American Hellenic Council Honors Metropoulos, Pantelia, Sarbanes at Annual Gala

American Hellenic Council Gala

The American Hellenic Council commemorated the 40th anniversary from its creation at its annual gala on March 22nd, 2014. One of the organization’s main goals is to assist Cyprus in its efforts to gain back the island’s occupied land, a result of the illegal 1974 Turkish invasion.

At the Awards Gala which took place at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, the AHC honored three distinguished individuals of the Greek-American community, private equity financier C. Dean Metropoulos, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD), and Maria Pantelia, creator of the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae at UC Irvine.

The evening included speeches by the three honorees at the sit-down dinner while attendees had the opportunity to enjoy live Greek music after the awards ceremony. Sponsors of the event included Earth friendly Products and Metropoulos & Company.

The American-Hellenic Council is a non-partisan political advocacy organization with the goal to promote democracy, human rights, peace, and stability in Southern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. The organization has a strong emphasis on Greece and Cyprus, by informing the American public and public officials about on-going issues and conflicts in the area and about the threat arising from the economic crisis in Greece.

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Serving Since 1974 
Since its inception, the American Hellenic Council has been the focal point of political activities of Greek Americans in California. The AHC has become an effective and respected political advocacy group whose primary purpose is to educate and inform the U.S. Congress for the protection and promotion of Greek-American interests. During its existence, the American Hellenic Council has supported numerous Hellenic issues and has expressed support for members of Congress that understand and subscribe to our causes.