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NEW YORK LIFE DONATES ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO HELLENIC COLLEGE
FOR THE STUDY OF HELLENISM IN PONTUS AND ASIA MINOR


NEW YORK – New York Life Insurance Company presented Archbishop Demetrios with a one million dollars donation, last
Friday Jan. 9, for the establishment of the New York Life Center for the Study of Hellenism in Pontus and Asia Minor at
Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology, the Archdiocesan institution of higher learning and scholarship in
Brookline, Mass. This donation is part of New York Life’s outreach program to the heirs of Greek policyholders in the
Ottoman Empire.  

Ted Mathas, CEO and President of New York Life made the presentation during a visit with Archbishop Demetrios and
along with Dr. Thomas Lelon, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Hellenic College/Holy Cross signed the relevant
agreement. In addition, present at the meeting were Michael DeMicco and William Werfelman both officers of New York Life,
Bishop Andonios of Phasiane who facilitated the relalization of the project, and Fr. Elias Villis, parish priest of Mr. Mathas.

“We are grateful to New York Life for this significant donation and it is our conviction that this Center will add a unique and
dynamic dimension to the academic offering of our Hellenic College/Holy Cross,” stated His Eminence. “It is most
appropriate and fitting that our Church which now embraces the children and grandchildren of those refuges from Pontus
and Asia Minor, should do everything possible to keep alive the memory of these two once vibrant and prosperous
communities.   It is our sacred duty to educate everyone about the life of these people who comprised a very significant
portion of the flock of our revered Ecumenical Patriarchate which to this day is suffering from their demise.”

“We are very pleased to be here today,” said Mr. Mathas, at the conclusion of the meeting. “New York Life has a long history
of social responsibility and we work hard to fulfill all the commitments we have made in the past. This is an extraordinary
example for us to be able to reach back in our history and in as much as we can to provide some good will for what was a
great tragedy in Greek history. We had great cooperation from the Greek Orthodox Church and it is something we are very
proud of.”

and important role in the history of the area for three millennia producing successive waves of the highest quality cultures.
and important role in the history of the area for three millennia producing successive waves of the highest quality cultures.
The disastrous events with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the beginning of the Twentieth century not only resulted in
the death of hundreds of thousands of  Hellenes in both Pontus and Asia Minor but ultimately the forcible uprooting of over
1,5 million people from their ancestral homelands and the end of this long and significant chapter in history.1,5 million
people from their ancestral homelands and the end of this long and significant chapter in history.