|Dr. Spiros Spireas, left, presented with award by Antonis Diamataris
Leadership 100 members Nick Andriotis and Dr. Spiros Spireas were among nine honorees recognized for their achievements and service to the Greek-American Comminity at the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Ethnikos Kyrix National Herald. Publisher-Editor Antonis Diamataris of both Ethnikos Kyrix-National Herald and its sister publication, the English-language The National Herald led the festivities at the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue in New York City on May 22, 2015. Some 450 guests were in attendance.
In his remarks, Diamataris noted that “the fact that a Greek Language newspaper has managed to survive here in America for a century is not only remarkable, but also astounding.” In acknowledging the evening’s honorees, he recognized the leadership and contributions of Nick Andriotis in Hellenic Education in the establishment and success of St. Demetrios High School in Astoria- the only Greek-American high school in America. In turning to Dr. Spiros Spireas, whom he presented with a double award for philanthropy and service, he extolled him as a pillar of the Greek-American Community and as a leader in the pharmaceutical industry whose philanthropy in preserving the Greek-American identity is unmatched.
The other honorees included Andreas C. Dracopoulos, Co- President of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, who was presented with the Benefactor of Hellenism Award; Phillip Christopher, as Advocate for Cyprus; Fr. Demetrios Constantelos, Ph.D., as Exemplary Clergyman; Dr. Evangelos Gizis, as Academic Leader; Dr. George Kofinas, as Scientist, Doctor and Community Leader; Stella Kokolis, as Advocate of Greek Paideia; and Nikos Tsakanikis, as Innovative Businessman. Theodore Spyropoulos was recognized posthumously as Philanthropist and Community Leader.