ATHENS – Energy, imagination and dedication are the crucial elements needed to build the future of the Greek-American community, and one of its most iconic new ventures is back after a year-long hiatus . The National Heritage Weekend and the National Hellenic Society Classic will be held at the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas from October 7-10.
In addition to its various programs, once a year the NHS celebrates Greek heritage and culture, showcases global Hellenic talents, and features renowned Greeks and non-Greeks who are thought-provoking and inspiring.
Each year a place is chosen, ideal for relaxation and where highly motivated Hellenes can meet, exchange ideas and have fun with four days of great “parea”, enjoyable and fun activities and, most importantly, inspiring sessions with guests and workshops to promote Hellenism and Greek culture.
The “Classic” refers to the very popular Telly Savalas and Dr. George Korkos Golf Classic.
Drake Behrakis, chairman of the NHS board and chairman of Marwick Associates, told the National Herald: “We are delighted to be returning to our conference this year. It is always a great opportunity for member families and guests to learn more about the organization’s plans for the future, as well as a chance to come together and enjoy our “kefi” and “Parea”. In addition to celebrating the 200th anniversary of Greece’s independence, we will discuss solid plans for 2022 as we slowly emerge from the pandemic and return to normalcy. “
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Foremost among the hosts welcoming guests is the dynamic George M. Marcus, Chairman Emeritus of the NHS and Chairman, Marcus & Millichap, Essex Property Trust. The festivities will begin on Thursday, October 7 with the opening cocktail at the M Pool. Roundtables will begin the next morning, when shuttles also depart for the first optional activity, a hike in Red Rock Canyon. After Cocktails from 7 to 8 guests will enjoy the Taverna Night & Dinner at the M pool, then the After Party at the LUX.
The Saturday morning shuttles will leave for the Classic at the Rio Secco Golf Club while the conference programs will continue at the hotel.
At 12:30 p.m. the shuttles leave for lunch at the UNLV campus, and at 5:30 p.m. there will be a reception for new members and prospects. The highlight of the weekend is the awards show, dinner and Glendi in the Milan Ballroom. There will also be a Bouzouki After-Party at LUX.
Additional optional activities include the NFL Watch Party – Las Vegas Raiders vs Chicago Bears, Exotic Car Racing, Sun Buggy Baja Chase, Pink Jeep Red Rock Canyon Tour, The Old West Shoot-Out, Hoover Dam Tour and a helicopter tour.
The weekend ends October 10 with brunch and keynote speaker at Anthony’s Prime Steak & Seafood.
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The event’s sponsors are: Calamos Investments, Michael Galanakis, Timothy Joannides, John Karamanos, Kenny Kondraros, Jim Logothetis, Manatos & Manatos, Jonathan Nicozisis and Family, Poles Tublin, Michael & Robin Psaros, Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas, Lea Soupata and Eviania Tsarnas.
According to its website, “The National Hellenic Society was incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware as a non-profit, non-stock, tax-exempt entity under section 501 (c) ( 3) of the Internal Revenue Code… The National Hellenic Society (NHS) is a proud association of Greek American leaders, visionaries and philanthropists who continue and celebrate our rich heritage. The NHS was created to create a lasting network of Greek Americans to preserve our heritage through sponsorship and launching programs that support Hellenic culture, benefit our members and their families, and honor our ancestors. Members of the NHS represent accomplished men and women of the Greek American community, and membership is by invitation only. “
The website also notes that, “As is our tradition, fellowship and enrichment are an important part of this society… Members of the National Hellenic Society have demonstrated the values and ideals that the National Hellenic Society espouses: service to our fellow citizens, the communities in which we live and our nation.
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Hellenism is at the heart of the organization. “Through the support of programs that promote the preservation of Hellenic heritage in the United States, the National Hellenic Society strives to be a beacon for the promotion, understanding and appreciation of Hellenic heritage in the United States, and to to pass on the stewardship of the Greek Heritage and shared democratic values and ideals to the next generation.
One of the various successful NHS programs is the Heritage Greece (HG) program, “a two-week cultural and educational immersion odyssey for accomplished Greek-American university students who share their experience with a group of outstanding student peers from North America. College of Greece (ACG) in Athens, Greece.
For more information and to book, visit the NHS website: https://www.nationalhellenicsociety.org.