American Hellenic Institute Honors Exceptional Greek Americans (video)

Phil Angelides receives his award

The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) has hosted its 43rd annual Hellenic Heritage Achievement & National Public Service Awards at the Capitol Hilton in Washington DC, honoring four exceptional Greek Americans.

In this year’s event the AHI chose four individuals for their public service and dedication to Hellenism: Nancy Papaioannou, (president of Atlantic Bank); Isidoros Garifalakis (businessman and philanthropist); Tim Tassopoulos (president and chief operating officer, of Chick-fil-A); and Phil Angelides, (businessman, California state treasurer 1999-2007).

Several distinguished Greek Americans from all over the United States were among the attendees. Larry Michael was  Master of Ceremonies.

President of the AHI Foundation, Constantine Galanis, welcomed the attendees and then introduced Nick Larigakis, AHI president. Larigakis spoke about the history of the organization and current affairs before breaking for dinner. Later, the four Greek Americans who received the awards shared their thoughts on Hellenism and its ideals that inspired them.

After the awards, there was music, dancing and a silent auction.

The American Hellenic Institute, Inc. (AHI) is a non-profit based in Washington, DC and it was founded on August 1, 1974, following Turkey’s invasion of Cyprus. The AHI mission is: “Upholding the rule of law in matters of U.S. foreign policy, particularly in our nation’s dealings with Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey.”