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PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation Caps Record-Breaking Year with Sell-Out Awards Gala
Record donations of $210,000 to Foundation's Fund provide $10,000 Grants



CHICAGO, IL - Majestic Cathedral Hall, overlooking Millennium Park from high atop The University Club of Chicago, was filled to capacity by family, friends and philhellenes wanting to share in the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation's vision of the future of America though Hellenism.  On Saturday evening, November third, they saw twenty-one of Greek America's "best and brightest" receive a Certificate and a check for $10,000 each towards their higher education from the Foundation.  In his charge to the 2007 Grant Award Recipients, Foundation Founder and Chairman Chris P. Tomaras told them: "This Foundation has a single mission: to promote education by which, you, the recipients of today, will be the contributors to American society tomorrow, carrying the torch of Hellenism as a guiding light.  Use the eternal values that continually feed its light to once more enlighten American society, at every level and at every opportunity: in your academic and professional careers and in your everyday lives."


Tomaras' charge was echoed by the Consul General of Greece in Chicago, Amb. Anastasios Petrovas, and taken up by Stratos Skarpathiotis, selected to represent the 21 Grant Recipients, who expressed both their thanks and their gratitude to the Foundation.  The Invocation and a special prayer were offered by His Grace, Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, while award-winning television journalist and author Bill Kurtis served as the evening's Emcee.  A musical interlude, provided by two of the Greek community's most promising performing artists, soprano Mary Lutz and pianist John Mannos, was met with thunderous applause. 


2008 Fund Goal Set at a Quarter-Million Dollars

The Awards Gala, now in its eighth year, began turning away reservations several weeks before the event.  This success caps off a record year for the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation, during which it received a record 157 applications from all over America, and saw donations to its 2007 Scholarship Fund swell to a record $210,000. 


Advisory Board Chairman John Apostolou joined Tomaras in thanking this year's contributors and setting next year's goal at a minimum of $250,000.  "This is something that we can achieve," insisted Apostolou, "as more and more contributors come forward to help make a real difference... determining whether these promising but financial unable Greek-Americans will be able to receive a higher education and achieve their ultimate potential."  Added Tomaras, "Every donation counts, and is gratefully recognized, so please remember the Foundation this Christmas or at tax-time next year."


Investment Guru John P. Calamos, Sr. Receives Coveted "Paradigm Award"

A second highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Foundation's annual Paradigm Award to world-renowned investment expert John P. Calamos, Sr.  Calamos is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of the firm he founded in 1977, which he took public as Calamos Asset Management in 2004 and which currently manages investments upwards of $50 Billion.   He is often quoted as an authority on risk-managed investment strategies in Barron's, Fortune, Forbes, Pensions & Investments, Financial World, Nation's Business, The Wall Street Journal and on CNBC and Bloomberg Forum.  In his acceptance of the gold and marble award, he recounted that he was the very first in his family to receive a higher education, and yet today is considered among America's most successful businesspeople, underscoring the difference that higher education had made in his life.  Calamos joins U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes, Rep. Michael Bilirakis, and Drexel University President Dr. Constantine Papadakis as a recipient of the Foundation's Paradigm Award.


A number of political and civic leaders attended the event including: the Consul General of Greece in Chicago, Amb. Anastasios Petrovas, IL State Treasurer, Alexi Giannoulias, Cook County Treasure, Maria Pappas, Chief Judge Paul Lilios, Judge James Booras, Judge Peggy Chiampas, President of Drexel University, Dr. Constantine Papadakis, Chicago-Athens Sister Cities Committee President, Demetris Kozonis, Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center President, Aristotle Halikias, Greek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center President, Eleni Bousis, "ENOSIS" Federation of Hellenic American Organization of IL President, Demetrios Georgakopoulos, AHEPA Supreme Legal Counsel, John Galanis and other VIPs from various Greek-American organizations.  


Local media were present including Greek press such as the premier "Greek America" magazine (Gregory Pappas), the Chicago Greek Hours Radio and "Omogenia" Newspaper (Sotiris Rekoumis), the Athens Greek Radio (John Diamantis) and Hellenic Voice (Demetrios Georgakopoulos).


2007 PanHellenic Scholarship Award Recipients


Costadina Aneziris, University of Illinois at Chicago

Marina Margarita Basseas, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Margarite Anne Bechis, University of New Hampshire

Eunice Garifalia Buhler, Stanford University

Artemis Denekos, DePaul University

Stacy Economy (Economopoulos), Illinois Institute of Technology

Lia Eliades, University of California Berkeley

Katerina Georgiafentis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Demitra Athena Giannaras, Loyola University

Eleni Gouvas, University of Michigan

Vasilios Kalas, University of Chicago

Paul Koukouvanis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Eugenia Kyriakopoulos, University of Illinois at Chicago

Argie Maria Lafakis, University of Alabama

Nicholas Lalos, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Eleni Elias Liakaris, St. John's University

Matthew Mikelatos Sacino, University of Miami, Neuroscience

Evangelos Papadimas, Cornell University

Stratos George Skarpathiotis, University of Chicago

Marjorie Spiriliotis, DePaul University

Stephanie Toronidis, Drexel University