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Greek American Filmmaker Joins Distinguished Group of PanHellenic Paradigm Award Recipients


Alexander Payne, award winning writer, producer and director will receive the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation's prestigious Paradigm Award on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the 10th Annual Gala, “Soaring with the Stars.”  The Award Ceremony will be held at the Merle Reskin Theater followed by dinner and dancing at Hilton Chicago. 


The Paradigm Award is given annually to a distinguished Greek American whose career and accomplishments exemplify the Foundation's mission of excellence and for being a role model to young scholars. “Alexander Payne is a tremendously talented filmmaker and we are honored that he is the 2012 Paradigm Award recipient,” says Chris Tomaras, Chairman.  “Payne not only values education as evident from having attended UCLA, graduating with a Masters in Fine Arts, he is also someone who has not forgotten his Greek roots, no matter how successful he has become” continued Mr. Tomaras.


Alexander Payne whose given name is Konstantinos Alexandros Papadopoulos was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents Penny and George owned a Greek restaurant that was started by Payne's paternal grandfather. He credits his mother for beginning his fascination with the big screen, when she let him skip preschool to go to the movies.  Payne has won Academy Awards for Sideways in 2004 and recently for Best Adapted Screenplay of The Descendants.  His films are known to take seemingly ordinary situations and transform them into extraordinary moments.  Payne is one of this year's judges at the Cannes Film Festival.


Payne joins a distinguished group of Paradigm Award recipients that include former White House Homeland Security Advisor, Frances Fragos Townsend (2010), NASA Senior Planetary Scientist, Dr. Thanasis Economou (2009), Founder and Chairman of X-Prize Foundation, Dr. Peter H. Diamandis (2008), Chairman and CEO of Calamos investments, John P. Calamos, Sr. (2007), the late President of Drexel University, Dr. Constantine Papadakis (2006), as well as former U.S. Senator, Paul Sarbanes (2005) and former U.S. Representative, Michael Bilirakis (2005).


Don't miss your chance to personally meet Alexander Payne! Benefactor Sponsorships of $5,000 or more are invited to a private reception with Payne as well as Dean Richards, Entertainment Reporter for WGN Radio/TV and guest entertainer Petros Gaitanos.  Complimentary tickets are also included in benefactor sponsorships.  Reserve your tickets and become a sponsor click here or call our office at (312) 357-6432.


Come Soar with the Stars – Saturday, June 16, 2012!