WHO IS THE SPONSORING ORGANIZATION
The Pancretan Association of America (PAA) is the parent organization and the Pancretan Association of America-Minoan Village, Inc. (PAA-MVI) is the fund-raising entity for the Capital Campaign. The Pancretan Association of America-Minoan Cultural Village (PAA-MCV) is the for-profit Greek corporation that will build the facility at Atsipopoulo, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece. The relationship of the three entities to the project is further defined on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
WILL THEY BE GOOD STEWARDS OF MY DONATION?
The PAA (www.pancretan.org) has been in existence since 1929, and has, over the last eighty years, provided guidance and support for numerous philanthropic, educational and cultural projects that have benefited Crete and the PAA community. Philanthropic gifts include:
- $1 million endowment fund benefiting the University of Crete, Herakleon and Rethymnon campuses, and the Polytechnic Institute of Crete Botanical Park at Chania, Crete.
- Over 850 educational scholarships valued at over $500,000.
- $350,000 for matching funds to build the "Venizelion Hospital", Herakleon, Crete.
- $85,000 donated to the hospital in Chania, Crete.
- $50,000 donated to the hospital in Rethymnon, Crete
- Funding for the first university press in Greece at the University of Crete.
The PAA-MVI Board of Directors will review and approve the projected annual operating budget for the cultural and educational programs to be conducted at the PAA-MCV host facility and the University of Crete. Using transparent, accounting best practices with oversight by the PAA-MVI Board, the PAA-MVI Treasurer will process donations and provide reports to donors on a timely basis.
The PAA and PAA-MVI Board of Directors are well-respected members of the Cretan community and are dedicated to the oversight and management of the PAA-MVI mission, project and the Capital Campaign.
A COMPELLING NEED: A Project Whose Time Has Come
The PAA strives to maintain a viable membership with knowledge and ties to their Hellenic Cretan heritage. This project will further the mission of the PAA and the PAA-MVI by providing a place where future generations of Cretan Americans can meet, learn, celebrate and embrace the gift of their Cretan birthright. Strengthening the ties of each succeeding generation of Cretan Americans is more important than ever before. If these organizations are to thrive in the future, we must begin here and now, working together to make the dream a reality.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS
- The project provides a dedicated facility in Crete for the pursuit of the PAA-MVI mission.
- It preserves the history and culture of Crete, benefiting future generations of the Pancretan Association of America.
- Provides economic development for Crete by creating jobs for the local community and by providing vendors, artisans, musicians and hospitality workers with a new venue for their services.
- Further develops the strategic relationship with the University of Crete, where many of the cultural and educational classes will be taught.
HAVE ALTERNATIVE FACILITIES BEEN CONSIDERED?
Yes. While there are opportunities to buy hotels in Crete at a lower cost, many of these require extensive renovations, are not located near the University of Crete, or do not have the on-site teaching venues, restaurants and meeting space envisioned for this project. We have considered the concept of buying an existing property that does not meet our objectives and trying to make it work. However, we feel designing the facility to meet our current and future needs on land near the University of Crete provided by the Parish of Atsipopoulo, in the long run, is the best option and will provide the best outcome.
STRATEGIC PARTNER: The University of Crete, Rethymnon
Our plan is tor work in partnership with the University of Crete as this project is completed, drawing upon their faculty, deep knowledge base, and use of their teaching facilities. As the project progresses, Cultural and Educational Program Committees will be formed to create actual class descriptions, outlines, schedules, fees, and operating budgets to be submitted for review and approval to the PAA-MVI Board. Committees will include experts in the field, representatives from the University of Crete, and members of the PAA community.
WHO IS OUR TARGET AUDIENCE?
Our primary target audience is the Pancretan Association of America community, followed by the general public. We anticipate that over 25,000 people per year will visit the facility based on the feasibility study conducted and 2012 occupancy rates at similar size hotels in Rethymnon, Crete.
We plan to promote and market the cultural and educational programs to Pancretan communities in the United States, Canada, European Union, Australia, the general public, and public and private universities and colleges in the United States. We plan to develop the cultural and educational programs into a study abroad cultural exchange program with international students.
In addition to colleges and universities, there are many service organizations, such as the Lion’s Club International Youth Exchange Program that facilitate international cultural exchange programs with over 40 countries.
Architectural renderings are included on this website under the Host Facility tab. The facility will have a distinctly Minoan design to support cultural authenticity. Plans call for:
- Sixty separate suites of various configurations, fully furnished with linens, kitchen items, televisions and Wi-Fi capabilities.
- Three classrooms on the main level that may be converted to one large meeting space.
- A teaching kitchen where culinary classes will be conducted.
- A Cretan folkdance practice studio.
- Two restaurants that can be combined into one large gathering space.
- Separate men’s and women’s saunas.
- An exercise room with fitness equipment.
- Laundry and housekeeping facilities.
- Reception area, administrative offices, staff break room.
- On-site concierge, travel office, and business center.
- Large swimming pool, amphitheater and tennis court.