For Immediate Release
AMERICAN HELLENIC EDUCATIONAL PROGRESSIVE ASSOCIATION (AHEPA) WELCOMED INTO TOURNAMENT OF ROSES® PARADE
Pasadena, Calif.—The Board of Directors of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses extended a warm welcome to AHEPA as a float participant in the 110th Tournament of Roses ® to be held January 1, 1999, at Pasadena, Calif.
The good news was received by AHEPA District Governor No. 20 Nicholas J. Perdaris in a letter written by Dick E. Ratliff, President of the Board of Directors of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.
It is estimated that over one million spectators view the parade along its route. Over 90 million will view the parade on television. Internationally, an estimated 325 million viewers will watch in over 110 countries, including Greece, Cyprus and Australia.
"We feel the AHEPA Rose Float will bring international recognition to AHEPA and promote the great ideals of our Hellenic Heritage.
"I am proud of the hard work of our members in District No. 20 on this project," said Supreme President Steve A. Manta.
The project is being spearheaded by Perdaris and AHEPA Anaheim Chapter President Chris Mellas.
In conforming with the 1999 parade theme "Echoes of the Century" the AHEPA committee chose "Music from the Acropolis" to be the float’s theme. The theme represents an expression of freedom and arts echoing throughout the century.
The AHEPA is the largest Greek-American association in the world. The AHEPA Family consists of four organizations: AHEPA, Daughters of Penelope, Sons of Pericles and Maids of Athena.
The mission of the AHEPA Family is to promote the Hellenic ideals of education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, family and individual excellence.