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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 26 November 2016
NEWS 4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM HACCI acknowledges Australian Hellenes’ contribution The HACCI board congratulates all of Friday night’s award recipients. L-R: Ange Postecoglou (Sporting Excellence), Con Mylonas (Joint Professional Excellence), Helen Zahos (Community Service), Gregory Gavrilides (Lifetime Achievement), Fotini Karakitsos (Young Achievement), Kathy Tsaples (Business Excellence), Professor Dennis Velakoulis (Joint Professional Excellence). The Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry last Friday night recognised the best and brightest of the Hellenic Australian community, with the 2016 HACCI Excellence Awards. This year's Gala Ball was held on Friday 18 November at the Grand Hyatt's mesmerising Savoy Ballroom. Kyriakos Gold was the MC for the night, making sure everything ran smoothly. Recognised as the premier business and community awards for the Hellenic Australian community, the HACCI Excellence Awards acknowledge and reward organisations and individuals that have achieved excellence in the following categories: The Spiros Stamoulis Award for Lifetime Achievement went to Gregory Gavrilides, businessman, philanthropist and pillar of the Sydney Hellenic Australian Community which he has worked tirelessly and generously to support over many years. Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou received the Award for Sporting Excellence, courtesy of the South Melbourne Football Club. The Roos coach, who recently steered the national side to victory in the AFC Asian Cup, has played a role in changing the Australian football landscape, transforming the way Australians play football. The Delphi Bank Award for Business Excellence went to the sweetest Greek, Kathy Tsaples, former investment banker, cancer survivor, author and proprietor of Prahran Market's namesake shop, Sweet Greek. Helen Zahos brought the entire room to tears when receiving the Award for Community Service, sponsored by Security Plus Shutters and Blinds. The emergency nurse and humanitarian volunteer, who recently returned from Greece, where she had been working to provide relief to those caught up in the refugee crisis, gave a moving acceptance speech recalling her memories from Lesvos and the refugee camps at the northern border. The Award for Professional Excellence, awarded by Doncaster Jaguar Land Rover has two winners this year. The first to receive it was Con Mylonas, former neurosurgeon, now barrister, board member of Austin Health and chairman of the Audit committee and founding member and present chairman of the Spinal Research Institute. Professor Dennis Velakoulis, head of neuropsychiatry at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the clinical professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne, who has developed an international reputation for neuropsychiatry research, especially in the area of schizophrenia research, also took to the stage to thank HACCI and the Greek Australian community for awarding him. Last but not least, geologist, microbiologist and researcher with Rio Tinto Fotini Karakitsos, received the Award for Young Achievement. "We are incredibly proud of this year's winners," said HACCI chair Georgegina Poulos. "None of them has sought the limelight, but through their endeavour and tenacity, they represent the best and brightest of our community. They embody the excellence we seek to recognise through these awards," she said. The magnificent Sapphire Dance from India made an appearance at HACCI's Excellence Awards Gala Ball, with its reworking of a tra- ditional Greek-Cypriot song into a Bollywood tune getting the biggest applause. Esteemed guests and HACCI members also had the chance to enjoy Greek music from an orchestra of local musicians, Bouzouki, and listen to songs by the Taxithi outfit featuring singers and actors Maria Mercedes, Helen Yiotis Patterson and Artemis Ioannides. * The Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) was established in 1964 to represent the Hellenic Australian business and professional community and to promote bilateral trade between Greece and Australia. To find out more head to www.hacci.com.au The Taxithi outfit touched the audience with heritage songs telling migrant stories. Full attendance at the Hyatt’s Savoy Ballroom. Bouzouki band members.
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