24 Nov Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving Dinner by the Propeller Club Piraeus and the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce of Greece.
After a year of absence in a friendly environment, the annual Thanksgiving dinner was held on Wednesday, November 24 at the Hilton Hotel in Athens.
As accustomed, the dinner was co-organized by the International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus, and the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce of Greece.
The dinner was attended by approx. 400 guests from the shipping and trade sector.
Honored by the presence of the US Ambassador in Greece, Geoffrey R. Pyatt, the guest list also included reputable guests such as Deputy Chief of Mission, David Burger, Economic Officer, Geoff Keogh, and Defense and Naval Attaché of USA, Michael Biery.
The President of the Maritime Chamber of Greece, Dr George D. Pateras, the President of the Piraeus Maritime Club, Mrs Irene Daifa, and former Presidents of the Propeller Club, Messrs. Vlassis Katrantzos and Marios Kyriakou, was also among the evening’s noted guests.
Welcomed by the Presidents of the Propeller Club Piraeus and the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce of Greece, the distinguished guests were also greeted with a short address by the Ambassador.
In his speech, the President of the Propeller Club, Mr Frangoulis, stressed the importance of the evening, that this year — in the midst of a global pandemic — is a night of gratitude but also of mutual support. He also emphasised that the Propeller Club and the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce will strengthen their efforts to work together on creating projects for the future. Finally, Mr Frangoulis shared his thoughts of gratitude to all the seafarers who keep the ships and the Greek shipping afloat and wished all guests happy holidays.
Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt commenced his speech with a toast in honor of all the scientists who contributed to the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, a pandemic that has burdened humanity for more than 20 months now. He praised the progress of the Greek economy, even in the midst of a pandemic, and the even stronger ties between the United States and Greece. In closing, he stated that when his term ends, no earlier than 2022, he will definitely keep a piece of Greece in his heart and plans to return soon.
Courtesy of the American Farm School, 10 complimentary turkey coupons were given at the event.
The evening ended with a short music program by the talented Eva Sakellari and her orchestra.