AHEPA Montreal

AHEPA Montreal

February 01, 2006 09:01 ET

A Valentine's Fund-Raiser with Lots of Heart

Montreal AHEPA Family 7th Annual Valentine's Ball to raise money for Shriners Hospital Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, City Editor, Lifestyle Editor MONTREAL/QUEBEC/MEDIA ADVISORY--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 1, 2006) - Love will be in the air once again this year as the Montreal AHEPA Family will host its seventh annual Valentine's Ball on February 11, 2006. For a second year, the organization will show its love for children by benefiting the Shriners Hospital for Children of Canada. The event is being held at the Palace Reception Hall in Laval.

"A ticket to this gala may not buy you love - but it will help the children who visit the Shriners Hospital in Montreal," said George Vassilas, president of the Montreal chapter of AHEPA, an international Hellenic philanthropic fraternity. "In the past, this event has benefited causes such as the Children's Wish Foundation, the Montreal Children's Hospital and the Sainte-Justine Hospital for Children."

"This year once again, we are lending our support to the Shriners," he added. "We were so pleased that we raised $40,000 for them last year that we decided to help them out again. In fact, we are pledging to continue supporting the Shriners over the next few years in their capital campaign to build a new hospital."

The Shriners Hospital in Montreal boasts an internationally-recognized team of physicians and health care professional who currently provide outstanding pediatric orthopaedic care to more than 5,000 children on an annual basis. The hospital serves all of Canada and parts of the Northeastern United States and is a top research centre in the area of musculoskeletal diseases, more specifically brittle bone disease, which attracts patients from all over the world.

Shriners Hospitals are unique - they recognize that the family plays a vital role in a child's ability to overcome an illness or injury. The Shriners Hospital-Canada recognizes that each patient is part of a family unit which needs to be supported through interaction with the healthcare team. The patient and family are part of that team, and the family is encouraged to become involved in all aspects of the child's care and recovery, through a variety of special programs.

Tickets for this event cost $150 and include dinner, open bar and live entertainment by La Gioventù Orchestra and Omega Productions. Tickets can be purchased by calling (514) 865-9931.

The Honorary Committee of this event includes Demetrius Manolakos; Spiros Fengos; Garry Morrison, Chairman of the Board, Montreal Shriners Hospital; Angie Stinis; Ron Snow, Karnak Shrine; George Smith, Karnak Shrine.

AHEPA is the largest and oldest Greek-American association in the world with 523 chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, and Cyprus, and sister chapters in Australia and New Zealand. It was established in 1922 by visionary Greek-Americans to protect Greek immigrants from prejudice originating from the KKK, and in its history, AHEPA has joined with the NAACP and B'nai B'rith to fight discrimination. Moreover, it was founded to help Greek immigrants assimilate into American society.

AHEPA was established in Canada in 1928, and now includes chapters in 14 cities with approximately 2,000 members in the AHEPA family. AHEPA Canada promotes a mutual understanding of Greek and Canadian cultures and encourages members to participate in the civic and philanthropic activities of their communities and country. In Canada, the organization donates more than $300,000 a year toward education and charities at the local, national and international levels. Please visit www.ahepacanada.org for more information.

The mission of the AHEPA family is to promote the ideals of Hellenism, education, philanthropy, civic responsibility and family and individual excellence. The AHEPA family consists of four organizations: AHEPA, Daughters of Penelope, Sons of Pericles and Maids of Athena.
/For further information: For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the chairpersons of the event:
Danielle Phaedra Efraim: (514) 865-9931
Peter Scoufaras: (514) 386-8617

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