Washington, DC – The American Hellenic Institute hosted its 44th Annual Hellenic Heritage Achievement & National Public Service Awards dinner this past Saturday. The annual event recognized four individuals this year.

Ambassador Patrick N. Theros, (Diplomat & Public Servant), Eleni D. Bousis, (Philanthropist), Spiro Spireas, Ph.D., (Scientist & Entrepreneur), and Nicholas E. Chimicles, (Renowned Attorney & Legal Scholar) were each awarded and recognized for their public service and dedication to Hellenism.

The evening was hosted at the Capitol Hilton in Washington DC once again, where Greek-Americans from around the country attended. Larry Michael (executive producer of Media for the Washington Redskins), kicked off the evening as Master of Ceremonies. Following the presentation of colors, Georgios Theodoridis of St. Sophia Cathedral in Washington, DC sang both the national anthems of Greece and the United States. President of the American Hellenic Institute Foundation Constantine Galanis welcomed the attendees and then introduced Nick Larigakis, the President of the American Hellenic Institute. Laragakis spoke about the history of the organization and current affairs before breaking for dinner.

Larry Michael then introduced each award recipient following a short video biography. Laragakis and Galanis then presented the guests with an award recognizing them for their service, achievement, and dedication to Hellenism. Each speaker shared their thoughts on Hellenism and its ideals that inspired them. The evening concluded with music, dancing and silent auction.