Hellenic American Academy Honors George D. Behrakis

George and Margo Behrakis, right, with Jim and Marianthe Logothetis.

The Hellenic American Academy honored George D. Behrakis, noted business leader and philanthropist and Chairman Emeritus of Leadership 100, with the Heritage Award at its 11th Annual Gala on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare.

Behrakis, whose extensive research in the medical and pharmaceutical fields led to the development of asthma and allergy products, founded two successful companies – Dooner Laboratories and Muro Pharmaceutical. He also founded The Behrakis Foundation, along with his wife Margo. His philanthropy, which includes a devotion to Hellenic causes and the Greek Orthodox Church, extends to education, healthcare and the arts.

The Academy also presented its Service Award to Peter Maroutsos, a finance and operations executive, who has helped preserve Hellenic culture in America.

Jim Logothetis, Chairman of the Hellenic American Academy Executive Committee and newly elected Vice Chairman of Leadership 100, presented the evening’s awards. In acceptance remarks, Behrakis emphasized the importance of Greek education, stating that Hellenic values and respect are still instilled in Greek Schools.

Emmy Award winning television producer and morning radio co-host and producer, Cathy Vlahogiannis, served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Co-chairs were Dina Pappas Panagos, Eleni Papasimakis and Georgia Pontikes, graduates of Socrates School who are educating their own children there. The event featured a pledge drive and silent auction to benefit the Academy and its educational mission.

The Hellenic American Academy, which has set its sights on redefining Greek American education for the modern era,  is home of the Socrates Day School, a private institution that provides high-quality bilingual education to students from preschool through eighth grade.

The Academy’s mission is to provide an enhanced curriculum to offer young Greek-Americans the opportunity to excel academically on a national level. It has provided Chicago students with a competitive advantage as they begin their academic careers. Recognized by the University of Crete as a model of outstanding Greek Orthodox education, the Academy’s students routinely score in the 90th percentile in national standardized testing. More than a thousand Greek-American children have been educated at the Academy over the last decade, making it the largest Greek-American educational institution in the Midwest.

 

Schedule of Livestreamed Events
  1. Opening Forum, 9:45 am-10:45 am, Thursday, February 21, 2019,

Rev. Fr. Alexander Goussetis and Presvytera Kerry Pappas of the Center for Family Care.

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  1. Bible Study,11:00 am-12:30 pm, Thursday, February 21, 2019,

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America

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  1. Health Forum, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm, Thursday, February 21, 2019, George D. Behrakis,

Dr. George Dangas, Dr. Harry T. Anastopoulos

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  1. Hellenic College-Holy Cross Office of Vocation and Ministry, 8:45am-9:15am,Friday, February 22, 2019, Dr. Ann Bezzerides, Director.

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  2. Lecture, 9:30 am-10:30 am, Friday, February 22, 2019,

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America

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  1. Keynote Address, Business Forum, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm, Friday, February 22, 2019,

George Veras, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer, Pro Football Hall of Fame

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  1. Glendi, 7:00 pm-11:00 pm, Friday, February 22, 2019

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  1. Saturday Forum, 10:30 am-12:00 pm, Saturday, February 23, 2019,

Stellene Volandes, Editor-in-Chief, Town & Country

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  1. Grand Banquet, Estimated time 8:15 pm, Saturday, February 23, 2019

Argyris Vassiliou, Chairman of Leadership 100 and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios present the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence to George Veras and Stellene Volandes. Archbishop Remarks.

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  1. Exclusive Interview of David Baker, President and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

by George Veras, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer. Estimated time, 9:15  pm, Saturday, February 23, 2019

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