His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America
Salutation to the chrysanthemum ball
The Metropolitan Club
New York, New York
November 12, 2021Your Grace and Reverend Fathers,
Mr. & Mrs. Consul General,
Archdiocesan Cathedral Philoptochos President: Stéphanie Pantelides,
Esteemed members of the cathedral council and sorority of Philoptochos,
Co-Presidents of the Chrysanthemum Ball: Joanne Adams and Ourania Soumas,
Honored Esteemed: Dr George Yancopoulos,
I greet you all this evening with a heart filled with gratitude for the wonderful blessings of our Cathedral Family, and in particular of our Sisters in Christ, the gracious Ladies of Philoptochos, who have renewed this delicious tradition of the Chrysanthemum Ball.
This beautiful evening of fellowship and celebration honors a truly extraordinary person from the Diaspora, and in particular from our New York regional community: Dr George Yancopoulos, Co-Founder, President and Scientific Director of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
As you well know, less than two weeks ago he received the prestigious Athenagoras Prize for Human Rights from the hands of our spiritual Father, His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
And in two days, he will receive other honors from Maison Saint-Michel. I think it’s safe to say we’re seeing a pattern here! And the one that is well deserved.
But tonight is up to the beloved ladies of Philoptochos of our Archdiocesan Cathedral to recognize and thank this remarkable scientist and philanthropist. Because it is his love for his neighbor that has energized his research and his breakthroughs by bringing such benefits and relief in the midst of the pandemic.
And if anyone knows love for one another, as our Lord Jesus Christ taught and manifested – even giving up his life for the life of the world – it is indeed our own Philoptochos!
I am now addressing you directly, Dr Yancopoulos: you have indeed made Omogeneia extremely proud. Not only by your accomplishments, which stand by themselves. But because you have demonstrated the virtues and principles of the Hellenic and Orthodox minds.
That is, the virtues of discipline, hard work and determination, as well as the principles of self-sacrifice, service and selflessness.
Our cathedral here in New York, and with its Philoptochos Society in particular, know these same principles and virtues.
So, they wished to honor you tonight and celebrate your accomplishments that have truly saved lives.
We all hope and pray that you will accomplish even more and contribute to the common good and shared health of the human family for many years to come.
Therefore, in closing, I offer to you and yours all my blessings and best wishes, and I also thank the Ladies Philoptochos of our Cathedral of the Holy Trinity for giving us all the gift of this splendid evening. and the blessing of our fellowship in Christ.
May the Lord bless us always!