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HELLENIC ASSOCIATION HONORS LEADERS WITH AWARDS FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO CULTURE OF CHURCH, COMMUNITY

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Recognizing the significance of "important contributions to the preservation of Hellenic culture and heritage," the Hellenic Cultural Association recently honored three Utahns and an Illinois educator.

Ted J. Speros, Salt Lake businessman and civic leader, was presented the AXIOS Award for Worthiness. Katina S. Kyremes and Billie Loukas were presented an equivalent award, known as AXIA, for a "lifetime of civic activity."Andrew T. Kopan, professor of education at DePaul University, Chicago, was the recipient of the Hellenic Heritage Award.

The awards were presented in conjunction with activities commemorating the second anniversary of the association's museum, located at the Greek Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral complex at 279 S. 300 West.

Speros served as president of the Parish Council and on numerous committees for the Greek Orthodox Church. He is a founder of the Utah Chapter of the National Conference on Christians and Jews, which works toward creating religious and racial understanding without compromising distinctive group identities.

Kyremes and her husband, Nick, immigrated from Greece in 1929. After his death in 1964, she donated property for the Central City Community Center, which honored her as Central City Citizen of the Year. Materials from the Hellenic Cultural Association praised her efforts to rear her son while a widow and her philosophy of taking pride in America as a place of "opportunity for everybody if they will work."

A well-known vocalist and performer, Loukas has been public relations director for the Utah Opera Company and Ballet West. At an early age she performed Greek provincial dances. In 1975 she organized the first Children's Choir at Holy Trinity Cathedral. She has been a soloist since 1954 for the Salt Lake Philharmonic Orchestra.

Kopan is an internationally recognized authority on multicultural education and Hellenic studies. Honored for his contributions to preserving Hellenism, he is author of several books and monographs on educational and Hellenic themes.