Montville, NJ -- The Leonidas Foundation received a $5,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS).
With this grant from UPS, the Foundation will have a substantial influx of resources to expand our impact to more needy families and young women and men yearning for the opportunity to learn leadership and entrepreneurship skills.
The Leonidas Foundation directly impacts the lives of 2,000 people annually across a wide demographic range through its diversified programs and efforts. These charitable endeavors include donating backpacks to needy school children at the beginning of the school year, food to hungry families, toys to children who would not otherwise have them during the holidays, and sending orphans to an annual theme park trip. The Foundation’s commitment to funding interactive educational services is embodied in our growing Leadership and Entrepreneurship business education course, known as the L.E.O. Program. L.E.O. provides forty-two young men and women annually an unparalleled academic opportunity to prepare them to be the leaders of tomorrow.
“It is with tremendous gratitude that we accept the continued support of the UPS Foundation” remarked Leonidas Foundation President Matthew Perricone. “With this generous contribution from UPS, we are able to expand and grow our mission to reach out to those in need and seeking opportunity in memory of Leo.”
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety and the environment.
In 2016, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $116.6 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
"The UPS Foundation is honored to support the The Leonidas Foundation's efforts to promote public service and provide humanitarian relief,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. "Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community."
The Leonidas Foundation awards $5,000 in collegiate scholarships to L.E.O. Program seniors in “Ironworks” Entrepreneurship Competition
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Contact: Matthew Perricone, President (973-615-3501 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ramsey, NJ – The Leonidas Foundation is proud to announce that it has awarded $5,000 in collegiate scholarships as part of The L.E.O. Program’s second “Ironworks” Entrepreneurship Competition at Don Bosco Preparatory High School this evening.
The twenty-four senior students in the L.E.O. Program’s second cohort at Don Bosco Prep competed in a team-style competition similar to the popular television show, Shark Tank. Students were tasked with creating a new business idea that solves a common problem, formulating comprehensive marketing and substantive information about the product, and presenting their creations to a panel of real-life investors, known as “Sharks,” including leaders from the financial, legal, automotive, banking, and medical industries.
The products presented by the students and considered by the “Sharks” included:
“Watching these students develop their business ideas through each phase of the development process culminating with tonight’s investor presentations was quite impressive,” said Professor John Esposito, the L.E.O. Program’s teacher. “These young entrepreneurs have put numerous aspects of their L.E.O. Program curriculum into action with commendable presentations showcasing the fruits of their extensive labor.”
“The Leonidas Foundation is proud to reward these impeccable young men with scholarship monies as part of the second annual ‘Ironworks’ event,” said President Matthew Perricone. “Tonight was the capstone of their time in the L.E.O. Program at Don Bosco Prep and we are beyond proud of their creativity, collaboration, and diligence in their work.”
The Leonidas Foundation was formed in 2016 following the passing of Don Bosco Prep alumnus Leonidas “Leo” Vagias, an avid business enthusiast who expressed his desire to be an entrepreneur from an early age.
“Once again, our L.E.O. Program students have risen to the challenge and created viable business proposals that solve real world problems,” said Teddy Vagias, Leo’s father, on behalf of the Vagias family. “Leo’s passion for business and penchant for outside-the-box thinking is embodied in these driven young businessmen who are ready to continue their education to succeed in the next chapter of their scholastic and professional lives.”
For more information about The Leonidas Foundation, please visit www.LeoUniteUs.org.
The Leonidas Foundation & Mount Saint Dominic Academy Celebrate Pinning of Inaugural L.E.O. Program Cohort
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ~ Friday, November 22, 2019
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Caldwell, NJ ~ The Leonidas Foundation & Mount Saint Dominic Academy were proud to welcome the first cohort of school’s The L.E.O. Program at its annual Pinning Ceremony on Wednesday evening in Savio Hall at the school’s Ramsey New Jersey campus.
Seventeen junior students were ceremoniously pinned in anticipation of the January 2020 commencement of their L.E.O. Program course. In the presence of current and graduated L.E.O. Program students, family, friends, Leonidas Foundation representatives, and members of the Mount Saint Dominic religious and lay communities, the students heard empowering statements of best wishes from Leonidas Foundation representatives, their peers, and school administration.
