Welcome to the

Daughters of Penelope

Salute to Women

The Salute to Women was founded by Past Grand President Honorable Betty Athanasakos and Past Grand President Joanna Panagopoulos Merakos. The idea originated in 1965 to recognize that the Daughters of Penelope was emerging as a major National and International Woman's Philanthropic Organization.

Since the Daughters of Penelope had proven to be a dynamic force in their local communities and was making a stir throughout the U.S., Canada, and Greece. Ms. Athanasakos recommended the Daughters of Penelope recognize an outstanding woman outside of the organization. Four years later, Grand President Merakos adopted the idea to honor a woman who represented and possessed the goals and ideals of the Daughters of Penelope and the "SALUTE" became a reality.

The first Salute to Women event was held at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Washington, DC. The Salute to Women is awarded biennially and is presented at a reception held during the AHEPA Family Supreme Convention.

The Daughters of Penelope are Proud to Announce Distributing Dignity as the 2018 Daughters of Penelope Salute to Women Award Honoree!


About Distributing Dignity

Distributing Dignity seeks to enhance the dignity of women in need by distributing new bras and feminine hygiene products. Distributing Dignity partners with nonprofit organizations that service women who are in and aging out of foster care, seeking refuge from domestic violence or abuse, are homeless veterans, teens and others, are struggling with life altering illness and/or displaced by disaster.

The Salute to Women event was held at the Supreme Convention in Atlantic City, NJ, on Thursday, July 26th. We thank all of our supporters of this worthy event and look forward to the next Salute to Women in 2020 in Orlando, Florida!