AHEPA Raises $70,000 for Journey to Greece Program

More students will be able to participate in AHEPA’s Journey to Greece program thanks to $70,000 raised at a fundraiser held at The Graycliff, Moonachie, N.J., Dec. 17, 2023 , announced Supreme President Savas C. Tsivicos. More than 200 people attended.

According to Tsivicos, all the funds raised will go directly to the program to help defray tuition and program costs for participants thanks to event sponsor, Anthony Papamarkos, who owns The Graycliff. AHEPA Board of Trustees Vice Chairman George G. Horiates, PSP, chaired the event.

“This is outstanding news as more participants will be able to experience Greece and earn valuable college credit at the same time,” Tsivicos said. “We are deeply grateful for Mr. Papamarkos’ generosity. We could not have achieved this successful level of fundraising without his charitable sponsorship. We thank the Papamarkos family and their team at The Graycliff, and Event Chairman George Horiates, for a remarkable evening.”

AHEPA’s National Educational Foundation administers the Journey to Greece program, which is held in conjunction with Webster University Athens.

The event’s speaking program featured Journey to Greece alumni who shared testimonials. They thanked AHEPA and Webster University for offering an exceptional and “life-changing” program.

Educational Foundation Chairman George Vorkas announced to the audience that the Foundation’s goal is to raise $125,000, which is the amount needed to enroll 25 students in the program.

“Education is a key element of AHEPA’s mission, and we’re pleased to be fulfilling it through this unique, longstanding program,” Tsivicos said.

The fundraiser enjoyed the support of several Supreme Lodge and Board of Trustees officers in attendance.

The AHEPA Journey to Greece program offers students the opportunity to earn six transferable college credits by studying about ancient and modern Greece. The courses incorporated visits to the archaeological sites and museums. Further, academic credit is transferred to a student’s home institution by an official transcript issued by Webster University, an accredited institution since 1925.

The 18th Annual Journey to Greece will be held June 16 to July 12, 2024.

The original Journey to Greece program began in 1968 and prospered until the early 1990s. The program relaunched in 2006.

Photos: AHEPA

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