(L to R) Fr. Elias Villis, Michael Psaros, Ioanna Giannopoulou, Director of Operations, Cosmos FM, and Kostas Angeloudis, GAEPIS Inc. Chairman.
Hellenic Public Radio - "Cosmos FM 91.5" honored Michael G. Psaros, a member of the Leadership 100 Board of Trustees and co-founder of KPS Capital Partners, LP, with its 2018 Phidippides Award at their 22nd Annual Gala held on Saturday, November 3rd at the Terrace on the Park in Flushing, New York.
In his acceptance speech, Psaros thanked the Board of Directors of the Greek American Educational Public Information System (GAEPIS), the station’s parent organization for this recognition, saying that "Cosmos FM has been a part of my family since 1989.”
"This honor belongs to my parents, George and Mary Ann and Robin, my wife of almost 25 years. My parents are the reason I have dedicated a life of service to serve our Church, Hellenism, and the Omogenia.” He thanked his wife "for allowing our family to devote the time and resources to serve our Church and the many Hellenic causes we are committed to, often at great sacrifice to our family.”
He went on saying that "this honor is uniquely special because my family and I share the values and value system that is promoted and advocated by Cosmos FM everyday on this radio" and encouraged everyone to support the "only daily bilingual non commercial public radio that serves the issues of the Hellenic Community", promising that he will make every year "a very meaningful matching gift to challenge the listeners to give more".
Stating that "we are going to build St. Nicholas Church", Psaros noted that he along with Elaine Allen, the newly appointed treasurer of the Archdiocesan Council, are two of the incorporators of the new entity, "The Friends of St. Nicholas", which will oversee the fundraising efforts.
Demetrios Papacostas of Bloomberg LP emceed the event while Stelios Taketzis, Cosmos FM Volunteer / Producer, welcomed the over 200 attendees. Among them were Consul General of Greece, Dr. Konstantinos Koutras, Consul Lana Zochiou, Maria Theofili and Kornelios Korneliou, Ambassadors of Greece and Cyprus to the UN, respectively, and Paulette Poulos, Executive Director of Leadership 100.
George Stamas, Senior Partner - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and Hellenic Initiative President, spoke about the honoree as did Kostas Angeloudis, chairman of GAEPIS. Very Reverend Archimandrite Eugene Pappas of the Three Hierarchs Church in Brooklyn along with Fr. Elias Villis of Our Savior Church in Rye, offered the opening and closing prayers.