Chris P. Tomaras Honored at 2013 AHEPA Supreme Convention
The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) held its 91st Supreme Convention in Orlando, Florida, where guests converged from across the United States. The event was held at the Loews Portofino Hotel between August 18-24, 2013, and culminated with the Grand Banquet on Friday August 23, where the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundations' Chairman, Mr. Chris P. Tomaras, was honored.
The AHEPA Grand Banquet is the pinnacle event of the annual AHEPA Supreme Convention. It serves to honor excellence in the community as well as from within the organization. AHEPA Supreme President, Dr. John Grossomanides, presented Mr. Tomaras with the 2013 Academy of Achievement Award in Business. In accepting the award, Mr. Tomaras said “It is a huge and most valuable award because it comes from a huge and most valuable institution, AHEPA. It is the organization which, since 1922, has been the most effective, the most contributive, the most accomplished, the most admired and deeply respected Greek American civic organization in the world. I am truly overwhelmed and humbled by this honor.”
“Mr. Tomaras is a dedicated Hellene who shares AHEPA's commitment to education as the founder and chairman of the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation,” Executive Director Basil N. Mossaidis said. “From his professional achievements, to his love for Hellenic ideals and principles, to his charitable work in the community, AHEPA is thrilled to present Mr. Tomaras with this well-deserved honor. We are proud to count Mr. Tomaras as an Ahepan because he truly fulfills the organization's mission on a daily basis.” He added, “We were all inspired by his eloquent acceptance remarks.”
The audience also received inspirational words from His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Congressman Gus Bilirakis, and His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (via video clip); along with a few laughs from Basile the Comedian, who served as the program's master of ceremonies. In addition, Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus, George Chacalli, and Consul General of Greece in Tampa, Antonios Sgouropoulos, offered remarks.
During the course of the evening, more than $150,000 in grants and donations were announced by AHEPA family entities to worthy causes, including a plan to secure its fifth container filled with medical supplies to be destined for Evangelismos Hospital in Athens, Greece.
The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation salutes the continuing efforts of AHEPA and wishes them success in all of their future endeavors.
Photo: Mr. Chris P. Tomaras & AHEPA Supreme President Dr. John Grossomanides