Supreme President Carl Hollister visited Houston to survey the flood damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, September 2, and presented AHEPA's initial $15,000 donation toward local relief efforts. He visited with four families whose homes suffered severe flood damage and lent assistance and moral support. Many more families have suffered the same, if not worse, fate. After surveying the damage, Hollister set a goal of raising $100,000 by month's end.
"Many families have lost their homes, their vehicles, and irreplaceable personal items," Hollister said. "The $15,000 donation is a down payment. More aid will come."
“The loss is devastating and, in some cases, unimaginable," Past Supreme President Anthony Kouzounis, a Houston native who accompanied Hollister on the visit, said. "We are touched by the outpouring of love and generosity from AHEPA and DOP chapters across the country."
Supreme President Hollister also thanked members of the community for helping with the massive amount of clean-up and recovery efforts in Harvey's wake. Along with Kouzounis, Brothers Yannis Remediakis and Doug Harris also accompanied Hollister.
To raise $100,000 by October 1, 2017.
Supreme President Hollister and Daughters of Penelope Grand President Eva Jean Fomalont are requesting each chapter to donate $250. The donation is tax-deductible.
Made payable to: AHEPA Charitable Foundation. Earmarked: Hurricane Harvey
Send to: AHEPA Headquarters, 1909 Q Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20009 (or donate online)
Individuals wishing to donate funds or Home Depot/Lowes or other gift cards must send it to: AHEPA Chapter 29, c/o Anthony Kouzounis, 3736 Lake Street, Houston, TX 77098
AHEPA Chapter 29, Houston, will be our point-of-contact. Past Supreme President Anthony Kouzounis, Houston, will oversee the relief effort, with assistance from Supreme Governor Nick Dixie and District 16 Governor Emmanuel Kaitson, to assess where best to distribute the aid.
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Founded in 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia, on the principles that undergirded its fight for civil rights and against discrimination, bigotry, and hatred felt at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan, AHEPA is the largest and oldest grassroots association of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes with more than 400 chapters across the United States, Canada, and Europe.
AHEPA's mission is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence through community service and volunteerism.
For more information, please visit www.ahepa.org.