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Greek officials present $85,000 to Habitat

ATLANTA, Ga. (Jan. 9, 2006) – The deputy foreign minister of Greece, Panagiotis Skandalakis, the U.S. ambassador to Greece, Charles Ries, and the Greek ambassador to the United States, Alexandros Mallias, joined American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association Supreme President Gus James Monday, Jan. 9, to present $85,000 to Habitat for Humanity International as a symbolic gesture of solidarity of the Greek people to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The Katrina Relief Fund in Greece raised the money from two concerts held in Athens last October and November, and from individual donations.

President George W. Bush, during the White House presentation of credentials by Mallias, said on Oct. 3: “On behalf of the United States, I would like to thank the Greek government, as well as the noble and generous Greek people, for their prompt and warmhearted assistance to the people of the United States, following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. As the old saying goes, ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed.’ Greeks have proven recently once again that they are friends indeed.”

At a luncheon hosted by AHEPA, the largest Greek-American organization, the check was presented to Chris Clarke, Habitat’s senior vice president of Communications.

Noni Skandalakis, representing Greek NGO Panathinaiki and Yvette Jarvis, vice president of the Friends of Habitat for Humanity, Athens and city councilor of Athens, Greece, who were involved in the fund-raising effort, also attended the presentation.