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania AHEPA chapters were present.
Some of the dignitaries in attendance were Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Very Reverend Archimandrite Nektarios Papazafiropoulos, Fr. Paul Palesty, Fr. Anastasios Pourakis, AHEPA past Supreme President (PSP) George Horiates, PSP and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Nicholas A. Karacostas, Executive Director Basil Mossaidis, Supreme Vice President Chris Kaitson, Past District 6 Governor Dean Moskos, Daughters of Penelope District 6 Governor Lainie Damaskos-Christou, AHEPA District 6 Governor Petros Ragoussis, as well as many other AHEPA Family Supreme and District Lodge officers. Consul of Greece in New York Dimitrios Papageorgiou also attended the event.
Chapter 326 was also honored by New York State Senators Michael Gianaris and Andrew Gounardes, as well as Congressional candidate Tom Suozzi. The chapter was also presented with a Proclamation by the United States House of Representatives, Congresswoman Grace Meng proclaiming the chapter’s founding date, December 4, 1939, as “Gus Cherevas Estia-Pindus Day.”
In a fitting and well-deserved recognition, two of the chapter’s very own, Andreas C. George and Dean Moskos, were awarded the AHEPA Heroes Medal by Supreme Vice President Chris Kaitson,… AXIOI!
In his remarks, Chapter President Jimmy Papageorgiou said: “As the National Leader in fundraising, we thank and appreciate the support we get to continue our philanthropic and charitable programs, that have maintained the Hellenic Ideals of the Order of AHEPA. Since 2015, we have raised over $400,000 to donate to many different charities and organizations and we have awarded over $65,000 in scholarships. Proceeds from this evening will go towards the chapter’s scholarship fund and fulfill our philanthropic and charitable commitments. We thank everyone who worked to make this evening a memorable success. We thank you for helping us make a difference.”
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