Andrew E. Manatos
Recipient of 2016 Alpha Omega Council
Lifetime Achievement Award
BOSTON — The Alpha Omega Council today announced it will honor Andrew E. Manatos at its 33rd Annual Lifetime Achievement Award Banquet, Saturday evening, June 4, 2016 at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston.
In making the announcement, the organization stated that Manatos exemplifies the spirit of the award through his devotion to philanthropy and humanitarian causes, both of which have touched millions of lives. His far-reaching influence has guided U.S. policy toward religious freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate and support for the countries of Cyprus and Greece.
Marking its fortieth year as one of the Greek American community’s leading philanthropic entities, Alpha Omega recognizes outstanding Greek Americans who have advanced Hellenic and Orthodox ideals in America.
“We are proud to be recognizing Mr. Manatos’ legacy with this award,” said Alpha Omega Council President John Anton. “Mr. Manatos’ dedication to countless charities and organizations over the course of his career is truly remarkable. His tenacity and spirit serve as an inspiration to all of us and we salute him for all of his exceptional work.”
Early in his career, Manatos distinguished himself in the policy making arena in both the legislative and executive branches, serving as the youngest advance man for President Lyndon Johnson, assistant secretary in the Carter Administration and Senate committee staff director.
His far-reaching influence in Washington is credited with the creation of a now three decades old tradition of marking Greek Independence Day at The White House with a special reception hosted by a succession of Republican and Democratic presidents. The Greek Orthodox Church of America has appointed Manatos to its Archdiocesan Council for decades. The Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul, Turkey, who heads over 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, appointed Manatos to the Order of St. Andrew and as a regional leader.
Mr. Manatos also serves with President Bill Clinton on the board of the THEA Foundation and received among other recognitions, the Medal of St. Paul, the highest honor given by the American Archdiocese of the Greek Orthodox Church.
A native and lifelong Washington, D.C. resident, Manatos and his wife, Tina, have four adult sons — Mike, Nick, Tom and George — and eight grandchildren.