Manatos Raises Funds for Make-A-Wish

Mike Manatos

Mike Manatos, of Bethesda, Maryland, a member of the Leadership 100 Board of Trustees who competed in his first Make-A-Wish Triathlon in 1997, has generated more than $500,000 for Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic to grant the wishes of 75 local children with life-threatening medical conditions. “The more I learned about Make-A-Wish, the more wish kids I met, the more deeply involved I wanted to get in the Foundation. It went from being a wonderful charity that I supported to one of my life’s passions,” said Manatos. Manatos, who is Senior Vice President at Manatos & Manatos, a government relations and public policy company in Washington, D.C., started out as a volunteer at the Foundation and later became a member of the chapter’s fundraising advisory board.  In 2008, he joined the Mid-Atlantic governing board of directors.

Manatos has had many memorable moments with Make-A-Wish over the years. His second date with his future wife and fellow Make-A-Wish Triathlon competitor, Laura, also a member of Leadership 100 and the Fox 5 News Anchor in the Washington, D.C. area, was spent at a wish send-off celebration. Also sharing in the joy are his three young children who join him each year in crossing the finish line.
 
“The moment I became a father, my commitment to and passion for the Foundation increased exponentially,” said Manatos. “The thought of how difficult it would be if one of my children ever had a life-threatening illness made me appreciate the power of a wish that much more.”
 
The Manatos family’s commitment to the Foundation does not end with his wife and children. His mother, Tina, also became involved with the Foundation, first as a volunteer and now as an enthusiastic wish granter, and his sister-in-law’s chocolate company, Edward Marc, has partnered with Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic for a number of events. Both parents, Andrew, President of Manatos & Manatos, and Tina are long-time members of Leadership 100.
 
Founded in 1983, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic has granted the wishes of more than 7,000 local children fighting life-threatening medical conditions such as cancer, pediatric AIDS, cystic fibrosis, Duchene’s muscular dystrophy, kidney and heart disease. In 2011, the Mid-Atlantic chapter granted a record number of 404 wishes.
Schedule of Livestreamed Events
  1. Opening Forum, 9:45 am-10:45 am, Thursday, February 21, 2019,

Rev. Fr. Alexander Goussetis and Presvytera Kerry Pappas of the Center for Family Care.

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  1. Bible Study,11:00 am-12:30 pm, Thursday, February 21, 2019,

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America

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  1. Health Forum, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm, Thursday, February 21, 2019, George D. Behrakis,

Dr. George Dangas, Dr. Harry T. Anastopoulos

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  1. Hellenic College-Holy Cross Office of Vocation and Ministry, 8:45am-9:15am,Friday, February 22, 2019, Dr. Ann Bezzerides, Director.

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  2. Lecture, 9:30 am-10:30 am, Friday, February 22, 2019,

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America

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  1. Keynote Address, Business Forum, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm, Friday, February 22, 2019,

George Veras, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer, Pro Football Hall of Fame

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  1. Glendi, 7:00 pm-11:00 pm, Friday, February 22, 2019

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  1. Saturday Forum, 10:30 am-12:00 pm, Saturday, February 23, 2019,

Stellene Volandes, Editor-in-Chief, Town & Country

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  1. Grand Banquet, Estimated time 8:15 pm, Saturday, February 23, 2019

Argyris Vassiliou, Chairman of Leadership 100 and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios present the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence to George Veras and Stellene Volandes. Archbishop Remarks.

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  1. Exclusive Interview of David Baker, President and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

by George Veras, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer. Estimated time, 9:15  pm, Saturday, February 23, 2019

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