DETROIT — On Saturday, April 13 at 5:00 p.m., the Hellenic Museum of Michigan Dedication, Honorees and Gala Reception will take place at the DIA and will be presided by His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit, along with Museum President, Ernest Zachary. The dedication focuses on compelling immigration story of Greek pioneers and the history of Greektown in Detroit.
A gala reception follows the dedication at 6:30 p.m. with dinner and music, dance performances and string quartet presentation of Greek works under direction of WSU professor, Dr. Kypros Markou. The annual Hellenic Heritage Awards will be presented recognizing individuals for outstanding achievements in the Hellenic community and the greater community it serves. This year’s recipients are George Dimopoulos, Phillip Frangos, Dr. Steve Tsangalias, Dr. George Tsiatalas and posthumously, Diane Edgecomb. A Special Hellenic Heritage Award will also be given to Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade President and Founder, George Reganis and recognition to Kyria Anna Diamantaras. The Greektown Preservation Society will honor posthumously, Zoe and Gus Anton and Ted Gatzaros.
The Museum Opening kicks off an entire weekend of celebration and remembrance of history and culture. On Sunday, April 14, the 13th Annual Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade will take place in Greektown at 3:00 p.m. beginning with 10:00 a.m. church service at Annunciation Cathedral and a press preview at Compuware Lobby at
Throughout the entire Saturday evening events, the Museum will be open for exhibit, tours and refreshments. Oneiro, Mike Malis and Achilles will provide entertainment in the tent. Michigan college students will gather in Greektown and be transported by bus to celebrate the Museum. For information, contact Sam Constantine – 248-420-3228, Tommy Simon – 313-378-8897 or Yianni Dionisopoulos – 313-405-3844.