New York, NY – The Federation of Cypriot American Organizations (FCAO) is mourning the passing of Nikos Mouyiaris, Founder of HALC, outstanding philanthropist and a distinguished member of our community.
Our community lost an outstanding philhellene, pure patriot and great philanthropist. Nikos was a fine example of humility, morality, kindness and his passing is an enormous loss for the Greek-Cypriot community of America, Cyprus, and Greece.
“He was a firm believer that “one is more blessed to give than to receive,” which explains why on numerous occasions he kindly refused to be honored with awards. A low-profile individual was driven by his will and dedication to make a difference, and he did. He was always offering his assistance to help various causes, always seeking anonymity and always encouraging others to do the same. He was a firm believer that “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” His vision was to reinvigorate worldwide Hellenism, and he contributed both his time and money to make a difference. Nikos believed in the power of one and that every individual could make a difference and he did it leading by example. It is our duty and obligation to follow his great legacy”, quoted Kyriacos Papastylianou, President of FCAO.
Entrepreneur, innovator, philanthropist, Nikos Mouyiaris, was the Founder and CEO of MANA Products, Inc., one of the world’s leading contract and private label cosmetics manufacturers. A graduate of St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and Rutgers University with a Master of Science, Nikos was a visionary business and community leader. Nikos was passionate and steadfast in his support of issues concerning Greece and Cyprus. He was the founder of the Hellenic American Leadership Council and was on the board of the Coordinated Effort of Hellenes, the Hellenic Initiative and the Pancyprian Association of America, among others. His philanthropic endeavors included the Elytis Chair at Rutgers, Children’s SOS Villages in Greece, Paradise 4 Kids in Sierra Leone, the Malaika Foundation in the Congo, and other organizations in the US, Greece, and Cyprus.
May his memory be eternal!