2010-05-05 / Features

Vallone Honors Maroulis, Community Groups For Greek Independence Day

Councilmember Vallone presents Constantine Maroulis, a contestant on American Idol and star of the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” with a proclamation honoring Greek-Americans during Greek Independance Day. Councilmember Vallone presents Constantine Maroulis, a contestant on American Idol and star of the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” with a proclamation honoring Greek-Americans during Greek Independance Day. Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. hosted the City Council’s celebration of the 189th anniversary of Greek Independence on April 26, commemorating the contributions of Greek culture to America and recognizing several Greek New Yorkers for their achievements. Hundreds of people were on hand to enjoy the event, which included keynote speaker Constantine Maroulis, distinguished honorees and dignitaries, classical Greek dances and a wide array of Mediterranean cuisine. This year’s ceremony, a longstanding tradition for the city council, took place in the council chambers of City Hall.

“This country was built on the Greek ideals of freedom, democracy and liberty. I continue to live by those ideals and carry them out every day through my work at City Hall,” Vallone said. “The Greek American community is a vibrant and vital part of what makes New York City the greatest City in the world.”

Vallone presented City Council Proclamations to several deserving individuals and organizations, including Constantine Maroulis, a contestant on American Idol and star of the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages”. Vallone also honored the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals and the Forum on Orthodox Spirituality (FOS) of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Honorees in attendance also included Consul General of Greece Aghi Balta, Consul General of Cyprus Koula Sophianou and President of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York Demetrius Kalamaras.

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