Following a welcome blessing by Sr. Frances Sullivan, Head of Mount Saint Dominic, students were greeted by Kristen Zosche, Director of Curriculum & Instruction. Leonidas Foundation Trustee Teddy Vagias, whose late son is the program’s namesake, offered a powered call to action expressing the Foundation and the school's commitment to investing in the students with the expectation that the students will commit to the coursework and interactive learning experiences. Leonidas Foundation Vice President Alex Cucciniello spoke to the attendees about the Foundation’s efforts in conjunction with Mount Saint Dominic to formulate and develop the L.E.O. Program.
The inductees were addressed by Mount Saint Dominic alumnus Jessica Iacullo, CEO & Founder of Hungry Grl Big City LLC. Since graduating from The Mount and Pitt, Jessica has developed a well-known Instagram profile with a connected blog, Facebook, and Twitter discussing food, recipes, and food trends from all over the world. The Instagram page has over 32,000 followers and counting. Combined across channels, the following and reach exceeds 35,000 partnering with brands and companies such as Cosmopolitan, Business Insider, Heinz, Boars Head, Forbes, New York Jets, Citi Bank, and US Open, among others.
One of the highlights of the evening came when L.E.O. Program student Katerina Holevas, Leo’s cousin, spoke to those gathered about the opportunity being presented to the 17 Mount Saint Dominic students. She conveyed the significance of the opportunity that L.E.O. offers the students involved and highlighted the Program’s main focuses: leadership, entrepreneurship, and opportunity.
The new L.E.O. students were then pinned by Sr. Fran, Foundation Vice President Alex Cucciniello, Dr. Muoio, and Teddy Vagias. Dr. Marissa Muoio concluded the evening’s festivities with words of encouragement to the new L.E.O. Program students and their families.
The Leonidas FoundationCelebrates Giving Tuesday with #Fund4Leo, joining millions around the world participating in the global generosity movement
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Wyckoff, NJ ~ Friday, November 22, 2019 – This GivingTuesday, The Leonidas Foundation will inspire generosity by raising money to support charitable initiatives such as our Holiday Toy Drive and the L.E.O. Program.
GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. GivingTuesday will kick off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on December 3rd, and throughout the year.
The Leonidas Foundation is joining #GivingTuesday to capture the giving spirit of the holidays in an effort to help those in need. With the hustle bustle of the holiday season and end of the year approaching, #GivingTuesday is a means to amplify the Leonidas Foundation’s mission to honor Leo’s life by helping those in need through our humanitarian and educational outreach.
“We are excited at the opportunity to participate in GivingTuesday’s incredible initiative to spread charity and philanthropy,” said Teddy Vagias, Trustee of The Leonidas Foundation. “Working with other organizations who share our mission of giving of their time, energy, and resources to better the world is truly a privilege.”
GivingTuesday was launched in 2012 as a simple idea: to create a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
People demonstrate generosity in many ways on GivingTuesday. Whether it’s helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving to causes we care about, every act of generosity counts. GivingTuesday has raised billions of dollars for critical causes around the world and gets 14.2 billion impressions on social media from people and organizations speaking up for the causes that matter to them and encouraging others to get involved.
"GivingTuesday inspires people all around the world to embrace their power to drive progress around the causes they care about, not just on one day but throughout the year." said Asha Curran, GivingTuesday’s CEO, and co-founder. "With country and community leaders, millions of organizations, and countless givers of all kinds, GivingTuesday is creating a shared space where we can see the radical implications of a more generous world."
Those who are interested in joining The Leonidas Foundation’s GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.leouniteus.org. For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesday on Twitter. For youth interested in joining the movement, visit GivingTuesdayKids.org for inspiration and project ideas.
About The Leonidas Foundation
The Leonidas Foundation is a charity organized to promote public service and provide humanitarian relief. While maintaining a strong love of God, country and brotherhood, our endeavors will offer relief to the poor and distressed while fostering mentorship and public service with honor, prowess, and integrity.
GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give. GivingTuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity and equity around the globe.
To learn more about GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:
GivingTuesday Kids Website: www.givingtuesdaykids.org
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Monday, October 21, 2019
Boonton, NJ ~ The Leonidas Foundation held its third annual Leonidas Vagias Memorial Golf Classic earlier today at The Knoll Golf Club West in Boonton.
