AHEPA Offers $1 Million to Rebuild Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

Photo: GOA/Dimitrios Panagos

AHEPA donated $1 million to rebuild Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at World Trade Center.

Supreme President George E. Loucas, and Chairman of the Board Nicholas A. Karacostas, who also served as the chairman of AHEPA’s Capital Campaign to rebuild Saint Nicholas, on Friday presented the donation to Archbishop Elpidophoros.

“Since 1922, AHEPA has stood by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America thus creating the ‘Twin Pillars of Hellenism’ in America that we see today,” Loucas said. “We are deeply grateful to the AHEPA family; to our amazing grassroots network of districts, chapters, and dedicated members, all of who made this landmark donation a reality.”

Karacostas added, “We are proud to be the only secular organization to make and fulfill a one-million-dollar donation to this campaign. I echo the sentiments of Supreme President Loucas in conveying our sincere appreciation to all our donors.”

Additionally, Loucas and Karacostas expressed confidence that the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine will be rebuilt and both hope AHEPA’s fulfillment of its pledge will provide the springboard for the additional support the project needs.

The 97th Grand Banquet is the pinnacle event of the 97th Annual Supreme Convention, which took place this week in Chicago, Ill.