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NJFHO Honors Andreas Comodromos at its Second Annual Banquet
NEW JERSEY FEDERATION OF HELLENIC ORGANIZATIONS HONORS ANDREAS COMODROMOS AT ITS SECOND ANNUAL BANQUET
June 6, 2011. The Federation of Hellenic American Organizations of New Jersey held its Second Annual Banquet on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at the Pines Manor, Edison, NJ. This year the Federation honored its Founding President, Mr. Andreas D. Comodromos with the Alexander the Great Award. Mr. Comodromos was instrumental in conceiving the idea of the New Jersey Federation of Hellenic organizations and working for over two years to organize it. He served as its Founding President.
The award was presented to him by Federation President, Tassos Efstratiades. The honoree was introduced by his son, Dimitri Comodromos. The award was presented to him with his wife Anna, his daughter and son in law Eliza and Paul Langan and his son Dimitri by his side. In attendance and speaking at the event were His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, Greek Minister of Tourism George Nikitiades, Consul General of Greece Ambassador Aghi Balta, Consul General of Cyprus Koula Sifianou and Congressmen Donald Payne and Frank Pallone. Also attending were New York Federation president Elias Tsekeridis, Cyprus Federation President Peter Papanicolaou, President of PSEKA Philip Christopher, Hellenic American National Copuncip president Paul Kotrotsios, Hellenic Heritage Commission Chairman Dr. Zenon Christodoulou and AHEPA Supreme Governor Andy Zachariades. Master of Ceremonies was the District Governor of AHEPA District # 4 Savas Tsivicos.
The event included Hellenic dance performance by the Terpsichoreans. At the conclusion of the event, a recognition award was given to the Founding Board members: Stavros Antonakakis, Giorgos Antoniou, John Blazakis, Andreas D. Comodromos, Anastasius Efstratiades, Demetrios Kontolios, Nikos Panagiotou, Nicholaos Poulis, John Sakelaris, Stacey Sava, George Siamboulis, Panos Stavrianides, and Savvas Tsivikos.
The next annual banquet of the Federation will take place on June 10, 2012.
Biography of Andreas Comodromos
Andreas Comodromos was born on March 27, 1949, to Demetrios and Aphrodite Comodromos, in Vatili, in the Famagusta District of Cyprus. In 1973, he married Anna C. Zachariades, a schoolteacher, also a native of Cyprus, who was raised in the United States. Andreas and Anna built their home in Cyprus, which soon after was taken over in the ensuing Turkish invasion of July 1974. In the same year, they had their first child, Eliza. In April 1974, the family immigrated to the United States so that Andreas could pursue a college degree. They joined Anna's parents, Christos and Maria, in Jersey City, NJ. On April 18, 1979, they had their second child, Demetrios. Today Anna and Andreas are the proud grandparents of Anna Maria, Sophia, and Yiannis by their daughter Eliza and husband Paul Langan.
In addition to this major contribution to the New Jersey Federation, Mr. Comodromos has been an active member of the Omogeneia and especially the cause of Justice for Cyprus. He is a member of the Board and has served in several positions on the Executive Committee of the Cyprus Federation of America (CFA), including Supreme President for two consecutive two-year terms. The CFA honored Mr. Comodromos with the "2001 Justice for Cyprus Award" in recognition for his untiring services and dedication to the Cypriot American Community. In 1996, Mr. Comodromos was honored with the Offikion Archon Dikaiophylax by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and was subsequently elected to the National Council of the Order of Saint Andrew where he serves as Assistant Treasurer. He is a member of the Metropolitan Council for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey and a member of Evangelismos Tis Theotokou, Greek Orthodox community and Saint Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church in Paramus, NJ. He received the 1996 Ellis Island Medal of Honor for outstanding contributions to America and distinguished community service. He was also the recipient of the Newcomen Society of America 1978 Award. In 2009, the Governor of New Jersey appointed Andreas as a Commissioner to the Commission of Hellenic Heritage.
Mr. Comodromos currently serves as Chairman of the Cyprus - U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he also served as the Founding President. He served as Treasurer of the World Federation For Overseas Cypriots (POMAK) and as member of the Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) of the North and South American Region. He is on the Board of the Cyprus Children's Fund and of The Advisory Board of Atlantic Stewardship Bank. He is a member of the Order of AHEPA, the American Institute of CPA's and the New Jersey Society of CPA's.