PanCretan Association of America hosts 45th National Convention in San Francisco

4th of July Grand Banquet honors Veterans, features recording artist Tony Orlando performing at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero

San Francisco, CA —The PanCretan Association of America (PAA), the nation’s largest Cretan cultural and philanthropic organization, hosts its biennial convention in San Francisco, CA , June 30th through July 5, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero.  Boasting thousands of members throughout the United States, the PAA is returning to San Francisco for the first time since 1974. The week long convention will feature major events every night, business meetings throughout the week, a picnic in Calistoga at Macedonian Park and a Grand Banquet on the 4th of July that will honor Veterans from throughout the State of California. To top off the event, famed musician, recording artist and fellow Cretan, Tony Orlando, will be singing that night to honor our Veterans. Orlando, a long time supporter of Veterans, will be the highlight of the many events throughout the week.

Tony Orlando performing at the 2007 Hellenic Charity Ball.

“We wanted to put together a week that really highlighted our beautiful City by the Bay,” noted Chair John Monolakis. “We have been working with an incredible team of volunteers who have been working for over two years to make this event a success. We can’t wait to welcome our guests from around the globe to our beautiful City,” added Co-Chair Diane Kounalakis.


Cretan musician ​I​lias Horeftakis.

Some of the highlights of the week include a Welcome Night on June 30 that will feature a SF culinary experience. Cretan Night on July 1 features famed Cretan musicians Ilias Horeftakis, Stelios Iliakis, Diamantis Kosidekakis, Kostas Frantzeskakis and Giannis Gantadakis along with dance troupes from around the country performing. On Sunday, July 2, convention attendees and families will be traveling to Napa Valley to enjoy a day-long celebration in Calistoga. The next evening, July 3rd, will honor the Women of the PanCretan as well as showcase the Cretan Culture. On 4th of July, the grand celebration will take place with exclusive guest artist Tony Orlando singing some of his biggest hits, including “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree,” and so much more.  Finally, on July 5th, the Farewell Party will send off guests until the next convention convenes in 2019. Throughout the week, the PAA will feature cultural workshops in association with the Politismos Museum, excursions throughout SF and late night dancing at the hotel to keep everyone dancing until the wee hours of the morning.

The convention is open to everyone who loves Cretan culture. To purchase a package for the convention or to purchase single tickets, visit and register today.  Some events may sell out so it is strongly recommended that tickets are purchased in advance.  The full week-package includes a bus ticket for all major events. Single tickets do not include the bus ticket, but they can be purchased separately.

The Epimenides/Ariadne Chapters of the PAA are more than 85 years old and together with the PAA have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for philanthropic endeavors both here and in Greece. The organization supports scholarships, educational programs and philanthropies that make a positive difference in the lives of many.

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