For Immediate Release
Contact: Athanasia T. Diamantis
New York - In a tribute dinner held at the Carlyle Hotel held on January 4th, Professor Antonios Trakatellis, MD, PhD, received recognition from the Order of Saint Andrew and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, for his various notable contributions through medicine and public service.
Vice President of the European Parliament, Professor Trakatellis, also holds the title Archon Megas Hartophylax and is the Head of the Greek Delegation of EPP-ED, to name a few. He is the author of more than 120 scientific papers, wrote ten books in the field of biochemistry and is a Special Advisor for environmental issues of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
In his speech to the attendees, National Commander, Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis, expressed his personal perspective from the Order of Saint Andrew, that "the priceless service Professor Trakatellis has committed to the Ecumenical Patriarchate through his action, through his contacts and through his liaison with the Archons facilitating their multiple meetings at the European Union, have been invaluable".
Professor Trakatellis began his speech by thanking his brother, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, and the Archons for planning and organizing the notable dinner, and his fellow Archons who were present. "I think my wife Tania would agree that tonight's event is one of the most memorable for the both of us," said Trakatellis. Among the issues that he talked about in his speech, Trakatellis conveyed his wholehearted support regarding the advertisements that were placed in the New York Times, the New York Post and The International Herald Tribune concerning the Religious Freedom issue surrounding the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He also remarked on the re-opening of the School of Halki and Turkey joining the European Union.
The plaque, presented by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis and Vice Commander Nicholas J. Bouras, emphasized Professor Trakatellis' "inestimable support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate" and his "distinguished contribution to his fellow man through medicine and public service".
Concluding the night, His Eminence cut and distributed the Vasilopita to the members of the National Council and the Regional Commanders in celebrating the beginning of the New Year.
Athanasia T. Diamantis
Order of Saint Andrew
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