The MUGA Annual Ball organised by the Macquarie University Greek Studies Association (MUGA) and the Macquarie Greek Studies Foundation (MGSF) under the auspices of the Consulate General of Greece in Sydney took place at Conca D’oro in Riverwood on Friday, 6 May.
The ball was a huge success with 318 attendees. Over $60,000 was raised for the Modern Greek Studies Program of Macquarie University. Among the distinguished guests and officials were His Grace Bishop Bartholomew of Charioupolis representing His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia, His Grace Bishop Christodoulos of Magnesia, Christos Karras, the Consul General of Greece in Sydney, Mark Coure MP, NSW Minister for Multiculturalism, Sophie Cotsis MP, Member for Canterbury, Professor Martina Möllering, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University, Dr Patricia Koromvokis, Lecturer in Modern Greek Studies at Macquarie University, Theo Premetis, President of the MGSF, George Giovas, Managing Director, Axius Partners, Stergitsa Zamagias-Hill representing The Hellenic Initiative – Australia, Harry Danalis, President of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW, Bill Skandalakis, AHEPA NSW Grand President, Father Athanasios Giatsios, among many others.
Dr Patricia Koromvokis introduced a new initiative of the Macquarie Greek Studies Foundation Limited and the MUGA for honouring people who have highly contributed towards the Program of Modern Greek Studies of Macquarie University. The inaugural ‘Award of Philhellenism 2022’ was presented by Dr Patricia Koromvokis to Professor Möllering because “her ethos and solidarity have been an era in the trajectory of the Program of Modern Greek Studies” and she has been instrumental in “securing the future sustainability” of the Program. The inaugural ‘Major Contributor Award 2022’ was presented by Mr Premetis to Ms Sophie Cotsis “for her dedicated service, tireless work, and countless contributions towards the MGSF”.