Lifetime Achievement

Lifetime Achievement

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Alpha Omega Council (AOC) Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes and honors a U.S. citizen of Hellenic descent who has demonstrated exemplary accomplishments and excellence in his or her respective career or fields of endeavor. At the same time he or she has made significant contributions to the community through community involvement, philanthropy or volunteerism.

The AOC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be recognized at the annual AOC Lifetime Achievement Award Banquet.

In order to be eligible a candidate/nominee should meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be of Hellenic descent who is generally acknowledged to have promoted Hellenic ideals in the wider community.
  • Years of Distinguished Service. The award is for lifetime achievement rather than for a single contribution, no matter how monumental. Nominees should preferably have a minimum of 25 years of distinguished service in his or her respective career or fields of endeavor.

The following is a list of previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipients (in chronological order):


  • Andrew E. Manatos, President Manatos and Manatos
  • James G. Stavridis, Admiral U.S.N. (Ret.)
  • Maria Stephanos, Broadcast Journalist, News Anchor, FOX25 News Boston
  • National Philoptochos Society and the Boston Philoptochos Society
  • Arthur G. Koumantzelis
  • Hellenic Women’s Benevolent Association
  • Peter Karamanos Jr
  • Ted Leonsis
  • Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation
  • Ernie Anastos, Emmy-award winning news anchor
  • Olympia Dukakis, Academy Award-winning actress
  • Nicholas J. Bouras, industrialist
  • Vasilia “Bess” Pappas, community leader
  • Archbishop Demetrios (Trakatellis) of America, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Exarch of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
  • R. Nicholas Burns, United States Ambassador and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
  • Paul Sarbanes, United States Senator for the state of Maryland
  • George Canellos, MD
  • Metropolitan Methodios (Tournas), spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston
  • Michael Sotirhos, United States Ambassador
  • George Behrakis, President and CEO of Muro Pharmaceutical, Inc.
  • Christos Tsaganis, restaurateur
  • George Hatsopoulos, mechanical engineer
  • Katherine Pappas
  • Maria Stephanos
  • Andrew Athens, President of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE/ΣAE)
  • William Chirgotis, architect
  • Paul Tsongas, United States Senator from Massachusetts and Presidential Candidate.
  • Nicholas Gage, author and investigative journalist.
  • Archbishop Iakovos (Coucouzis) of America, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America and founding president of SCOBA.
  • John Brademas, member of the United States House of Representatives and president of New York University.
  • George Christopher, Mayor of San Francisco.
  • Michael Dukakis, Governor of Massachusetts and Democratic presidential nominee.
  • Telly Savalas, Emmy Award-winning film and television actor.
  • Paul Liacos, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.