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Greek America Foundation Announces Forty Under 40 Class of 2020

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The Class of 2020. Credit: Greek America Foundation

The Greek America Foundation announced the honorees of Greek America’s Forty Under 40: Class of 2020.

According to the Foundation, the Forty Under 40 Awards are ”the leading recognition for North Americans of Greek descent, 40 years old and under, celebrating the community’s top young talent in business, the arts, the sciences, and other fields. The awards recognize those who have excelled in their professional endeavors while simultaneously showing care and concern for the world around them through philanthropic initiatives.”

The Honorees of 2020

As the Foundation noted, the 2020’s class is no exception to this tradition.

”Class of 2020 selectees includes corporate founders and CEOs, digital content creators, actors and musicians, attorneys and legal advisors and many other professionals — all of whom are also deeply involved in philanthropic causes,” the Greek America Foundation said in its announcement.

“We launched Greek America’s Forty Under 40 in 2010 as a way to recognize, honor, and celebrate the brightest and most successful members of our community who excel not only professionally but also philanthropically,” Greek America Foundation Founder and President Gregory Pappas said. “We are especially proud to continue this tradition in 2020 despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and to share a message of positivity with our supporters.”

Including the latest honorees, the Forty Under 40 Awards have now recognized 200 exceptional individuals from various walks of life and from throughout North America.

You can click here to see the full details of all 40 of the class of 2020.

Who is the Greek America Foundation

The Greek America Foundation is a non-profit corporation in the state of New York whose mission is to “preserve, perpetuate and promote Greek culture and ideals.” They accomplish this mission through three strategic programming areas: social and cultural events, educational scholarships, and charitable aid to Greece.

Their commitment to donors, members, and supporters is to offer relevant and compelling programming, maintain utmost transparency and ensure the long-term viability of this organization.

The Greek America Foundation has a long-term goal to build two endowment funds that will allow the organization to run in perpetuity.

The Scholarship Endowment Fund goal is $10,000,000 which will be enough to fund 40 annual Semester in Athens scholarships. This endowment fund is currently funded by families wishing to memorialize or honor family or loved ones with scholarships in perpetuity.

The Operations Endowment Fund goal is also $10,000,000 which will sustain annual operations. A portion of its members’ dues is automatically applied to this fund, as are some of the proceeds from their major events.