Philadelphia, PA – The Federation of Hellenic-American Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley has announced that it will award the 2015 Eleftheria Medal to Dr. Spiro Spireas. The award will be given on the evening before the Greek Independence Day parade. Spireas will also march in the parade with dignitaries and members of the Greek community.
Dr. Spireas is the president of the American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHI Foundation), and an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle. He is a member of the Metropolitan Council of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey, a parish council member of the St. George Greek Orthodox church at Trenton, NJ, where he has also served for 4 years (2009-2012) as the president of its parish council.
Spireas is also a member of AHEPA and a constant supporter of various Hellenic-American organizations, functions, and media. Spiro was born and raised in Kalamata, Greece. He’s lived in the United States since 1985 and currently resides in New Hope, PA, with his wife Dr. Amalia Kassapidis-Spireas, a pediatrician, and their two children, Sotiris and Mary.
The Eleftheria Medal Award was initiated last year for the first time. Rev’d Demetrios Constantelos Ph. D., D. D. received the medal for his life long work and dedication to Hellenism and faith. The medal will be awarded annually to an individual that has established an outstanding lifetime commitment to Hellenism.
Spireas is also the owner, founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Sigmapharm Laboratories, an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company operating out of Bensalem, PA, and engaging in the development, manufacture, and marketing of unique generic and branded pharmaceutical products.
George Horiatis of the Federation has described Spireas as, “a friend to the Philadelphia community and a supporter of Hellenic causes”. He added, “he is passionate and committed to seeing that Hellenism flourish worldwide and particularly in the Delaware Valley.”
The Federation of Hellenic-American Societies will host the annual dinner on the eve before the Greek Independence Day parade. Dr. Spireas will be honored there, at Adelphia Restaurant in Deptford New Jersey. The Greek community is invited to attend the historic event that will kick off the weekend celebrations around Greek Independence Day in Philadelphia.
Greek Independence Day Parade Dinner (Open to Public)
Tickets: $50.00 / $25.00 (Students)
Date: March 21, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm
Phone: (856) 986-8972