The annual ball co-organised by the Macquarie University Greek Studies Association (MUGA) and the Macquarie Greek Studies Foundation (MGSF) has managed to raise over $60,000.
The event, which took place at Conca D’oro in Riverwood, Sydney last Friday evening was hosted under the auspices of the Consulate General of Greece in Sydney and was attended by 250 guests.
Consul General of Greece, Christos Karras; the NSW Minister for Multiculturalism, Mark Coure MP; Member for Canterbury, Sophie Cotsis MP; their Graces Bishop Bartholomew of Charioupolis and Bishop Christodoulos of Magnesia; the President of the MGSF, Theo Premetis; the CEO of the Hellenic Initiative of Australia, Stergitsa Zamagias-Hill; the President of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW, Harry Danalis; the AHEPA NSW Grand President, Bill Skandalakis; the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University, Professor Martina Mollering; Lecturer in Modern Greek Studies at Macquarie University, Dr Patricia Koromvokis; and Father Athanasios Giatsio were in attendance including many others.
President of MUGA, Zoe Re, welcomed everyone to the event before introducing the speakers to the stage. Several officials addressed the attendees highlighting the significance of the the program of Modern Greek Studies at Macquarie University in the preservation of the Hellenic identity and culture in Australia.
Lecturer in Modern Greek Studies at Macquarie University, Dr Patricia Koromvokis said that the Modern Greek Studies Program of Macquarie University in terms of the extension and promotion of the Greek language and culture has been dynamic and helps to further bridge Greece and Australia.
Dr Koromvokis also announced the new ‘Award of Hellenism’ by MUGA and the MGSF, which will honour people who have significantly contributed towards Modern Greek studies at the university.
Finally, Ms Cotsis was presented with the ‘Major Contributor Award 2022’ for her dedicated service, tireless work and countless contributions towards the MGSF.
The ball concluded with lots of dancing, a raffle sale and auction.