Anthony S. Papadimitriou of the Onassis Foundation Receives an Award of Excellence

Award presented by National Hellenic Museum Chairman John P. Calamos, Sr.

CHICAGO, IL —Dr. Anthony S. Papadimitriou, the President of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, received an Award of Excellence from the National Hellenic Museum at its annual Ambrosia Ball on Saturday, March 2, 20213 in Chicago. The award was presented by National Hellenic Museum Board of Trustees Chairman John P. Calamos, Sr., who explained, “The Museum is honoring Papadimitriou and the Onassis Foundation, for excellence in the promotion of the world’s shared Hellenic heritage.”

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Photo caption from left to right: Dr. Anthony S. Papadimitriou the President of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation was presented with an Award of Excellence for the promotion of the world’s shared Hellenic heritage by the National Hellenic Museum the Board of Trustees Chairman John P. Calamos, Sr.

Photo credit:  Photos by Dimitri Eliopoulos for Elios Photography © 2013

In his acceptance speech Papadimitriou stated, “The mission of the National Hellenic Museum is very important.  I am very impressed by the great work being done in documenting, preserving and showcasing the Greek American experience, history and culture.  As a Diaspora Greek myself, I understand the importance of documenting and preserving the history and accomplishments of Diaspora Greeks.”

 

“The Museum’s mission is of great importance to me and should be to all Americans of Greek origin. I urge you to take your children and grandchildren to the Museum to see our mission in action in our new exhibition Moments: The Greek American Legacy. It is a very moving, yet realistic, presentation of the history and legacy of Greek Americans, as well as their contributions to this great country of the United States of America,” stated Dr. George J. Korkos Ambrosia Ball Chairman and National Hellenic Museum Board Member.

 

According to Papadimitriou, The Onassis Foundation will work towards future partnerships with the Museum to promote their shared mission of promoting Hellenism, “I also would like to state that the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation is very much interested and looks forward to collaborating with the National Hellenic Museum on projects of mutual interest and to help share our Hellenic heritage.”

 

At Ambrosia Ball, over 300 guests enjoyed an evening of dinner, dancing, and disguise as they experienced an Apokries celebration featuring: Koudounati, the Bell Bearers of Skyros, who kicked off the evening by dancing in and around the tables, followed by the Gaitanaki (Maypole Dance) performed by the Orpheus Dance Troupe. Mr. George Stephanopoulos, Chief Political Correspondent for ABC News & Co-Anchor of “Good Morning America, served as the honorary Ambrosia Ball chair for the black tie event, and Dr. & Mrs. George J. Korkos served as the Ambrosia Ball chairs. The event raised 350,000 for exhibitions and community educational outreach programs.