(Las Vegas, Nevada, United States) – The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, or AHEPA, recently honored Greek entertainer and comedian, Basile Katsikis, at this year’s 94th Grand Banquet, which was held at The Mirage Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada at their annual Supreme Convention. The goal of the Grand Banquet is to honor individuals in the Greek community who have made positive contributions to their communities and to the AHEPA organization as a whole.
Basile Katsikis, who is known for his Greek-oriented comedy routines and entertainment, is an actor, comedian, entertainer, and voice actor. He is the 2016 recipient of the AHEPA Academy of Achievement Award in the Arts. He was presented the award at the banquet by former Supreme President Ike Gulasend and the current Supreme Present John Galanis. Both gave speeches, and Galanis thanked Basile for his ability to bring people together by making them laugh. In addition to that, Basile has also helped Gulas raise money for AHEPA’s Cooley’s Anemia Foundation.
Galanis also said during his speech that that, “Katsikis is a dedicated Hellene and Ahepan who shares AHEPA’s commitment to all facets of its mission, most notably, philanthropy,” Galanis said. “From his professional achievements to his charitable work in the community, AHEPA is thrilled to present him with this well-deserved honor. We are proud to count Mr. Katsikis as an Ahepan because he truly fulfills the organization’s mission on a daily basis.”
In addition to his comedy routines, Katsikis is also known as the voice of Rocky on the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show when it was remastered. The show originally aired in the 1960’s. He also played the voice of “Jimmy the Greek” in the series, 30 for 30 and Uncle Theo Saki in the short film, What’s Exit? He is currently on tour with his comedy routine and has several dates booked in the United States and overseas.