By: Aphrodite Kotrotsios, Co-Publisher

Your response to the Hellenic News of America (HNA) is the engine that compels our commitment to inform, enlighten, inspire, and unite the Greek American community.  The success of the newspaper is due largely to the need for a voice in America. The paper provides a forum where Greeks can inform and be informed; uniting the Greek consciousness in America.  You have empowered us to continue our mission; working together with the community to maintain the legacy and tradition for another thirty years and beyond.

The HNA has inspired many and contributes largely to the preservation of the Hellenic identity and tradition in America.  Greek Americans have a strong desire to come together and be heard as a community. This desire stems from the innate instinct to maintain and propagate the Greek heritage and identity.  Thus, the HNA has emerged as a focal point for networking and cohesion as a community. Through this forum, the HNA covers and promotes the community events pertaining to the arts, business, religion, community and more.

The internet and social media age have changed the standards and form of reporting, but the Hellenic News of America maintains the gold standard.  It has true reporting of community events and topics of human interest.  The paper has also adapted its form to include online reporting and Facebook platform; allowing for digital access as a supplement to our true print form. Additionally, the articles are published both in English and in Greek.  These features contribute to our expanded readership and popularity.  It is important, however, that in-depth reporting and commentary remain the most important criteria and that has always been our number one attribute.

The Hellenic News of America and the Hermes Expo are responsible for many great developments and achievements.  These platforms have served as a launching point for international trade.  Through HNA and Hermes Expo synergy, the city of Thessaloniki, Greece, and Philadelphia, PA have signed Cultural and Business Exchange agreements. This agreement has enabled thousands of Greek and American businesses to conduct trade between the two sister-cities.  This effort has allowed for cultural exchange, partnerships, and access to goods and services abroad.

An equally significant attribute of the Hellenic News of America was the establishment of The Mid-Atlantic Greek American Foundation.  Through this foundation, we have established a scholarship fund with endowments to assist high school, undergraduate and graduate students from fellow Hellenes.  We have also partnered with the University of Connecticut’s Hellenic Studies Program, “Paideia”, to offer scholarships for students to study abroad for a semester in Greece.  Furthermore, The Mid-Atlantic Greek America Foundation organized three events in 2016 in Philadelphia, New York City and Baltimore in order to raise funds for non-profit institutions that are in need of aid in America and in Greece.  These funds were donated to “Kivotos tou Kosmou” orphanage, The Elderly Home in Konitsa and to the restoration of the Holy Monastery Sosinou in Epirus, Greece.

Since our inception, we have sponsored several fundraisers for Fellow Hellenes and Philhellenes running for office (John Sarbanes(D-MD), US Presidential Candidates Mike Dukakis and Paul Tsongas, Mike Pappas(R-NJ), Steve Corodemus, Zach Space(D-OH), Lou Raptakis, Paul Sarbanes, Kosta Alexakis(D-MD), Charlie Christ, Curt Weldon(R-PA), Robert Andrews(D-NJ), Frank LoBiondo(R-NJ), Ed Rendell(D-PA), Mario Civera(R-PA), Gus Bilirakis(R-FL), Bill Matsikoudis(D-NJ), Lynn Abraham, Stavroula Kotrotsios and many other Hellenes and Philhellenes).  We were one of the first families to open up their home to host a fundraiser in honor of His Eminence Evangelos of the Metropolis of New Jersey for the needs of the Metropolis House.  We had partnered with Deborah Hospital Foundation, Ronald McDonald House’s Greek Division, Hellenic Cultural Center of the University of Connecticut and many other Hellenic and Phil Hellenic organizations promoting the arts, science, history and other disciplines.

Nevertheless, our success and the continuation of our publication relies on our supporters, readers, and friends.  First, we would like to ask you to continue sending letters to the editor, community news, invites to cover community events, any commentary on articles that we publish, concerns and recommendations.  Remember, we are your voice! Secondly, our continuation heavily depends on your generous advertisements and subscriptions and sponsorships of events and programs.  Together, we can continue to deliver informative and empowering news to our Hellenic and Phil-Hellenic readers.  Thus, as our community’s voice, we are able to positively contribute to the perpetuation of our Greek language and cultural identity in America.

Together, we can help write the history of the Omogeneia of Greek America.  As a whole, we are stronger.  We can help many more institutions in request of financial aid, send more of our students to study abroad in Greece, help many more Greek Americans achieve office in the political area, keep our Greek language, culture, traditions and Hellenic Spirit alive.  Together, we can do more.

Join our mailing list, like us on Facebook, check us out on the Web and LinkedIn or drop us a line. We greatly appreciate your supporting our efforts to organize and present events engaging the business community.

We have worked tirelessly to sustain our cultural identity in America for you and our future. Let’s continue the Hellenic Legacy together.

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