Edison, NJ – “Another step closer to raising a million dollars”, were the words echoed throughout the night. The AHEPA Fifth District Cancer Foundation now in it’s 25th year has created a long legacy of continued support for cancer research. On this evening, they awarded some $40,000 in funding.

Hosted at Pines Manor, the Annual Fall Gala brought together the AHEPA Greek American community and Medical community to award funds in the areas of Triple Negative Breast Cancer research, Lung Cancer Research and Pediatric cancer research.

Chairman of the event George G. Horiates and Mistress of Ceremonies Antoinette Marousis-Zachariades welcomed the guests and hosted the program that had remarks from Daughters of Penelope, Grand Vice President Constance Pilallis and Order of AHEPA Supreme President Phillip Frangos amongst others.

The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Fox Chase Cancer Center and the Weill Medical College of Cornell University/Children’s Blood Foundation each had members of their research teams present for the awards ceremony that were presented by Chairman George G. Horiatis and Andrew C. Zachariades Treasurer.

Fifth District had again proved that their recognition as District of the year last year was a worthy claim. The Fifth District Research Foundation is the largest and arguably the best recognized District project of it’s kind throughout AHEPA. Order of AHEPA President, Phillip Frangos described it as a goal for AHEPANs to build towards. “Districts around the country should set and work towards grand achievements of this sort”. Frangos added, “There are projects all over North America that we can tackle” said Frangos. “They can unite our districts, bring back members into the organization and achieve. It’s a win situation all around for AHEPA, and we should look to District 5 as a shining example”.