Beneath the beautiful and elegant appearance of Anna Kioutas is the heart of a Greek American committed to strengthening Hellenic organizations and supporting just Hellenic causes.
Greek American Eleanna Livaditis is the new Miss Colorado USA, having been crowned October 27 at a ceremony in Greeley, CO as part of the Miss USA beauty pageant. To our knowledge, she is the very first Greek American who’s first generation to win such a contest. She’ll be traveling the state during the next year representing the organization at various charity functions, simultaneously working full time at an oil and gas company and part time as a Greek school teacher.
On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the Honorable Gus M. Bilirakis honored National Merit Semi-Finalist, Salutatorian and up and coming Greek-American, Andreas N. Stamatakis for his academic and extra-curricular achievements. The Honorable Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis is a Republican from Palm Harbor, representing Florida’s 12th Congressional District, which includes all of Pasco and northern parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. He was first elected to Congress on November 7, 2006, and is currently serving his fourth term in the United States House of Representatives.
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday he has selected former Chicago schools CEO and 2002 gubernatorial candidate Paul Vallas as his running mate for 2014, calling him a longtime reformer and expert on fiscal and education issues who will be a lieutenant governor “for the common good.’’ “I’ve known Paul Vallas for 30 years and he’s never been shy about fighting for education, reform and opportunities for working people,’’ Quinn said in an emailed announcement from his campaign. ``We have made great progress these last few years, but serious challenges remain and our mission is not yet accomplished. Paul is an independent problem solver with a proven record of reform. He will be a strong Lt. Governor for the common good.’’
The 2014 MISS COLORADO USA and MISS COLORADO TEEN USA Pageants took place Sunday, October 27 at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley, Colorado. A capacity crowd filled the theater on Sunday evening for the pageant finals, where the panel of judges selected Eleanna Livaditis of Centennial as MISS COLORADO USA 2014, and Cindy Yan of Englewood as MISS COLORADO TEEN USA 2014. Both titleholders will now advance and compete next year at the MISS USA and MISS TEEN USA national pageants.
Peter Mitchell has done it all, from being the CEO of his own successful company, to playing five musical instruments, to teaching college business courses, to writing material for textbooks, to appearing regularly on the stage of the Lyric Opera. Yet his most memorable achievement may be on August 2, 2014 when he stands on an English stage to conduct the orchestra and hundred-voice Ware Operatic Society Choir at a concert to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War I or The Great War.
The Orpheus Youth Group 2013 – 2014 year started off with a bang! Twice a week, Greek American youngsters come together in the northern suburbs of Chicago to learn about their heritage via music, song and dance.
Another year has gone by and it is the thirteenth anniversary of my dear husband’s passing.
With faith in God, one is never alone. The Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, the Holy Mother, and the Saints have taken care of me. Faith strengthens me day by day. With patience, faith, and spirit, I hope that some day my husband and I will be together again.
I thank God for the time we had together.
Mary D. Fotopoulos
(Note: Lawyer and businessman Demosthenes Fotopoulos was also for many years the Greek school teacher at the Plutarch School of St. Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church. He influenced hundreds of students. Currently retired, his wife, Mary Fotopoulos, was a member of the faculty of Koraes School at the community of Saints Constantine and Helen. Mrs. Fotopoulos sends fond greetings to all of her former students.)
With Associate Editor Maria A. Karamitsos
This week we caught up with Tony Karman, President and Director of EXPO Chicago,
An International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art
- Tell us about your Greek roots.
We trace our roots to two mountain villages near Tripolis—Vervena and Mavriki. Most of our family is now in a small village called Xiropigado, across from Nafplio, and in Athens. My grandfather came from Greece around 1913. He was a fruit peddler on the West side Chicago. My yiayia came to Chicago to marry him and when Papou passed away in 1930, she raised five children alone, speaking little English but with all the determination and capacity of a strong Greek woman. It speaks volumes about the Greek immigrant story.
- Tony Karman
- EXPO Chicago
- art exhibition Chicago
- contemporary art
- modern art
- international art exposition
- Navy Pier
- Chicago International Art Exposition
- The Breeder
- Andreas Lolis
- Studio Gang Architects
- Choose Chicago
- Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
- Jane Addams Hull House
- Chicago art
- Greek American