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Greek Independence Day Celebration: Sunday, March 22, 2015 on the B. Franklin Pkwy

On Sunday, March 22, 2015, the Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia marched in the Greek Independence Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. We proudly marched behind our banner and joined other Greek American organizations and churches to celebrate the 194th anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821. Our Club was also celebrating the 79th anniversary of the founding of the Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia on March 27th, 1936. Και τουχρόνου!

At the 2015 Greek Independence Day Parade in Philadelphia

75th Annual Gala: Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel

On February 7, we held our 75th Annual Gala. This elegant evening began as guests were greeted by Gala Committee members and were directed to the “Glam Red Carpet” for photos against a new HUC backdrop. Enjoying delicious hot and cold butler-passed hors d’oeuvres, they met our gracious honoree, Diane Kochilas. Diane was pleased to personalize copies of her latest cookbook at the book-signing table. Guests browsed the silent auction tables and mingled with friends. The evening continued with dinner, dancing, the presentation of the Achievement Award to Diane and her acceptance, (and of course, more dancing).

Thank you to all who attended and helped make our Gala a success– our sponsors, advertisers, contributors and all of our members and friends who supported our Gala and mission with their donations to our Scholarship Fund.

Diane Kochilas, 2015 HUC Achievement Award Recipient
(Photo Credit: Anthony Dimitriadis)

Annual Christmas Party: Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Union Trust

The Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia along with the other professional organizations of the arearang in the holiday season at the Annual Christmas Party held at the beautifully renovated Union League in Philadelphia on Sunday, December 7, 2014. Over 100 members and guests celebrated the Yuletide with great food, wonderful company and, of course – much Christmas cheer. The holiday and dance music, provided by Gino Cortopassi and DJ Maki, added to the festivities. Thank you to all who were able to attend and helped us celebrate!

Check out Cosmos Philly’s coverage of this special event:

http://cosmosphilly.com/greek-american-organizations-host-christmas-party-philly/

http://cosmosphilly.com/hellenic-university-club-friends-host-christmas-party-photo-gallery/

Fall Excursion: Saturday, November 15, 2014 at National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Our Club visited the exhibition of El Greco (DomenikosTheotokopoulos) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, November 15, 2014. The exhibition celebrates the 400th anniversary of his death and included are two very significant masterpieces, “Saint Martin and the Beggar” and “Laocoön”. A very informative 30-minute film El Greco: An Artist’s Odyseey ran continuously as an accompaniment to the exhibit. This excursion was a wonderful opportunity to spend a day in our nation’s capital with fellow members.

El Greco (DomenikosTheotokopoulos), Laocoön, c. 1610/1614, oil on canvas, Samuel H. Kress Collection

From the Newsroom of The National Herald: Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel

From the Newsroom of The National Herald: The Challenges and Opportunities for Hellenism in America, a lecture program, was held on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Constantine (Dean) S. Sirigos, a journalist with The National Herald in New York, offered his perspectives on the recovering Greek economy, the building of St. Nicholas Church at Ground Zero, the latest Mediterranean-themed exhibit at The Met, excavations at Amphipolis, the meaning of ‘philotimo’ in the 21st century and particularly, the challenges and opportunities facing Hellenism in the US.

Constantine S. Sirigos at the Greek Independence Day Parade in NY (right)

2014 Opening Reception: Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti

The Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia officially kicked off its 79th year with the 2014 Opening Reception held at Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti in Old City Philadelphia. It was a wonderful event with great food, great ambiance and most importantly, great company. Almost 100 members and friends attended. We would like to extend a big thank you to all who attended and helped make this a great event.

The 2014-15 HUC Board of Directors

The Evolution of Gender Roles in Classics-Themed Adventure Films: Sunday, March 16, 2014 – 2:30pm at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Members and friends joined us on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center Conference Room in Philadelphia to hear Dr. ValentinaDeNardis, Director of Graduate Classical Studies at Villanova University speak to us on the evolution of gender roles in classics-themed adventure films. It was a fun and informative lecture program, which examined how the gender roles of characters in films such as ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ and ‘Clash of the Titans’ have been viewed, transformed and evolved in the last 50 years.

Zeus from “Clash of the Titans” (1981)

Annual Gala: March 1, 2014 – 6:30pm at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel

On March 1st, our Club celebrated its 74th Annual Gala. It was an elegant and fun evening where members and friends enjoyed a lovely reception and delicious dinner, great music and wonderful company. The highlight of the evening was the awarding of our Achievement Award to Mr. George Venizelos, Assistant Director of the FBI, who attended our Gala with his wife Marina. During his twenty-three year career with the Bureau, Mr. Venizelos has risen in the ranks to his present position as leader of the Bureau’s largest field office—the five boroughs of New York City, eight counties in New York State, John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport. In his acceptance, Mr. Venizelos spoke of his pride in being a Hellene and how honored he was to be recognized by our Club at the Gala which benefits our Scholarship Program. We thank Mr. Venizelos for his service and dedication to our Nation.

His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelosof New Jersey offered the invocation and benediction and spoke highly about the honoree and about the importance of our organization in today’s Greek American society.

Thank you to all who attended and helped make our Gala a success– our sponsors, advertisers, contributors and all of our members and friends who supported our Gala and mission with their donations to our Scholarship Fund.

Marina and George Venizelos at the 2014 HUC Gala

Check out Cosmos Philly’s coverage of this special event:

http://cosmosphilly.com/2014-hellenic-university-club-philadelphia-gala-video-highlights/

http://cosmosphilly.com/george-venizelos-receives-achievement-award-hellenic-university-club-gala/