The event featured an 18 hole round of golf enjoyed by over 110 golfers followed by a dinner reception with a silent auction. All proceeds raised are used by the Foundation to fund its many initiatives aimed at enhancing the mind, body, and spirit in the youth and underprivileged.
“We are humbled by the overwhelming turnout from our golf and auction participants once again,” said Matthew Perricone, the Foundation’s president. “Their continued generosity is the lifeblood that allows us to carry out our mission of educating young business minds, feeding the hungry, clothing the clothesless, and supporting other charitable endeavors.”
The dinner reception prominently featured a number of students currently in the L.E.O. Program (Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Opportunity) business education track at both Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, NJ, and Mount Saint Dominic Academy in Caldwell, NJ. This program - the only of its kind in New Jersey - integrates classroom instruction and guest lectures from real-life business leaders with a summer leadership conference in Washington, D.C. The Leonidas Foundation funds a multi-year endowment and many aspects of the program in partnership with the two high schools.
“Today’s event was simply awesome,” said Teddy Vagias, Trustee of The Leonidas Foundation. “It is empowering and uplifting to witness a community of charitability in action coming together to support a very worthy cause. My wife Frances, daughter Alexandra, and I are truly blessed.”
For more information about charitable endeavors and volunteer opportunities with The Leonidas Foundation, please visit www.leouniteus.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ~ Saturday, October 12, 2019
Contact: Matthew Perricone, President ~ 973-615-3501 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Ramsey, NJ ~ The Leonidas Foundation & Don Bosco Preparatory High School were proud to welcome the third cohort of school’s The L.E.O. Program at its annual Pinning Ceremony on Wednesday evening in Savio Hall at the school’s Ramsey New Jersey campus.
Twenty-five junior students were ceremoniously pinned in anticipation of the January 2020 commencement of their L.E.O. Program course. In the presence of current and graduated L.E.O. Program students, family, friends, Leonidas Foundation representatives, and members of the Don Bosco Prep religious and lay communities, the students heard testimony from their peers who have experienced the course along with best wishes from administration.
Following a welcome blessing by Fr. Jim Heuser, Director of Don Bosco Prep, students were greeted by Prof. John Esposito, Director of the L.E.O Program who recognized Ms. Tayler Falvey, the new Entrepreneurship Aide at Don Bosco Prep, and her contributions to the program. Leonidas Foundation Trustee Teddy Vagias, whose late son is the program’s namesake, offered a powered call to action expressing the Foundation and the school's commitment to investing in the students with the expectation that the students will commit to the coursework and interactive learning experiences.
The inductees were addressed by Don Bosco Prep alumnus and L.E.O. Program supporter Joseph Wexler. Since graduating from Fordham University in 2010, Joe has worked as a financial advisor. He currently serves on the Alumni Board for both Don Bosco Prep and Fordham University.
One of the highlights of the evening came when four former and current L.E.O. Program students spoke to those gathered about their experiences in L.E.O.. Owen Doherty, a member of the inaugural L.E.O. cohort, and fellow classmate Joseph Capone conveyed the gravity of the opportunity that L.E.O. offers the students involved.
Two current L.E.O. Program students, Michael Marian and Gregory Brew, then spoke about their time so far in L.E.O. including the mentors they have interacted with, their trip to Washington D.C. this past summer and the upcoming “Shark Tank” type presentation, IronWorks, that will take place in January. At IronWorks the L.E.O. students will pitch the businesses being developed with adult mentors to a real panel of investors, with the event serving as the culmination of their L.E.O. Program coursework.
Prior to the pinning exercise, Leonidas Foundation President Matthew Perricone ‘15 spoke to the attendees about the Foundation’s efforts in conjunction with Don Bosco Prep to formulate and develop the L.E.O. Program. The new L.E.O. students were then pinned by President Perricone, Vice President Alex Cucciniello ‘15, Prof. Esposito, and Trustee Vagias. Principal Manny Morelli concluded the evening’s festivities with words of encouragement to the new L.E.O. Program students and their families while discussing how the L.E.O. Program is serving as a model for the curriculum pathways programs that are being developed at Don Bosco Prep to enhance its preparation of its young men for their undergraduate studies and beyond
L.E.O. Program Students from Don Bosco Prep Complete Second Annual “Summer Leadership Conference” in Washington, D.C.
