The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) celebrated its 37th Anniversary Hellenic Heritage Achievement And National Public Service Awards over a splendid dinner last Saturday at the Capital Hilton in Washington.
During the event five outstanding Greek-Americans were presented with the awards:
- Kary Antholis, the President of Home Box Office Miniseries, which is responsible for the development and production of entertaining TV series in the worldwide famous HBO channel
- E.J. “Mike” Eliiott, successful industrialist of Cretan descent and chairman of Gencor Industries Inc.
- Representative Niki Tsongas in the Fifth Congressional District of Massachusetts
- Sotirios J. Vahaviolos, PhD, founder, chairman and CEO of MISTRAS Group Inc., who is a well known supporter of environmental security measures applied to major industrial and public works and projects around the world.
- Tom C. Korologos, adviser of the DLA Piper law firm and former US Ambassador to Belgium
The program of the event was presented by the economic editor of the TC channel CBS, Alexis Christoforous, while the awards were presented to the honorees by the President of the American Hellenic Institute Foundation, Spiro Spireas, PhD, and the President and CEO of the American Hellenic Institute, Nick Larigakis, in the presence of the founder of the Institute, Eugene Rossides, and the prominent lawyer and high ranking member of the Board of Directors of the Institute, Nicholas G. Karambelas.
Other prominent figures attending the awards dinner included the Greek Ambassador to the USA, Vassilis Kaskarelis, the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the USA, Paul Anastasiadis, the US coordinator and President of the Council of Hellenes Abroad, Theodoros Spyropoulos, the President of the Hellenic American National Council, Paul Kotrotsios, the Director of the Diplomatic and Historic Archives of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fotini Tomai, and the Professor of the University of Athens, Thanos Veremis.