Press Release – May 6th, 2011

New York – The Association of Greek American Professional Women (A.G.A.P.W.) under the auspices of the Greek General Consulate and Ambassador Hon. Aghi Balta held its inaugural annual celebration of “Mothers of Greek Descent.” on Thursday, May 5th, 6:00-8:00 p.m at the New York Greek Consulate. 

This very successful and well received event featured a photographic show and presentation by Dr. Marina Mkhitaryan on “Greeks of Armenia” dedicated to the memory of her Pontic mother (to download the flyer of the event in pdf format click here). There was a special appearance on Pontian Lyra by Demetris Stephanides of Pontian Society Komninoi. It was followed by a reception featuring traditional mezedes prepared by the Women of the Pontian Society Pontos of Norwalk. The photo exhibit will be open to the public until May 16th.

The Board of Directors of AGAPW would like to express our deepest gratitude to our hosts: Ambassador of Greece Ms. Aghi Balta and Consul of Greece Mr. Evangelos Kyriakopoulos; to our sponsors: Dr. Virginia Davies, the Pan-Pontian Federation of USA and Canada; Pontian Society of Norwalk CT, Pontos; our deepest gratitude to the Women of the Pontian Society Pontos of Norwalk, to Lyraris Demetris Stephanides, to the curator of the show photographer Eleftherions Konstans, to Mr. Dimitris Molohides, to Mr. George Tsilifidis and to Ms. Vasiliki Tsanaktsidou for doing so much to make this event possible. Out special thanks to Consul General of Cyprus Ms. Koula Sophianou, to Ms. Penny Tsilas, to Ms. Tina Santonineou for their attendance and continued support of AGAPW;  to the esteemed representatives of the Press, and all our guests and friends who contributed with their presence in making this a successful and memorable event.

Each year AGAPW will celebrate mothers of Greek descent by featuring the body of work of artists or other professionals inspired by and dedicated to Greek mothers and mothers of the Greek Diaspora. Our inaugural celebration in May 2011 will feature the ethnographic photographic work of Greek Armenian Dr. Marina Mkhitaryan.

Marina Mkhitaryan, born and raised in Yerevan Armenia to an Armenian father and a Pontic Greek mother has done extensive photographic research on the Greek community in Armenia. Her collection of archival family photos together with her own original photographs of Greek Armenians in their homes, communities and classrooms, where the Greek language is being taught, records the community’s rich history and accomplishments, their contributions to their homeland and continuous efforts to preserve the Greek language and culture and connect to the motherland. Marina has dedicated her work to the memory of her mother Nina Lazareva (Lazaridou) and to all Greek mothers. Please visit:

A.G.A.P.W. is a charitable and educational organization under Section 402 of the Non-for-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York. It was founded in New York City in March of 2010 and it is an independently run organization, started by and run by women. It serves as a forum for information, resources, support and networking opportunities for Greek-American women, who are working in various professional and business fields. The organization is seeking to expand career opportunities and promote community and leadership building among Greek-American professional women by forging collaborations among ourselves and establishing partnerships with other organizations inside and outside the Greek-American community. For further information please visit

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