Simotas Named Greek-American Woman of the Year
New York, N.Y. – In celebration of Women’s History Month, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas was presented with the “Greek American Woman of the Year” award last week by the Association of Greek American Professional Women (AGAPW). The ceremony was held at the home of Dr. Virginia Davies, and was attended by the Consul General of Greece, Hon. Georgios Iliopoulos, and The Consul General of Cyprus, Hon. Koula Sophianou.
AGAPW is a nonprofit group founded in New York City in 2010, begun and operated by women on a volunteer, pro bono basis. It serves as a forum for information, resources, support, and networking opportunities for Greek-American women. The organization aims to continue the proud Hellenic tradition of strong women who seek to improve the quality of their lives, families, and communities in the U.S., Greece and other areas of the world.
“It is my distinct honor to accept this award on behalf of all Greek-American women,” Simotas said. “It is so important that we celebrate the accomplishments of women both in New York and throughout our great nation. Serving as role models for young girls in our society can only strengthen and solidify the cause of women’s rights, an area where we still have so much work to do.”
New York University student Vaia Trittas was also presented with an “Excellence Tuition Scholarship” in the amount of $3,000 in honor of Simotas by Dr. Aphrodite Desiree Navab, the vice-president of AGAPW.