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San Jose City Hall to Be Lit for Five Nights in Celebration of Greek Independence

SAN JOSE, CA – The City of San Jose California, which represents itself as the Capitol of Silicon Valley, has agreed to illuminate their City Hall for five nights, March 23-28, in commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of Greek Independence. 

This special tribute for the California Greek-American community was championed by and with the support of San Jose City Councilmember Pam Foley who represents the City’s District 9.

“We appreciate this recognition of the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence by City Councilmember Pam Foley,” said AHEPA Silicon Valley Chapter President Bill Christie. “Our local St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox parish community and Greek-Americans statewide truly appreciate the city’s recognition of this the 200th Anniversary of Greek Independence.” 

This was made possible by the combined efforts of the San Jose Chapters of AHEPA and the Daughters of Penelope and the United Hellenic American Societies (UHAS) of California.

The team that worked together to make this happen includes AHEPA District 21 Governor Alex Mallas and local Silicon Valley Chapter President Bill Christie, Daughters of Penelope District Governor Linda Belba, and local Daphne Chapter #29 President Laurie Sahines. 

“It was truly an example of how good people working together can accomplish great things,” said UHAS President Taso Zografos. “I look forward to working together with members of the AHEPA, the Daughters of Penelope and other California Hellenic organizations on future events to promote, preserve, and protect Greek culture, heritage, and traditions.

About UHAS

UHAS represents the Greek American community in California. UHAS is a non-profit entity that was first established in 1954 to promote, preserve, and protect Greek culture, heritage, and tradition through strong community relations. UHAS serves as the lead organization for coordinating the annual Epiphany Blessing of the Waters, Greek Independence Day, and OXI Day events.

More information is available online: https://uhasca.org.


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