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Paulette Poulos to Be Honored at the 28th Phidippides Award Gala, Nov. 9

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The Greek American Educational Public Information System, Inc. (GAEPIS, Inc.) is bestowing its 28th Phidippides Award to Paulette Poulos, Executive Director of The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Fund, Inc., in recognition of her passionate advocacy of Hellenism and Orthodoxy.

This year’s Phidippides Award Gala will take place on November 9th at 6:30 pm at The Union League Club in New York City.

Following in the footsteps of her mentor, the ever-memorable Archbishop Iakovos, she has dedicated her entire professional and personal life to serving the Church. Her career began in 1965 when she was assigned to work in the Archdiocesan Department of Laity, where she remained through 1970. Following a brief assignment as the Assistant Director of the National Youth Office, she was transferred to the Department of Development in 1972 where she was appointed Director of the LOGOS Fund, successfully raising over ten million dollars.

1984 was a turning point in her career. That was the year Archbishop Iakovos selected Paulette as Administrative Assistant of the Archbishop’s Office. In this role she worked in close collaboration with His Eminence, traveling to parishes throughout the Archdiocese, and internationally. While Paulette listened attentively as Archbishop Iakovos imparted his invaluable knowledge to her, forming her spiritually and professionally. It was during this time that Poulos grew into one of the most visible, respected, and admired Orthodox women in the Church. She believes the major criteria necessary for this work are that you must love the Church and you must love the faithful.

 In 2011, after years as its Director of Development for Leadership 100, Poulos was appointed by H.E. Archbishop Demetrios as Executive Director of the organization. Since that moment she has been indefatigably expanding the Fund’s membership and directing its wide-reaching philanthropic undertakings. 

Hellenic Public Radio – COSMOS FM (HPR)- the only daily, bilingual non-commercial Greek radio program in the New York Metropolitan Area- broadcasts under the aegis of the Greek American Educational Public Information System, Inc. (GAEPIS) – a not-for-profit media, educational organization, founded in 1987 to meet the needs of Greek Americans, serving the Hellenic-American community in all its diversity.

COSMOS FM has over 5,000 supporting members and reaches over 200,000 Hellenic and non-Hellenic listeners each week. Providing 13 hours of programming per week, for a total of 676 annual hours of broadcasting time, COSMOS FM features 20-plus different programs in Greek and English, including local, national and international news; news from Greece and Cyprus; and programs on politics, science, social issues, religion, health, finance, music, the arts, sports, and community affairs.​

Since 1994, the Board of Directors of GAEPIS and Cosmos FM, have presented the Phidippides Award to a person or an organization in recognition of their efforts in the advocacy of Hellenism. Past recipients  include Jules Dassin and the Melina Mercouri Foundation, Mikis Theodorakis, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Dimitrios and Georgia Kaloidis, Michael Cacoyiannis, John and Margo Catsimatides, Dennis Mehiel, A. S. Onassis Foundation, Prof. Edmund Keely, Senator Paul S. Sarbanes, Kyriakos Tsakopoulos, Dr.John Brademas, Socrates Kokkalis, Dr. Konstantinos Papadakis, Ted Spyropoulos,  Yannis Markopoulos, Mario Frangoulis, Nikos Mouyiaris, Merkourios Angeliadis, Michael Psarros and His Emminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America.

The event begins with a reception at 6:30 PM and dinner at 7:30 PM. The Chairman of the Gala is Argyris (RJ) Vassiliou and Master of Ceremonies is Michael Stratis.

More information is available by phone: 718-204-8900 or via email: [email protected]