The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) is a service organization founded on July 26, 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia, by 8 visionary Greek American businessmen. This name was created by its original founders and represents what is now the oldest and largest Greek heritage membership organization in the United States. AHEPA's mission is to support Greek- American charities, causes, and communities. It works closely with the Greek Orthodox Church. Its ladies' auxiliary, the Daughters of Penelope, was founded in 1929. It supports two youth groups, the Sons of Pericles (established in 1926) and the Maids of Athena (1930).
The AHEPA was founded as a fraternity in Atlanta, Georgia in July 1922 following growing attacks on Greek Americans and Greek American businesses by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and others. Its initial mission was to promote the image of Greeks in America, assist them with citizenship and to fight against KKK attacks. With the full assimilation of Greek Americans, its mission evolved toward philanthropy, civic responsibility, education, and promoting and preserving the Hellenic identity of the Greek Americans. 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 Chapter 113 is an autonomous chapter affiliated with the national AHEPA organiaztion, which is located in Washington, D.C.
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