The Washington Oxi Day Foundation
1100 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20037
We would like to invite you, as our guest, to a very special black tie gala on Wednesday, October 28th where we will honor Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh and two people who today display the great courage for freedom and democracy that Greece displayed in WWII following Oxi Day. Washington’s top policymakers, opinion leaders, and leaders of the national Greek-American community will be in attendance. Below is your invitation.
This year’s gala will be particularly special, as it will take place on the exact day that 75 years ago the Greeks said “OXI” or “no” to Hitler’s Axis forces and changed the trajectory of WWII.
Our honorees are:
• H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, who will receive the 2015 Metropolitan Chrysostomos Award on behalf of his mother, Princess
Alice, who courageously hid a Jewish family in her Athens home during the Holocaust;
• Khalil al-Dakhi, an Iraqi lawyer-turned-activist who has devoted his life to saving women and children captured by ISIS as sex
slaves, who will receive the 2015 Oxi Day Award. Mr. Al-Dakhi was featured in a recent PBS documentary “Escaping ISIS”;
• Leyla Yunus, a prominent human rights advocate and Director of Azerbaijan’s Institute of Peace and Democracy who is being held in
an Azerbaijan prison along with her husband, who will receive the 2015 Battle of Crete Award. Her daughter, Dinara, is flying over to
receive the award on her behalf. Bono and the Washington Post recently called for her release.
• As well, the Second Annual Stavros Niarchos Foundation Philotimo Award will be presented by the Foundation to Mr. Tzanetos
Antypas and Praxis.
Others scheduled to participate in the gala program include George Marcus, Jim Chanos, Dean Metropoulos, Father Alexander Karloutsos and George Logothetis – who will deliver the keynote address.
Greece displayed this David vs. Goliath courage when it said “Oxi” (“No” in Greek) to the request to surrender to the Axis Forces in WWII. Greece’s subsequent actions led Winston Churchill to say, “If there had not been the virtue and courage of the Greeks, we do not know which the outcome of World War II would have been.”
The black tie dinner will begin with cocktails at 6:00 pm (that will include award winners), followed by dinner at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 28th at the U.S. Institute of Peace. We would love to see you there.
Please let us know by October 16th at [email protected] if you can join us.
Andy Manatos and Mike Manatos
According to Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin and others, Greece inflicted a fatal wound that was instrumental to Hitler’s ultimate defeat in WWII. As well, Greece was the only country whose national religious leader publicly challenged the Holocaust during the brutal Nazi occupation of Greece.