ASTORIA – The Cyprus-U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted its festive and well-attended Christmas party on December 8 at Anemos Restaurant in Astoria. The event brought together the organization’s members, family and friends to usher in the season with warm wishes and holiday cheer.
Attendees enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner, drinks, music by DJ Sava, and dancing throughout the evening, as well as a visit from Santa Claus distributing the event’s raffle gifts.
Chamber Executive Director Despina Axiotakis gave the welcoming remarks, wishing everyone the best for the Christmas season, and thanking everyone present including Chamber Founding President and Honorary Chairman Andreas Comodromos. She then introduced Chamber President Maria Pappas who also shared her best wishes for the holidays and noted the great turn-out at the event. She also thanked everyone for attending including Consul General of Cyprus in New York Michalis Firillas, Consul of Greece Dimitris Papageorgiou, and the members of the Cyprus Young Professionals (CYP) as well as the longtime supporters of the organization and those who helped make the event possible, among them Petroula Lambrou, Vickie Savvides, Christina Misoulis, and Nicolas Nicolaou, with a special thank you to Despina Axiotakis.
“As everyone knows, nothing gets done unless Despina is involved,” Pappas said. “On behalf of the Cyprus-U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board, we wish you all and your loved ones a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.”
Savvides and Misoulis, representing the CYP, shared their greetings as well, noting the many young people present and looking forward to the holidays and upcoming events.
Consul of Greece Dimitris Papageorgiou in remarks said that he is always proud to see his brothers of Cypriot Hellenism doing well in the United States and added in Greek that “the struggles of Cyprus and Cypriot Hellenism are also ours, your pain is also ours, and your hopes are also ours.” He noted the Cypriot community’s commitment to Hellenism and defending Hellenism worldwide. Papageorgiou also noted that he looks forward to continuing to work with Consul General Firillas and wished everyone a happy Christmas as well as continuing the effort for Cyprus with a solution based on international justice.
In his remarks, Consul General Firillas noted the contribution of Andreas Comodromos, the founding president of the Chamber, thanking everyone for their efforts, and describing the community as “lively, loving, active, and very passionate.” He also noted the transitional period in Cyprus as it is about to elect a new Archbishop and a new president. Firillas thanked Papageorgiou for his comments and pointed out that the relations between Cyprus and the U.S. “are probably at an all-time high.” He concluded with best wishes for the holidays and looked forward to seeing everyone again at the party next year.
Axiotakis shared best wishes on behalf of PSEKA President Philip Christopher and Federation of Cypriot-American Organizations President Kyriacos Papastylianou, both of whom could not attend, and also thanked the media present and the sponsors of the event.
Among those present were Cyprus Trade Commissioner Aristos Constantine, Demetris Comodromos, Aphrodite Daniel, Phyto Stratis, Anthoula Katsimatides, George Zapantis, Maria Markou, Gus Lambropoulos, and New York State Assemblyman Michael Tannousis who was surprised with a cake for his birthday.