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Association of Greek American Professional Women
Dr. Aphrodite Navab, Gloria Cressler, Dr. Olga Alexakos, Olympia Dukakis, Paul Sladkus, Stavroula Toska.
Dr. Aphrodite Navab, Gloria Cressler, Dr. Olga Alexakos, Olympia Dukakis,
 Paul Sladkus, Stavroula Toska.
Video courtesy of Good News Broadcasting




               BY: Gloria Consolacion T. Cressler
 Editor: Black Tie International Magazine
An evening spent with the Oscar and Golden Globe award winning actress Olympia Dukakis is a night to truly revel in, and to remember. This fabulous lady took her time greeting every guest, and graciously was photographed with guests. Ms. Dukakis enjoying herself, ended up staying longer with us than anticipated. The event was held at the ever popular World Bar located at the Trump Towe
r by the United Nations.
The event was hosted by the Association of Greek American Professional Women (A.G.A.P.W.)  headed by it's energetic hard working Founder and President Dr. Olga  Alexakos. It was well attended with supporters and very important guests, starting with Consul General of Cyprus in New York, Ambassador Vassilis Philippou; Deputy Permanent Representative of Greece to New York, Ambassador Nancy Vraila; Mrs. Anthoussa Diakopoulou, wife of the Consul General of Greece in New York George Iliopoulos; Judge Harriet George; Mrs. Penny Tsilas, wife of Ambassador Lucas Tsilas, Executive Director the Onassis Foundation USA; Artist Dr. Aphrodite Navab, AGAPW's VP; Dr. Katherine Schwab of Fairfield University; Singer Anastasia Zannis; Ms. Maria Christodoulou, Chief of Staff, Onassis Foundation USA; Comedian Ms. Ellen Karis; Doctors, Attorneys, Bankers, women from the performing arts and the business world among the guests.
The evening began with a meet and greet; cocktails were served, sumptuous food and fine wines followed.TV interviews were held
GOODNEWSBROADCAST.COM, Black Tie International Magazine and the NATIONAL HERALD's Constantine Sirigos.

Following the reception   an interesting and captivating discussion followed about the life and career of Ms. Dukakis moderated by the lovely Greek-born Film Director Stavroula Toska.
 The guests enthusiastically asked her questions, and she happily obliged and answered all their questions. 
Ms. Dukakis was born in Lowell, MA, daughter of Greek immigrants Constantine Dukakis and Alexandra Christos Dukakis. She attended Boston University and graduated with a BA; she majored in Physical Therapy with which she practiced during the polio epidemic. Later, she returned to Boston University and entered the graduate program in performing arts and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree.
Ms. Dukakis performed in Shakespearean companies throughout the United States and also on stage on Broadway and the National Theatre in London, and acted in several famous movies. She did not become a household name until she reached the age of 56 when she won an Oscar for her performance as Cher's sardonic mother in the romantic comedy Moonstruck in 1987. In the 30 years since then she has had an illustrious career, both in comedy and drama. She has performed in many different and wonderful ethnic roles from
(Greek, to Italian, Jewish, Eastern Europeans and others).   
Ms. Dukakis won the Oscar as Best Supporting Actress awarded for Moonstruck, the Life Achievement Award from the Greek America Foundation, and the Medal of Honor from the National Arts Club. More awards included: Obie Award, Best Actress Awards in various Film Festivals worldwide, Golden Globe Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Award, American Comedy Award, Emmy, and BAFTA nominations and many more. She received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This fabulous actress is remarkably talented, highly admired,
and truly an inspiration for all of us. 

Ms. Dukakis is married to Yugoslav-American actor Louis Zorich.
The New York based couple co-founded the Whole Theatre Company in Montclair New Jersey, which remained active for 19 years (1971-1990).
Also, Ms. Dukakis is a best-selling author for her Autobiography 
Ask me again tomorrow: A Life in Progress, published in 2003. As one of the cousins of the one-time presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, she is a strong advocate for women’s rights and environmental causes. Ms. Dukakis is also on the lecture circuit, covering topics on her amazing life, the theatre, alzheimers' disease, diabetes, domestic violence and osteoporosis.
She and her husband are hardcore New Yorkers, and also believe in that sign
 "I love New York."
My personal and fondest wish is that I can get all my friends to move to New York, so they can come and enjoy this great life that we are all participating in this great city. Most people are accommodating in this city, always willing to support different charities, and we truly never have a dull moment. We are all so very fortunate to live in the most wonderful city in the world where the great people in this city make it so much more beautiful every day.
We are grateful and thankful to our guests, Film Director Stavroula Toska for moderating the discussion, in which she did a fabulous job; Dr. Olga Alexakos, the President of (A.G.A.P.W), who did a terrific job putting this all together, and the support of the members, and guests who supported this event. And of course we thank our Sponsors starting including myself, Gloria T. Cressler, the CEO/Founder of Elite Professional Networking Group, Black Tie International Magazine and Aerial Design and Build.
We also want to thank Mr. Kenneth McClure the Vice President and Group General Manager of Hospitality Holdings and his staff, for their great service and well prepared sumptuous foods. All the guests enjoyed their food, the wine selections, and the great service.
This is your host Gloria T. Cressler, signing off.

We will see you at our next event! For Invitations to our next events

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June 14, Black Tie Gala Event & Fashion Show Sheraton Hotel Ballroom
July 15, Mid Summer Celebration at the World Bar at the TRUMP TOWER.
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Actress Olympia Dukakis and film director Stavroula Toska
 Film director Stavroula Toska, Actress Olympia Dukakis
 Dr. Olga Alexakos, Dr. Aphrodite Navab, Judge Harriet George
 Dr. Olga Alexakos, Dr. Aphrodite Navab, Judge Harriet George
Kenneth McClure VP & General Manager Hospitality Holdings, Olympia Dukakis and singer Anastasia Zannis
Kenneth McClure VP & General Manager Hospitality Holdings, 
Olympia Dukakis and singer Anastasia Zannis
Stavroula Toska, Olympia Dukakis, Dr. Olga Alexakos
Stavroula Toska, Olympia Dukakis, Dr. Olga Alexakos
 Ambassador Vassilis Philippu, Dr. Olga Alexakos,
 Ambassador Vassilis Philippu, Dr. Olga Alexakos,
Ambassador Nancy Vraila, Olympia Dukakis
Maria Christodoulou, Gloria Cressler, Olympia Dukakis, Stavroula Toska,
Maria Christodoulou, Gloria Cressler, Olympia Dukakis, Stavroula Toska,
 Dr. Olga Alexakos
Ambassador Vassilis Philippou, Judge Harriet George, Olympia Dukakis
 Ambassador Vassilis Philippou, Judge Harriet George, Olympia Dukakis

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