‘An institution for our community’: Sydney University Greek Society celebrates 65 years

Past and present members of the Sydney University Greek Society (SUGS) rocked up to Le Montage in Lilyfield, Sydney on Friday, March 10 to celebrate the society’s 65th anniversary.

The anniversary celebrations mean SUGS is Australia’s oldest university Greek society.

Members of the Kytherian Youth Association attended the ball. All photos copyright: The Greek Herald / Andriana Simos.
Young members of SUGS.
Table 17 at SUGS.

On the night, attendees celebrated this momentous occasion with live entertainment by FiloXenia band, great food, unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks, and even better company.

FiloXenia band.
Dancing the night away.

There were a number of official guests including the Sir Nicholas Laurantus Chair in Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies at USYD, Professor Vrasidas Karalis; current SUGS President, Kosta Plegas; as well as many other past Presidents of the Society.

In a speech, Professor Vrasidas thanked everyone for attending the event and for being “loyal friends” SUGS.

“Nothing can happen at Sydney University without the collaboration of students. You are the heart of the university. Not just the heart but essentially the main locomotive that moves the university forward. You are the future,” Professor Vrasidas stressed about the Society and its student members.

Mr Plegas also gave a speech on the night, outlining the recent activities of SUGS to reconnect with its members including youth nights and cultural events.

The event was sold-out.

“The 65th anniversary ball of SUGS serves as a reminder to all of how a student society can grow into an institution and a staple of the Greek Australian community,” Mr Plegas.

“It has enriched the lives of many and I’m sure it will continue to hold a special place in the hearts of all.”

Following these speeches, as well as a raffle draw of prizes such as a gold cross by Aurea Designs Jewellers and flowers by Mr Roses, everyone hit the floor to dance the night away.

Gold cross prize.
Group photo.
Boys do a zeibekiko.

*All photos copyright: The Greek Herald / Andriana Simos.


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