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National Hellenic Society to Celebrate Greek Heritage in Las Vegas

Picture from the 2017 Heritage Weekend and Classic in Las Vegas

The National Hellenic Society will celebrate Greek heritage and culture in the annual Heritage Weekend and Classic in Las Vegas in October 4-7, combining inspiring and entertaining activities.

This year the long weekend will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel, a luxurious, non-gaming hotel ideal for relaxation, an ideal place for the bright Greek American participants to get together, exchange ideas and enjoy themselves.

The National Hellenic Society promises four days of great ‘parea’, enjoyable and fun activities and, more importantly, inspiring sessions with world-class guests and workshops to promote Hellenism and Greek culture. See the impressive list of events and activities below:

Activities and Workshops at this Year’s Classic

Archaeology Workshop with world renown archaeologists:
John Camp–Director of the Excavations of the Athens Agora since 1966
Beth Carlson–Classicist and Archaeologist at Palace of Nestor excavations
Fred Hiebert–Harvard and University of PA award-winning archaeologist and explorer at National Geographic

The Essentials Workshops

Greek Language & Tourism” with the participation of Minister of Tourism Eleni Kountoura
Emirates Air Representatives,
Konstantinos Georgiades, Amphytrion Travel U.S./Greece
Greek American Master Chef Diane Kochilas will give cooking lessons
“Greek Dance Class” –the basics of Greek dancing
Nick Irmen, Heritage Greece Alumnus
Archaeology 101 by the Masters:
Professor Bethany Carlson, Classics Randolph-Macon College
Professor John Camp, Director of the Agora Excavations
Fred Hiebert, National Geographic Archaeologist & Explorer

Panel Presentations

Geopolitics/Foreign Policy with the participation of:
Bill Antholis, Director, Miller Center, Emeritus Director Brookings Institute
Markos Kounalakis, Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institute, author, journalist
Ambassador John Negroponte, Emeritus Director of National Intelligence
Ambassador Pat Theros, U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, Emeritus Director U.S. Qatar Business Council
Honorary Andrew Natsios, Scowcroft Inst., Emeritus USAID Administrator
Finding the Story
George Orfanakos, Executive Director, American School of Classical Studies
Professor Bethany Carlslon, Professor John Camp

“Telling the Story”

Pavlos Yeroulanos, Benaki Museum, Emeritus Minister of Culture/Tourism
Marsha Haddad Ikonomopoulos, Director, Kehila Kedosha Janina Museum
Women’s Forum with the participation of:
Laura Evans, former lead anchor Fox News, Washington DC
Vassy Karagiorgis, Platinum, Gold record producer, song writer, singer
Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis, former Ambassador to Hungary, California Lt. Governor candidate
Elena Kountoura, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Greece
Georgia Mouzakis, Managing Director Citi Group Private Bank
Lea Soupata, Emeritus UPS Executive, UPS Board of Directors

“The Deal Makers”

John Metaxas, CBS/Bloomberg, former anchor of CNN’s Your Money
John Calamos, founder Calamos Investments
Dean Metropoulos, C. Dean Metropoulos & Company
John Televantos, Arsenal Capital Partners

NHS Board Chairman Drake Behrakis (left) and Executive Director Art Dimopoulos in last year’s Heritage Weekend and Classic

There will also be great live entertainment including Greek headliner Dimitris Basis and his band and dance music by MGM’s top DJ. Star of My Greek Table, Master Chef Diane Kochilas will be the weekend’s presiding guest chef. The weekend is informal, relaxed and all about spending time with family, friends and company.

For the younger guests there will be fun activities such as Shark Reef, Hershey Chocolate Museum, Big Apple Roller Coaster, 4-D Movies @ the Excalibur, Twilight Zone Mini-Golf & Neon Bowling.

There will also be the Telly Savalas Memorial Golf Classic for golf lovers.

The National Hellenic Society is an association of Greek American leaders, visionaries, and philanthropists dedicated to celebrate and promote the ideas of Hellenism and the Greek heritage. To this end, NHS has developed engaging programs that offer a rewarding experience to its members, families and communities.

One of the various NHS programs which is a big success is a “birthright program”, as Board Chairman Drake Behrakis describes it, in which  college age students are sent to Greece for two and a half weeks to experience the country by spending all their time with students from Greece

For more information and booking, go to the NHS website:



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