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Hellenic American Academy to Honor George Behrakis and Peter Maroutsos

Heritage Award recipient George Behrakis

The Hellenic American Academy will host its 11th Annual Gala on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare.

The Academy will honor two outstanding Greeks, George D. Behrakis and Peter Maroutsos for their contribution in the preservation and promotion of Hellenic culture.

Heritage Award recipient George D. Behrakis is a Greek-American businessman, medical researcher and philanthropist. After his extensive research in the development of asthma and allergy products he founded two successful companies – Dooner Laboratories and Muro Pharmaceutical.

The Greek-American philanthropist has also founded The Behrakis Foundation, along with his wife Margo Behrakis. His philanthropy extends beyond Hellenic Causes, the Greek Orthodox faith and education, to the areas of healthcare and the arts by contributing to many organizations and establishments.

Service award recipient Peter Maroutsos is a finance and operations executive in the financial services who has been helping preserve Hellenic culture in America.

The Hellenic American Academy is home of the Socrates Day School, a private institution that provides high-quality bilingual education to students from preschool through eighth grade.

The Academy’s mission is to provide an enhanced curriculum to offer young Greek-Americans the opportunity to excel academically on a national level.”

Over a thousand Greek-American children have been educated at the Academy over the last decade, making it the largest Greek-American educational institution in the Midwest.