Members and friends of the Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia will gather in center city on Saturday, February 7th for the 75th annual gala – to benefit the club’s scholarship fund. The gala will take place at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel at Second and Walnut streets.

The Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia is a nonprofit cultural organization, and the annual gala is the club’s main scholarship fundraising event.

This year’s honoree for the HUC achievement award is Diane Kochilas, host of Ti tha fame simera, mama? That airs on the Alpha Channel in Greece and on the Sigma Channel in Cyprus. Diane is a Greek-American from Astoria, New York. She is a world-class chef – consulting at Molyvos Restaurant in New York City – and the author of 18 cookbooks about mediterranean Greek cuisine. Her latest book is titled, Ikaria: lessons on food, life, and longevity from the Greek island where people forget to die.

Diane Kochilas has done much to preserve Greek heritage by writing about the foods of Greece, the regional specialties, and the cultural customs and religious celebrations where food plays an important role – from ancient to modern times.

The Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia is an organization of Greek-American professionals, founded in 1936. Next year the club will celebrate its 80th anniversary. The HUC scholarship program is the largest such program among Greek-American organizations in the Philadelphia region. This year they are proud to be awarding $40,000 to 15 undergraduate and graduate university students of Greek descent. The scholarship program will benefit directly from the gala, receiving all proceeds.

For more information and to make a reservation to attend the gala, contact gala chair Katerina Dimitriadis at 610-203-2747.