HANC TELECONFERENCE BRINGS IN $150,000 FOR PROJECT "PAIDEIA" IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND
The President of the Hellenic American National Council Mr. Paul Kotrotsios on behalf of the HANC Board and after a request by the "Paideia" Organization invited everyone to a teleconference on December 28th, 2013, in order to discuss the present and future of the Greek Education in the United States and especially the Paideia Project in Rhode Island under the auspices of Mr. Elias Tomazos in order to help the Greek letters and the Greek culture in the small but great state of Rhode Island.
Members of the Hellenic American National Council and Federation Presidents as well as friends of the Greek letters not only participated in the teleconference but also raised $150,000 a great amount for "Project Rhode Island".
During the one hour teleconference Mr. Kotrotsios explained that HANC is an indispensible tool and supporter of the Greek letters, especially during these tough times for the "Paideia Project in Rhode Island". The Paideia project needs to raise at least 2 million dollars in a short period of time in order to avoid building demolitions and called for all HANC members and friends to contribute based on their finances.
We should also mention that former HANC Vice President and prominent businessman Mr. Theodore Spyropoulos contributed to "Paideia Project Rhode Island" with the amount of $100,000, HANC Vice President Mr. Chris Christakis contributed with the amount of $20,000. Former HANC and Panmesinian Federation President Mr. Chris Tomaras contributed with the amount of $10,000. Mr. Vasilis Matarangas also gave the same amount and last but not least HANC President Mr. Paul Kotrotsios contributed with the amount of $2,000. The rest of HANC Members and supporters will be making their contributions by mid-February for this important project. Mr. Kotrotsios asked for all 32 Federations to be part of this effort and to ask more Greek-Americans for their contributions.
Paideia President Mr. Elias Tomazos explained the nature of the problem and since Mr. Tomazos is well known for his past work and efforts in promoting the Greek letters and education in the United States all the participants promised to help him as much as they can.
In addition, Mr. Tomazos sent out thank you letters to all contributors.
Here is one:
On behalf of the entire board of PAIDEIA as well as on behalf of our future students at our State University of Rhode Island we thank you for your contribution of $100,000 for the creation of a Hellenic Studies Center. This contribution of yours is a continuation of your previous contributions to State Universities of Connecticut and South Alabama. This contribution of yours helps Hellenism maintain its presence at the State University of Rhode Island for the next 500 years. A special thank you from our Hellenic Studies students. We wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year for you and your family.
Director PAIDEIA Study Abroad Programs in Greece Center for Hellenic Studies PAIDEIA Campus of the University of Connecticut
HANC President Mr. Paul Kotrotsios praised PAIDEIA's contributions to the Greek-American community and Hellenism in general and asked everyone to support the "PAIDEIA Project" in Rhode Island by filling out and sending their pledge cards by the end of February.
In conclusion, HANC President Mr. Kotrotsios announced the dates for the next HANC Conference in Washington, DC (Feb 7-9, 2014) at the Capital Hilton Hotel.