2007-01-31 / Features

Catsimatidis Is Greek Independence Parade Chair

The Board of Directors of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York has unanimously appointed John Catsimatidis chairman for the Greek Parade 2007. The parade will take place on Sunday, April 15 on 5th Avenue in Manhattan.

Catsimatidis, who has dedicated his services to the community and to various philanthropies, is chairman and chief executive officer of the Red Apple Group, a privately held company with annual sales of more than $2 billion and 10,000 employees, which has holdings in oil refining, retail petroleum products, convenience stores, supermarkets, real estate and aviation and is owner and editor of the Hellenic Times newspaper, the largest Greek -American newspaper printed in English in the United States.

Catsimatidis' charitable activities include a term as chairman of the Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Committee (HANAC), a non-profit social services organization which operates low-income housing, medical services, housing for the elderly and home meal delivery in the metropolitan New York City area.

As co-chairman and founder of the Brooklyn Tech Endowment Foundation he oversaw the growth and development of its $10,000,000 fund, the largest gift to a secondary school in the United States. He funds the John Catsimatidis Scholarship Fund at the NYU School of Business, awarding two scholarships annually since 1988. He served a five-year term as president of the Manhattan Council of the Boy Scouts of America, is a director of the New York Police Athletic League and has also been active with the National Kidney Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the Young Men's Philanthropic League and the Alzheimer's Foundation.

Catsimatidis was born in Greece in 1948 and brought to the United States by his parents while still an infant. Raised in New York City, he attended high school in Brooklyn and then New York University. Catsimatidis and his wife, Margo, have a daughter, Andrea John, and a son, John Andreas, Jr.

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