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AHEPA was founded on July 26, 1922 in response to the evils of bigotry and racism that emerged in early 20th century American society.  It also helped Greek immigrants assimilate into society.  The mission of the AHEPA Family is to promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence.  These principles include a commitment to humanity, freedom, and democracy.  Although a majority of the membership is composed of Americans of Greek descent, application for membership is open to anyone who believes in the mission of the organization.  

AHEPA's deeds can be seen in the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; in the Halls of St. Basil's Academy; in the building of our churches; it contributes over $1 million annually, to Greek Orthodox Communities through our local chapters; in the financial contributions toward the research for cures of deadly diseases. Yet, this only scratches the surface of the numerous philanthropic works of the association.  

Briefly, consider the following few examples; AHEPA has helped to defray the mortgages and bills on many churches; including the St. Photios National Shrine in St. Augustine, Florida; AHEPA amassed $162 million during the United States' World War II war bond drive; Construction of the 400-bed AHEPA Wing to Evangelismos Hospital in Athens and the AHEPA Hospital in Thessaloniki, Greece; Construction of seven AHEPA Health Care Centers in rural areas of Greece; Funding of the Dr. George Papanicolaou Cancer Research Institute in Miami.  The preservation and promotion of these ideals is where AHEPA has, and always will be, deeply committed.   

AHEPA Space Coast Chapter #A401 was issued their charter on, April 22, 1961.   It currently has 40 members.  Last year the Chapter awarded $5000 in scholarships.  The Chapter also organizes various fundraisers throughout the year; Special breakfasts & dinners; Super Bowl Party; and the Annual Dinner Dance, to name a few.

AHEPA Space Coast Chapter #A401 meets every second Tuesday of the month at the St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Community Center, located at 5965 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32940.  The Chapter does not meet in the months of June, July, and August.   

For further information contact Jim Papageorge:



James Papageorge

Vice President

Sab Patrizio


Ed Powers

Space Coast Chapter #A401


Dail Echevarria

A.H.E.P.A. Members