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The great ‘Greek American Odyssey’

The great ‘Greek American Odyssey’

By Cassandra Tanti - May 11, 2022

Greece and America united for an evening of celebration at the Yacht Club of Monaco on Sunday, as the associations representing each country marked important anniversaries in the Principality.

In the presence of HSH Prince Albert II, as well as Ambassador of France to Monaco Laurent Stefanini, Minister of State Pierre Dartout and Petros Machas – Honorary Consul General of Greece in the Principality of Monaco, a joint Anniversary Gala took place on Sunday 8th May, in the prestigious setting of the Yacht Club de Monaco. It was hosted by the organising committees of both the Hellenic Community of Monaco as well as of the American Club of the Riviera, to celebrate their 70th and 60th respective anniversaries of their presence in the Principality.

Members and friends were invited to join in the jovial celebration, which featured a Greek folk dance group performing in traditional costume that had flown in exclusively for the gala.

From left to right: H.E. Ambassador of France to Monaco Laurent Stefanini, Minister of State Pierre Dartout, Sophia Vaharis Tsouvelekakis – President of the Hellenic Community of Monaco, H.S.H. Prince Albert II, Timothy Molyneux -President of the American Club of the Riviera, Petros Machas- Honorary Consul General of Greece in the Principality of Monaco.

In her speech, President of the Hellenic Community of Monaco Sophia Vaharis Tsouvelekakis shared the mission of the Hellenic Community as well as its role and activities in Monaco. Meanwhile, President of the American Club of the Riviera Timothy Molyneux talked about the importance of clubs and associations working together for the common good of the community.

Center: Sophia Vaharis Tsouvelekakis-President of the Hellenic Community of Monaco, H.S.H. Prince Albert II, Timothy Molyneux- President of the American Club of the Riviera, Elena Tsaldari- President of the Lyceum Club of Greek Women, with Folk Dancers from Greece

The Anniversary Gala celebration also included a fund-raising auction and, with the help of Safia el Malqui, the amount raised was €8,150, which is donated to the Cap-Optimist project to support the Monaco – Athens Crossing on Paddle boards, for the benefit of the Princess Charlene Foundation.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II surrounded by the ‘Greek American Odyssey’ team: Sophia Vaharis Tsouvelekakis- President of the Hellenic Community of Monaco and Timothy Molyneux- President of the American Club of the Riviera, together with Greek, Cypriot, American, Canadian members of both clubs.

 

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