Greek American Philanthropists, Drs. Spiro and Emily Spireas will chair the Nov. 12, 2017 awards dinner and gala celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Hellenic News of America.

The gala will take place at The Merion in Cinnaminson, New Jersey.

The entrepreneurial and philanthropic couple own and founded Sigmapharm Laboratories. Dr. Spiro Spireas serves as chairman and CEO. He is a strong benefactor to the Hellenic News and he and his wife were featured guests at the newspaper’s 29th anniversary.

“Whenever a newspaper of Hellenism is having a celebration…it is not exactly a celebration for the newspaper. It is a celebration for Koinonia…” Dr. Spiro Spireas said at the 29th anniversary dinner held Oct. 30, 2016 at the Concordville Inn in Concordville, Pa. “Having a newspaper in the Koinonia keeps everybody together. It keeps the traditions together. It keeps young kids together. It keeps networking together. It is very important to the very fiber of our existence here to have the newspapers for our Koinonia.”

Last April, Dr. Spiros Spireas served as a Grand Marshal at the New York City Greek Independence Day Parade. He also served as a President of the AHIF, the American Hellenic Institute Foundation.

Dr. Emily Spireas, an officer with Hellenic Vision, helped organize a March 16, 2013 Benefit Dinner Dance that raised $30,000 to help needy children of Greece. Sigmapharm Laboratories was one of the platinum sponsors of the event.

The Hellenic News of America 30th Anniversary will honor Hellenes and Philhellenes including: Michael   Psaros, co-founder and managing partner of KPS Capital Partners, LP; John Koudounis, CEO of Calamos Investments, Nancy Papaioannou, president  of Atlantic Bank, New York Community Bank; retired Temple University Emerita Professor Marina Angel, who has championed women’s rights; Dr. Michael  Papaioannou, Deputy Division Chief of the IMF International Monetary Fund;  Mike Pantelides, Mayor of Annapolis, MD; Dr. Thomas Phiambolis of Main Line Health; Philanthropist Eleni Bousis; Power Journalist Markos Papadatos and all the contributing editors of the Hellenic News of America who are dedicated to Hellenism in America and the sustainability of their communities.

First sponsor of the 30th Anniversary gala is Archon Ostarios Michael Psaros. Mr. Psaros serves on the Board of Directors of Georgetown University and as the vice chairman of the Executive Board of Advisors of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and the Board of Advisors of the Georgetown University Center for Financial Markets and Policy. He and his spouse created “The Michael and Robin Psaros Endowed Chair in Business Administration” at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in 2013.  Mr. Psaros is also Treasurer of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America and serves on its Executive Committee.

The 30th anniversary gala will feature Greek singer and musician Dimitris Basis, who will be joining us from Greece, along with Aphrodite Daniel & Orchestra.

The event kicks off 4 to 5 p.m. with a VIP reception for Underwriters, Benefactors and Sponsors. A general reception will take place 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., followed by an awards presentation 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and concluding with dinner and entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m.   Tickets are $175.

Keeping true to its mission of supporting charitable, educational and non-profit organizations, the Hellenic News of America will offer a portion of the proceeds from the gala to three non-profit organizations—The Ronald McDonald House-Greek division of NY, the Greater Philadelphia Cancer Foundation and the MAGAF Scholarship awards.

The anniversary highlights decades of stories from the Hellenic News of America, covering the roots and passions of the Hellenic community while perpetuating Hellenic principles and ideals. Founded in 1987, the newspaper successfully filled a void in the Greek community, giving them a voice, linking them together, here at home and abroad.

For information and tickets, visit hellenicnews.com.