Previous Recipients

2022

His Beatitude Patriarch Theodore II

Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa

2021

Scientists who saved humanity from the Covid pandemic

Honoring Those Scientists Whose Extraordinary Efforts Led To Worldwide Covid Vaccines And Therapeutics Saving Millions Of Lives

2019

His Beatitude Metropolitan Epiphaniy

His Beatitude Metropolitan Epiphaniy

2018

Father Alexander and Presbytera Xanthi Karloutsos

2017

Emilia Kamvisi and Efstratios Valamios

Representing the fishermen of Lesbos and the Greek Islands

2016

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor of the State of New York

2015

Vice President Joe Biden

Vice President of the United States of America

2014

Jay Alan Sekulow, PhD, JD

Chief Counsel American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ)

2013

60 Minutes

Jeff Fager, President and CEO accepting on behalf of 60 Minutes

2012

Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Andreas Dracopoulos, Director & Co-President accepting on behalf of the Foundation

2011

Admiral James G. Stavridis

Supreme Allied Commander Europe accepting on behalf of the heroic U.S. Armed Forces

2009

Anthony J. Limberakis, MD

National Commander of the Order of Saint Andrew

2008

Rabbi Arthur Schneier

Founder and President of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation

2007

Archbishop Demetrios of America

Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarch

2006

Mr. Nicholas J. Bouras

World War II Hero, Industrialist, Philanthropist and Great Churchman

2005

Mikhail Gorbachev

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of the Soviet Union

2004

Mr. Alex G. Spanos

Extraordinary Humanitarian Philanthropist, Human Rights Advocate and Defender of the Faith

2003

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC)

Agencies of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA)

2002

President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush

41st President of the United States of America and First Lady

2001

Archbishop Anastasios of Albania

Archbishop of Tirana, Durres, and All Albania

2000

Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

1999

Elie Wiesel

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate University Professor and Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities

1998

Nana Mouskouri

World renowned Singer Dedicated herself to children as UNICEF Ambassador and Europarliamentarian

1997

Reverend Clergy of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

The Clergy of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

1996

Order of AHEPA

American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association

1995

Hon. Edward Derwinski

1st United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

1994

Hon. Paul S. Sarbanes

Former United States Senator of the State of Maryland

1993

George Douris

New York Public Relations Executive

1992

Ladies Philoptochos

Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society

1991

Andrew A. Athens

Business and Civic Leader

1990

Hon. John Brademas

President Emeritus of New York University

1989

Anthony G. Borden, MD

Radiologist and Former National Commander of the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle

1988

Mother Theresa

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Humanitarian and Advocate for the Poor and Helpless

1987

President Jimmy Carter

39th President of the United States of America

1986

Archbishop Iakovos

Former Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America