The Greek-Cypriot community is mourning the loss of one of his great leaders. Nikos Mouyiaris Greek-Cypriot businessman, philanthropist, and Founder of HALC passed away on January 5th at the age of 73.
Nikos Mouyiaris was born at the village of Athienou, Cyprus in 1945 and emigrated to the U.S. in April 1964. A poor student from Cyprus, Nikos pursued studies in chemical engineering at Rutgers and St. John’s Universities, took a $6,000 loan, and founded Mana Products, Inc. — one of the world’s leading contract and private label cosmetics manufacturers in 1975. As a true believer in the American Dream, Nikos was particularly moved when his journey was marked with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Nikos was undoubtedly an example of the American Dream, but he was the example of the Greek-American Dream. He reached the pinnacle of American life — in business, in philanthropy, in civic involvement — while prioritizing Hellenism every single day. A Greek proverb holds that “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit it.” Nikos planted entire forests. He founded HALC and gave it the mandate to quickly cultivate tomorrow’s leaders in the Greek-American Community, one of Nikos’ biggest passions.
Nikos Mouyiaris served on the board of the Coordinated Effort of Hellenes, the Pancyprian Association of America, and was a strong supporter of many others, including the International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus. He provided significant philanthropic support to the Elytis Chair at Rutgers, SOS Children’s Villages in Greece, and other organizations in the US, Greece, and Cyprus. He was a major supporter of Paradise 4 Kids, an Ebola orphanage in Sierra Leone and the Malaika Foundation, educating young girls in the Congo. Nikos believed in “the power of one” and spent a lifetime making a difference, even if he had to do so alone. He gave Hellenism and the world much more than his treasure — he devoted his spirit, soul, intelligence and good-will.
Nikos Mouyiaris contributions to our community, Cyprus and Hellenism are immeasurable.
He is survived by his wife Carol, their daughter Arianna, his two grandchildren, and his brother George.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hellenic American Leadership Council and the Mouyiaris Foundation.
May his memory be eternal.
Federation of Cypriot American Organizations
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.
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