The Hellenic Bar Association Foundation hosted its 66th Annual Scholarship Gala honoring Calamos Investments CEO John S. Koudounis and Dr. George Chiampas for their contribution to promoting Hellenism, at the Four Season Hotel in Chicago, November 19. During the evening the organization also awarded its annual scholarships.
The Hellenic Bar Association was founded in 1951, by a group of Greek attorneys as an Illinois Not-For Profit Corporation. The HBA is the largest and oldest Greek-American bar association in Illinois. Most of the early members were born in Greece, came to this country as young immigrants and were educated in colleges and law schools in Chicago, while in most cases, working their way through school. As time went on, first generation Greek American lawyers became more prevalent as members as they were products of an ethnic culture that mandated learning and education. Nowadays, HBA membership is diverse, as members can be found in all strata of the law including: judiciary, government, corporations, small firms, regional firms and international firms. The HBA consists of multi-generational Greek Americans and Philhellenes.
Since 1975, the HBA and HBAF have raised funds through its members and the Greek community to assist students of Greek descent in attending law school. Proceeds from the Annual Gala fund the scholarships awarded.