The American Hellenic Educational and Progressive Association (AHEPA) will honor publisher and founder of The Pappas Post, Gregory C. Pappas, at their upcoming Supreme Convention in Chicago.
The 97th Supreme Convention is taking place between July 1-6, coincidentally in the city where Pappas spent almost two decades building his business and many of the community endeavors he is a part of today.
The award will be given to him at the convention’s Grand Banquet and Ball on Friday, July 5 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel.
Thousands of AHEPA members, delegates and supporters are expected to attend the dozens of business, social, athletic, cultural and educational events being planned throughout the city.
Pappas is being recognized for his volunteer work in the Greek American community— specifically for his founding and running of The Pappas Post, as well as the non-profit Greek America Foundation.
The Pappas Post began as Pappas’ personal blog and has quickly grown to become one of the most widely-read content providers for Greek-related news and information in English throughout the world.
Pappas writes and publishes more than a hundred articles per month on The Pappas Post, including dozens of articles about Greece’s modern history, which he features on a regular “On This Day” series.
The Greek America Foundation is an organization he founded while living in Chicago that seeks to send young people to Greece for semester-long study abroad, as well as month-long volunteer experiences in Greece.
The organization, through its “Project Hope for Greece,” has also helped thousands of Greeks during the financial crisis with direct financial support of more than a dozen organizations and individuals.
In 2009, the foundation also launched the Gabby Awards, which have become the nation’s eminent awards event that recognizes philanthropy and leadership amongst Greek North Americans.
Another project that Pappas launched was the National Innovation Conference, or NIC— which has grown to be an international gathering of innovators and thinkers who meet every two years to present their ideas at the “TED-like” event.
In addition to his volunteer work in the community, Pappas is the president of PxP Public Relations, a special events and public relations firm based in New York City that manages numerous clients throughout the world.
He is also an award-winning filmmaker and has produced almost a dozen short and documentary films that pertain largely to Greek experiences and stories.
The award will be presented at the Grand Banquet and Ball, where Archbishop Elpidophoros of America will make his first major public appearance following his enthronement as the new Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
AHEPA will also present awards to businessmen Michael Psaros and Philip Christopher from New York, as well as General Ilias Leontaris, chief of the National Guard of Cyprus, who will receive the AHEPA’s Military Medal of Honor.
The complete schedule of events can be downloaded here.
For individual tickets to the Grand Banquet and Ball, you may call AHEPA Headquarters in Washington DC at (202) 232-6300 to reserve your seats. Individual tickets to the banquet cost $150 and tables of ten are sold at $1250.
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