Washington, DC – The American Hellenic Institute hosted its 43rd annual Hellenic Heritage Achievement & National Public Service Awards dinner this past Saturday. The annual event recognized four individuals this year. Nancy Papaioannou, (President of Atlantic Bank), Isidoros Garifalakis (Businessman and Philanthropist), Tim Tassopoulos (President and Chief Operating Officer, of Chick-fil-A), and Phil Angelides, (Businessman, California State Treasurer 1999-2007) 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, Maria Pearce 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.
Galanis and Laragakis then brought to the podium each guest and presented them with an award recognizing them for their service 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.