NEW YORK – The Hellenic Lawyers Association (HLA) held its 31st Annual Gala on November 1 at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan. This year’s event honored George James Tsunis, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Chartwell Hotels, LLC, Chairman of the Battery Park City Authority, and Chairman of the Board of Nassau University Medical Center. Also an attorney, developer, philanthropist, and public policy advisor with a strong interest in the intersection of economic and foreign affairs, Tsunis received the HLA’s Distinguished Service Award.
The event began with a cocktail hour followed by the presentation which kicked off with the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard presenting the colors. Christopher Macchio gave a powerful performance of the U.S. National Anthem which was followed by the Greek National Anthem performed by all those present.