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Monday, June 24, 2019
Washington, D.C. ~ Thirteen students in Don Bosco Preparatory High School’s L.E.O. Program business pathway track successfully participated in and completed the second annual Summer Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. over the past two days. The conference is sponsored by The Leonidas Foundation and Mason Harriman Group, a D.C. consulting firm led by Teddy Vagias, who moderated the panel discussions.
The group of rising seniors departed New Jersey in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 22 and arrived in our nation’s capital before settling in at Mason Harriman Group’s headquarters in DuPont Circle. Over the next two days, the young men were addressed by twenty-five speakers from a wide variety of public and private sector backgrounds and experiences.
Day One commenced with the first panel of professionals, comprised of former Department of Homeland Security agency leaders: former D.H.S. Undersecretary of Management Janet Hale, current Federal Chief Information Officer (C.I.O.) for the Office of Management and Budget Margie Graves, and National Credit Union Administration Deputy C.I.O. Rob Foster, along with Small Business Administration (S.B.A.) C.I.O. Maria Roat, who also served 26 years in the U.S. Navy.
The second panel featured three military leaders: current Military Fellow to the office of U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy and U.S. Air Force Major Michelle Hernandez, Library of Congress Chief Operations Officer for Library Collections and Services Group Joe Cappello, and Deputy Director for Enterprise Governance for D.H.S.’s National Protection and Programs Directorate Lee Smith.
After a walking tour of DuPont Circle, the students enjoyed a catered dinner shared with a Young Professionals Panel featuring eight government and business leaders all under 30 years of age. The panelists included Congressional aides, political operatives, public relations professionals, and private sector businesspeople providing a wide array of insight and expertise to the L.E.O. students.
Day Two began with a breakfast featuring Elaine Rigas and Niko Rigas. Ms. Rigas currently serves as Director of the Total Force Office and Human Capital Management at the National Maritime Intelligence Integration Office. Mr. Rigas serves in an official capacity within the Trump Administration.
Speaking next and providing a “Washington 101” was lifelong Washingtonian and recipient of the US Army’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, Dean G. Popps. Secretary Popps formerly served as Acting Assistant Secretary of The Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. He spoke of his decorated career working with the military, especially his role in advising national security during the U.S. military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Secretary Popps provided a vivid description of the Washington, D.C. area with historical insights and personal anecdotes.
The following panel featured Chief of Business Operations for the Federal Emergency Management Authority’s Technical Hazards Division Duane Jenkins, Deputy C.I.O of D.H.S. Stephen Rice, Chief Technology Officer for the S.B.A. Sanjay Gupta, and Deputy Chief Procurement Officer for the Internal Revenue Service Harrison Smith.
The final panel of the weekend was comprised of former Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Presidential appointment as first C.I.O. of D.H.S. Stephen Cooper, Transformation Executive for the Department of Veterans Affairs Paul Brubaker, Principal at Emery Consulting Mark Emery, and former C.I.O. of D.H.S. Luke McCormack.
“Over the course of these panel discussions, our L.E.O. students have had the privilege of hearing the backstories and professional experiences from a number of highly influential government and business leaders of the past, present, and future,” said Matthew Perricone, President of The Leonidas Foundation. “The captivating insights and personal stories shared by these leaders of our nation with our students have provided a once in a lifetime opportunity for the young men to hear and interact with decision makers who have shaped the world as we know it.”
“Witnessing the students and panelists interactions over the past two days has been truly inspiring,” remarked Teddy Vagias. “These young men will be able to take these lessons and add knowledge to their repertoire as they seek to enhance themselves as future business and civic leaders of the world.”
“Our students’ participation in the L.E.O. Summer Leadership Conference has helped to enhance the lessons we have covered in our course at Don Bosco Prep, while exposing them to incomparable expertise of government leaders who have interacted significantly with those in the business world,” said Professor John Esposito, instructor and Dean of the L.E.O. Program. “I look forward to building upon the lessons learned here in Washington once the students return to the classroom in the fall.”
For more information on the L.E.O. Program and The Leonidas Foundation, please visit www.leouniteus.org.
