2011 Archived News

Ms Eleni Cutitt, Founder of the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles to receive award

The American College of Greece honours six prominent women

Award-winning actress Melina Kanakaredes will be the recipient of the coveted Heritage Greece Award during the 2011 Alumni Awards Benefit Dinner of The American College of Greece. The event will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall.

Six prominent women from business, the arts, academia and public life – all alumnae of The American College of Greece – will be honored with awards.

Ms.Eleni Cubitt, founder of the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles, will receive the Maria West Lifetime Achievement Award, named after the American missionary who founded the College in Smyrna in 1875.

ACG has declared 2011 ‘Year of the Woman’ in honor of Ms. West and the other courageous women missionaries who kept it alive in the first decades of its existence, but also as a reminder of the critical role women have played in its entire 135-year history.

Melina Kanakaredes will be honored for her stellar career in theater, film and television, for her philanthropy, and for her contribution to the preservation of Hellenic culture in America.

The award statuettes have been designed by noted sculptor Athena Politopoulou – Kargsten. Master of ceremonies will be the celebrated investigative journalist and TV co-anchor, Sophia Papaioannou, a graduate of The American College of Greece.

Part of the proceeds from the 2011 Alumni Awards Benefit Dinner will strengthen the ACG’s Alumni Scholarship Fund.