More than 400 Greeks, Greek-Americans and philhellenes gathered at the American Hellenic Council’s 44th annual gala to honor three distinguished individuals who have championed Hellenic ideals throughout their careers, in Los Angeles, CA, on Saturday, March 31.
Earth Friendly Products President and CEO, Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks was awarded the “Aristeion for Excellence” highlighting her leadership role at one of the most eco-friendly companies in the USA.
World-renowned archaeologist, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Professor of Classics, and Director of the Athenian Agora, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Professor John Kemp, received the Theodore Salutos Award.
Breaking the organization’s protocol, the American Hellenic Council honored for the second time with a lifetime achievement award one of its co-founders, Aris Anagnos – a Real Estate Developer, political activist, philanthropist and a WWII veteran who fought with the Greek forces against the Axis forces.
Following the dinner and award ceremony the Takis Kokotas Band entertained the guests with authentic Greek music.
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The American Hellenic Council is a non-partisan political advocacy organization that aims to promote democracy, human rights, peace, and stability in Southern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, with an emphasis on Greece and Cyprus. The group also informs 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.
The Council 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.
Since its inception, it has been the focal point of political activities of Greek Americans in California.