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Letter: Deep Appreciation From the Christopoulos Family

This Saturday, July 24, our family will mark the fifth anniversary of our son’s untimely death. Many things have been done in his memory including the annual Andreas Christopoulos 5K Run/Walk, the proceeds of which benefit scholarships to graduating Glen Cove High School seniors. My family and I would like to thank the following sponsors who made it possible for us to award two scholarships and to sustain the scholarship fund: Anton Community Newspapers; “A Bronx Friend;” Assemblyman Charles Lavine; D&L Painting; the Chris Spyropoulos Family; Annette Cirillo-Bergen; Glen Cove City Democratic Committee; Glen Cove PBA; Glen Optic; Gotham T-Shirts; Losee Signs; the Manzione Family; North Shore Farms; the Bocchino Family; Flora Petakas Marinelli; St. Catherine’s Philoptochos Society; Basile Electric; the Bosworth Family; Charles of Glen Cove; Downtown Cafe; the Hatala Family; the McCarthy Family; Henry’s Confectionary; Locust Valley Bagel; Page One Restaurant; the Poloway Family; Rita’s of Glen Cove Italian Ices; and Sophia Niarchos. We would be remiss if we didn’t thank all the volunteers and participants from our extended family including: Glen Cove Police Chief William Whitton; Judge Richard J. McCord; my ‘sisters’ in Glen Cove City Hall; Legislator Diane Yatauro and my colleagues in her office; Glen Cove City Councilman Tony Jimenez; the Glen Cove School District administrators and teaching staff; members of the Glen Cove High School Class of 2001, members of the Glen Cove High School Class of 2009; and our family at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Resurrection which includes our Greek Orthodox Youth Group;  our St. Catherine’s Philoptochos philanthropic organization and our Young Adult League (YAL). We appreciate being granted permission by Glen Cove Mayor Suozzi and the City Council to hold the run and we acknowledge the patience of our neighbors during the closing of the streets along the course of the run.

We would also like to extend our deepest thanks to the Nicola Brasiello and Rick Testa families. Each year, the Brasiello family coordinates every aspect of the run (up and down hill!) and all the enormous, sometimes hectic undertaking to say the least.

A very special gift was made this year by Rick and Lori Testa in tribute to our son. It’s a beautiful tree at the entrance of Glen Cove High School that we are sure will grow tall and strong and endure for many generations. My family is so proud to have this tree at the high school, reaching for the sky....much like our children reach for the sky as they continue in their education and careers.

We thank you all for your unconditional love and support. Once again, all of you have shown by example that Glen Cove is a special place, made that much more so because of the people who live here.

Peter, Zefy and Sofia Christopoulos