|(L to R) Efthalia Katos, MC, New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Bishop Andonios, Arete Cherpelis, Stephen Cherpelis, Archbishop Demetrios of America, and Haeda Mihaltses.
Stephen Cherpelis, a long-time member of Leadership 100, was honored with the 2014 Archangel Michael Award by St. Michael’s Home at the Annual Name Day Gala on November 9, 2014, at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.
Cherpelis, joined by his wife, Arete, also a member of Leadership 100, was commended for his leadership in business and philanthropy and for his devoted support of the Greek Orthodox Church, the Greek American Community, and many contributions to local, national and international causes.
An Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and 1st Vice President of the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Cherpelis is a devoted member of St. Nicholas Church of Flushing, New York, where he and his wife were instrumental in the building of an expanded community center and school. He also served as Vice Chair of the New York Diocesan Council and fund raising chairman for the Ronald McDonald House.
A recipient of an honorary plaque from His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for his role in the opening of the School of E.R.T.O. in Constantinople, and the St. Paul’s Medal and Officiate of Reader from Archbishop Demetrios of America, Cherpelis contributed to the financing of the Greek Orthodox Church in Cuba. He assisted dozens of families to emigrate from war-torn Greece during World War II. He was also was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.