L100 in Action - Issue #3 (March 2009)

March 2009 | Issue #3

News In Action

Aristotle S. Onassis


Aristotle S. Onassis died on March 15, 1975. At that time, the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation amounted to no more than a few lines in his will and the express instruction that it was to bear the name of Alexander S. Onassis, his son, who had pre-deceased him, wishing to preserve his memory. On October 24, 2000, the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA) celebrated its inauguration and the opening of the Onassis Cultural Center, housed in The Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue in New York City. In 2005, the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, organized in 1984 as the vision of the late Archbishop Iakovos, Primate of North and South America, to support the National Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and advance Orthodoxy and Hellenism in America, moved its offices to The Olympic Tower, becoming a neighbor of the Onassis Foundation and cooperating with it in promoting Hellenism in the premiere venue of Hellenic culture in the United States.

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Leadership 100 News
Christ The Savior Church In Brookville, FL

Grants Go to Holy Cross, Home Missions and Clergy in Need

The Leadership 100 Grant Fund, under the chairmanship of Charles H. Cotros, which has raised $1,071,350 in cash and pledges from Leadership 100 members in the face of the economic downturn, has distributed $500,000 million to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology to continue support of scholarships for seminarians studying for the priesthood. Another $500,000 will go to the school in August. In addition $20,000 has been given to the Home Missions Program of the Department of Outreach and Evangelism of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to supplement salaries of priests serving in struggling parishes across the country and $6,600 to Retired Clergy and Presvyteras in need. Since its beginning 25 years ago, Leadership 100 has supported the Home Missions Program with more than $1 million in grants.

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Archbishop Demetrios with Michael and Mary Jaharis and Fr. Stanley Harakas

Archbishop Demetrios Chair Established

The President of Fordham University, Fr. Joseph M. McShane, S.J. announced Tuesday Feb. 17, a Jaharis Family Foundation gift establishing the Archbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture as part of the Orthodox Christian Studies Program of this renowned Roman-Catholic Jesuit University in New York. The announcement came at the conclusion of the Sixth Annual Orthodoxy in America Lecture given this year by Fr. Stanley Harakas, ThD, who is the Archbishop Iakovos Professor of Orthodox Theology Emeritus at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Fr. Harakas’ topic The Future of Orthodox Christianity in America: A Normative Approach captivated his diverse audience of academics, clergymen, students and laymen. He outlined the threats and pitfalls but also the opportunities of the social and cultural reality in America and suggested ways of what we need to do and ought to do, as Orthodox.

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The Pantocrator Icon

Archbishop Iakovos Museum Iconography Dedicated

At the end of last year, Paulette Poulos, long-time Executive Assistant to Archbishop Iakovos, and Executive Director (Interim) of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, was on hand for the dedication of the spectacular iconography at the Archbishop Iakovos Museum. Part of the Archbishop Iakovos Library and Learning Resource Center, it is the only capital project supported by Leadership 100, which gave a grant of $1 million for its establishment at Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA.

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Member News
Peter Tiboris

Tiboris Presents Festival Of The Aegean
Peter Tiboris, conductor, business innovator, and proud Greek American, who fulfilled his membership in Leadership 100 at the end of 2008, is giving something back to his historic homeland, presenting the Fifth Annual Festival of the Aegean, from July 1-11, in Syros, Greece, for the fifth time since 2002. This year’s Festival will offer a high level of programming, ranging from Puccini’s opera Tosca starring soprano Eilana Lappalainen; to Schubert’s Mass in G Major, No. 2, D.167; Mozart’s Overture to La clemenza di Tito, K.621; and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64, all of which Mr. Tiboris will conduct.
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Gregory C. Pappas
Pappas Name Special Advisor
Dr. David Horner, president of The American College of Greece (ACG), has announced the appointment of Gregory C. Pappas of Chicago, Ill., a member of Leadership 100, as a Special Advisor to the College, effective January 1, 2009. Pappas will advise ACG’s president and senior administration on issues related to communications, community outreach, and development for the College’s activities in the United States, as well as for strategy related to academic and study abroad programs. » Read More
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