Order of AHEPA announced a gift of $1.25 million to its Charitable Foundation, the largest one-time cash gift from a donor in the organization's 95-year history, from the Estate of Nancy P. Horton, announced Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades.
An annual donation will be made in Nancy Horton's name in support of the AHEPA Hospital in Thessaloniki, Greece.
"Words cannot express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Nancy Horton, a tremendous philhellene who was a philanthropist and academic," Supreme President Zachariades said. "Austerity measures have taken a toll on Greece's public health sector where public hospitals' budgets have been slashed and medical supplies recycled. Nancy Horton's generosity will help to address this dire situation."
Nancy Horton, an author and poet, passed away February 18, 2016 at the age of 103. Horton was the daughter of George Horton, who was the former United States Consul General in Athens and Smyrna at the time of the September 1922 Catastrophe. He authored the book, "The Blight of Asia," which was a first-person eyewitness account of the Smyrna Catastrophe.
"Nancy Horton's extraordinary benevolence will be memorialized at the AHEPA Hospital in Thessaloniki," said Nicholas A. Karacostas, chairman, AHEPA Board of Trustees. "It's her selfless charitable giving that will allow AHEPA to continue to meet its public health assistance to Greece; a commitment that AHEPA has maintained for seven decades, starting in the aftermath of World War Two."
Executive Director Basil Mossaidis added, "AHEPA is deeply grateful to Nancy Horton, who appreciated the importance of philanthropy and education and the positive impact AHEPA has had in the community when it comes to meeting these facets of the organization's mission. Her example of donating to our organization is inspiring."
The AHEPA Hospital in Thessaloniki was dedicated in 1951.