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The American Hellenic Council, a Los Angeles-based Greek-American advocacy organization, announced the successful delivery of $15,000 in earthquake relief to the village of Vrisa on the island of Lesvos.
“The Council’s truly grateful to all those who participated in our effort and donated to those in need on Lesvos”, said Ioannis Fidanakis, the Executive Director. “We hope that these much-needed funds will help ease the burden on those families that we were able to help with the generosity of our supporters”.
Donations were gathered from over 40 generous individuals, including a gracious donation of $10,000 from Ms. Patricia Field. A famous fashion designer, Ms. Field is best known for her work on the television series, Sex and the City, and traces her maternal ancestry back to Plomari, Lesvos.
The funds were disbursed evenly to 30 families from Vrisa, which was hit the hardest by the devastating 6.3 earthquake that struck the island on June 12, 2017. To make matters worse, Lesvos was hit with a second quake a week later registering 5.2 on the Richter scale, and resulting in local authorities declaring a state of emergency. The initial earthquake left one woman confirmed dead and more than 800 people from the village of Vrisa displaced.
The American Hellenic Council is a non-partisan advocacy organization, which champions Hellenic values and culture. Our primary goal is to promote Hellenism in the United States by supporting the cultural activities of the Hellenic-American community of Southern California and to raise public awareness of issues concerning the Eastern Mediterranean. AHC promotes democracy, human rights, and peace in Southern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, by informing the American public and public officials about on-going issues and conflicts, specifically about Greece and Cyprus.
For more information, their website is americanhellenic.org