Twenty Ninth Anniversary



Hellenic Public Radio – COSMOS FM 91.5

WNYE – 91.5 FM, NYC, NY

Hellenic Public Radio – COSMOS FM (HPR) is the flagship radio service of the Greek American Educational Public Information System (GAEPIS, Inc). Founded in 1987, GAEPIS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Hellenism in the U.S. and worldwide through mass media technologies. The only daily bilingual Greek radio presence in the New York metropolitan area reaching over 200,000 listeners each week, HPR is internationally renowned for providing key news coverage and analysis, enriching cultural profiles and reliable educational features. Supporters include the City of New York, the New York business community, and thousands of individual members. It is universally acknowledged as an educational and media resource that must be preserved and enhanced.

The Phidippides Award is a creation of the world renowned jeweler Ilias Lalaounis.



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The Board of Directors of
Hellenic Public Radio – COSMOS FM 91.5

requests the honor of your presence
at the 21st Annual

Phidippides Award Gala Dinner


Merkourios Angeliades

for his passionate advocacy of Hellenism

Saturday, November 5th, 2016
Terrace on the Park – The Penthouse

52-11 111th St., Flushing, NY 11368

Olga Bornozis

Keynote Speaker
Antonis H. Diamataris

Journal Chairman
Steve Tenedios

Mistress of Ceremonies
Yanna Darili

Music by: Grigoris Maninakis & the Mikrokosmos Ensemble

Reception at 7 pm
Dinner at 8 pm

Black Tie Attire



The Phidippides Award
for passionate advocacy of Hellenism


His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
Primate, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

U.S. Senator Paul S. Sarbanes
Former United States Senator

Honorable Peter Vallone
Former Speaker, New York City Council

Jules Dassin – 1994
Mikis Theodorakis – 1995
Andrew A. Athens – 1996
Gianna Angelopoulos – Daskalakis – 1997
Dimitrios & Georgia Kaloidis – 1998
Michael Cacoyiannis – 1999
John & Margo Catsimatides – 2000
Dennis Mehiel – 2001
The Onassis Foundation – 2003
Edmund Keeley – 2004
Senator Paul S. Sarbanes – 2005
Kyriakos Tsakopoulos – 2006
Dr. John Brademas – 2007
Socrates P. Kokkalis – 2008
The Late Constantine Papadakis – 2009
John McK. Camp III – 2010
Ted Spyropoulos – 2011
Yannis Markopoulos – 2012
Mario Frangoulis – 2014
Nikos Mouyiaris – 2015

Mary Angeloudis • John C. Antzoulis • George & Terry Delis
Spyros & Celeste Georgakis • Nikolas Katsimpras • Evelyn & Nikos Katsoulis
Savas & Sophia Konstandinidis • Kathy & Tom Kourkoumelis
Stella Pandelides • Stephanie Pandelidis • Nancy Papaioannou
John & Harriet Pappas • Peter & Cathy Pappas • Maria & Peter Rizos
Audrey Soussou • Olga Tenedios • Barbara Thermos • Popi & Kostas Zachariadis



The Phidippides Award
for Passionate Advocacy of Hellenism

Merkourios A. Angeliades, known as Mike, was born on November 20th, 1941 in Symi, Greece. He came to the United States in 1960 to pursue a better life for himself and his family back home. He was willing to work anywhere and do whatever job he could. In 1965, he opened ANT Construction, doing mostly improvements to homes and restaurants, as well as doing city and state projects. In 1991, he established M.A. Angeliades, Inc. The company grew into a multi-million dollar organization and has completed over three hundred projects in the New York City area, including many schools, MTA and correctional facilities, courts, libraries and firehouses. One of the MTA projects was the Bleecker Street Station, a $96 million dollar renovation. His company has been listed in the top 400 construction firms in the United States for the past several years.

In addition, he has real estate interests in the tri-state area, as well as in South Bend, Indiana. He also owns the Dairy Barns, a chain of drivethru convenient stores on Long Island. Mike has ambition, determination and an extraordinary work ethic, all of which contributed to his vast success in business. In addition to his business accomplishments, he has always been committed to civic, community, and philanthropic endeavors. He is extremely proud of his heritage and is very involved with the Greek community, where he supports many athletic endeavors and non-profit organizations. He is a major benefactor of many churches in Symi and one of the original founders of the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Port Washington, NY. He is a member of the AHEPA Gold Coast Chapter, member of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund Inc, a member of Faith, an endowment for orthodoxy and Hellenism, as well as being bestowed the honor or the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Order of St. Andrews the Apostle.

Mike believes in and enjoys the simple things in life. He is a strong believer in never forgetting his roots. He loves returning to Symi every summer where he enjoys drinking ouzo with friends as they sit on the steps in front of his house or having Symi shrimp at the local taverns. Everything Mike has ever done or strived for stems from his love of family His initial motivation to make money was to provide his family back in Greece with a better life. Valuing the family institution, he met and married Libby. He was an excellent son and sonin- law offering his parents and in-laws security and stability. He remains the sole provider for his sister Irene, who was stricken with polio at the tender age of three. A wonderful husband, he and Libby have been married for more than forty-five years and live in Sands Point, NY. He is the most generous, kind, and loving father to his four daughters, Phaedra, Aegina, Irena and Ilana. He loves working with his son-in-laws, Manny Kazanas, married to Phaedra, and Sean Maguire, married to Ilana. Mike also feels blessed to have five granddaughters: Melina, Anastasia, Sophia, Electra and Athena and a grandson, Merkourios Athanasios. Those who know Mike is often inspired by his story. It is the classic tale of man with a dream and the willingness to work hard and take chances.



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