Press Release

Press Release

Orestis Theodoros Demetriades
2017 Recipient of Alpha Omega
Council Lifetime Achievement Award
~ The Examined Life to receive the first Philhellene Award ~

BOSTON — The Alpha Omega Council of New England has announced Orestes Theodoros Demetriades as the recipient of the 2017 Alpha Omega Council Lifetime Achievement Award. The banquet will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the Boston Marriott Newton at 6:00 p.m.

“We are proud to recognize Mr. Demetriades’ contributions with this award,” said Alpha Omega Council President Peter Lemonias. “The Greek American community of New England is stronger and more united because of his work over the last seven decades. His dedication to our community is truly remarkable and his voice and commitment to our culture serve as an inspiration to all.”

Demetriades joined the late John Booras in 1960 to re-create Grecian Echoes as a daily Greek-American news and cultural affairs program that became a beloved New England institution. For over 50 years, he was the voice of Grecian Echoes, the longest continuously- running ethnic radio program in America. Today, the program continues under the leadership of his son, Ted Demetriades. Among his greatest accomplishments have been his advocacy for Greek institutions in Greater Boston and New England, including the Hellenic Cardiac Fund at Children’s Hospital, the Hellenic Nursing Home for The Aged and many others.

The Examined Life: Greek Studies in the Schools
receives first Alpha Omega Council Philhellene Award

The Alpha Omega Council will present its first Philhellene Award to The Examined Life: Greek Studies in the Schools, a program to train public school teachers and administrators in ancient Greek civilization to enable them to incorporate Greek Studies into their classroom curricula. “It is our honor to recognize this program for its education, out reach and communication of the Greek ideals and history to our new generation,” Lemonias said.

The program asks participants to explore what it means to be human through the lens of Greek antiquity while entering the 21st century. Since 1999, the program has expanded from one school district to now include dozens of districts, in which hundreds of teachers have been trained to educate thousands of students in the powerful legacy of Greece.

25th Peter Agris Memorial Journalism Scholarships

The evening will also mark the 25th anniversary of the Peter Agris Memorial Journalism Scholarships, named for the organization’s late founder and the publisher of The Hellenic Chronicle. Administered in collaboration with the Agris family, the program has awarded over a half million dollars in critical funding to more than 100 journalism students throughout the country. “We take great pride in having helped so many dynamic young Hellenes to further their dream of careers in the fields of communications and journalism and making their mark in news offices here and abroad,” said Nancy Agris Savage.

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About Alpha Omega Council

Alpha Omega was founded in 1976 by a group of friends and businessmen in Boston, Massachusetts, under the leadership of the late Peter Agris, the publisher of The Hellenic Chronicle, an English-language weekly newspaper targeting the Greek-American community. The Alpha Omega Council is comprised of Americans of Hellenic ancestry in business, education, academia, medicine, law, politics, science and other fields. Its mission is to promote and encourage loyalty and patriotism to the United States of America; to cultivate the ideals of Hellenism; to constantly strive towards maintaining positive Greek-American relations; to unite Americans of Greek descent in fellowship and philanthropy; to help recognize the achievements of those who excel in their field individually or as a group; to help alleviate the wants of the poor and needy; and to establish, maintain or aid religious, charitable, scientific, literary or educational activities. Since its inception, the Alpha Omega Council has contributed over $2,000,000 to various philanthropic causes, not including the annual Peter Agris Memorial Journalism Scholarship Awards.

About The Examined Life

The Examined Life program is a growing consortium of school districts aimed at strengthening Greek studies in the schools. The program’s goals include professional scholarship, development of curriculum materials, and a community outreach on the history, culture, and accomplishments of ancient and modern Greece. The program takes as its theme the Socratic call to the examined life. As we enter the 21st century, it asks participants to explore what it means to be human through the lens of Greek antiquity.