The Cypriots of New Jersey was founded in the early 1960’s with over 300 family members. One of the founders and a longtime president was Mrs. Maria Varianides. She was instrumental in forming the Cypriots of NJ Youth and Dance Group who performed for U.S. Presidents, VIP’s of large corporations and Universities. Mrs. Varianides was a very active member of the Cyprus Federation who held many positions and was the forerunner of almost every event of the CFA. She helped organize the “Women Walk Home” in NYC immediately following the Turkish invasion with over 5,000 women dressed in black marching up 5th Avenue in New York City.
The mission of the FCAO is to preserve and promote the Hellenic Cypriot culture, heritage, principles and ideals in the United States of America through the coordination and promotion of cultural, charitable, educational, fraternal and professional activities.