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Sunday, April7, 2019
Contact: Matthew Perricone, President - 973-615-3501 - email@example.com
North Bergen, NJ ~ For the third consecutive year, The Leonidas Foundation enjoyed an overwhelming outpouring of community support and generosity at its Third Annual Kickoff Cocktail Reception. The event, held annually at The Waterside Restaurant & Catering in North Bergen, hosted over 500 generous attendees and featured in excess of 150 silent auction items as part of the Foundation’s effort to raise funds for service projects and community outreach while sustaining its endowments for its cornerstone, The L.E.O. Program (Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Opportunity) business education school at Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey and Mount Saint Dominic Academy in Caldwell.
Leonidas Foundation President Matthew Perricone and Vice President Alex Cucciniello welcomed the standing-room-only crowd as part of a program that included a performance by the New Jersey State Police Bagpipe Corps in honor of Leo Vagias and his best friend Sam Cali, who both passed away on June 20, 2016. Teddy Vagias, Leo’s father, presented the Foundation’s 2019 “Leader of the Year” Award, on behalf of his wife Frances and daughter Alexandra, to the 22 Don Bosco Prep seniors who were the first cohort to complete the L.E.O. Program.
“I am honored to present this award on behalf of my family and the foundation bearing my son’s name to the next generation of leaders,” said Teddy Vagias. “
Perricone also presented the administration of Mount Saint Dominic with an initial endowment check for $50,000.00 for the establishment of the L.E.O. Program at its first all-female high school. Leo’s sister Alexandra Vagias is a Mount alumna and cousin Katerina Holevas is a current student at the Essex County school.
“On behalf of the executive board of The Leonidas Foundation, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to all of the attendees, corporate sponsors, advertisers, auction item donors, financial contributors, benefactors, and volunteers who helped make this event such an immense success yet again,” said Perricone. “We are humbled by the support and partnership we have enjoyed from the community and look forward to continuing our mission to bring charity to the world in Leo’s name.”
After enjoying such a successful event, the Foundation will be hosting another fundraising event at Jersey Mike’s Subs in Fort Lee on May 4, 2019. Proceeds from the day’s sandwich sales will benefit The Leonidas Foundation at this location.
For more information on The Leonidas Foundation, including donation and volunteer opportunities and upcoming events, please visit www.LeoUniteUs.org.
The Leonidas Foundation announces partnership with Mount Saint Dominic Academy to establish second “L.E.O. Program” curriculum
Caldwell, NJ – The Leonidas Foundation is proud to announce that it will be establishing its second “L.E.O. Program” business curriculum at Mount Saint Dominic Academy in Caldwell, NJ. This will be the first private girls high school to offer the L.E.O. Program, which stands for “Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Opportunity.”
Approximately 15 students annually will be selected by a panel of Board members based on a comprehensive application process, complete with a professional resume and extensive interviewing. The program has attained a strong footing at Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, NJ, where it was introduced in 2017. Leonidas “Leo” Vagias, the program’s namesake, was a Don Bosco alumnus. His sister, Alexandra, is an alumna of Mount Saint Dominic and his cousin, Katerina Holevas, is currently a sophomore student.
The prospect of this new program has garnered a welcome reception at Mount Saint Dominic. A vast majority of the current sophomore class has expressed serious interest in applying for placement in the program.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for young women to meet with successful entrepreneurs and executives to help them become future business leaders,” said Matthew Perricone, President of The Leonidas Foundation. “We are beyond excited to bring this program to Mount Saint Dominic Academy and thank the administration of the school for being eager partners throughout the launch process.”
The significance of the program’s name represents the focal three tenets of its curriculum: leadership, entrepreneurship, and opportunity. Intensive classroom instruction on a wide range of business topics is enhanced by interactive panel discussions with current business and government leaders. The participating students will have the opportunity to attend the L.E.O. Program’s Summer Leadership at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. as well as other off-site learning experiences.
Marissa Muoio, the Dean of Admissions and a 2008 graduate of the school, and Kristen Zosche, the school’s Director of Curriculum, offered the following joint statement: "We are thrilled to partner with the Leonidas Foundation to bring the LEO Program to Mount St. Dominic Academy. The core tenets of the program - leadership, entrepreneurship, and opportunity - resonate with the Mount's continued dedication to innovation within our curriculum."
For more information about The Leonidas Foundation and The L.E.O. program, please visit www.LeoUniteUs.com.
The Leonidas Foundation Announces Third Recipient of “Leader of the Year” Award: L.E.O. Program Inaugural Cohort
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Contact: Matt Perricone, 973.615.3501, LeonidasFoundation@gmail.com
Ramsey, NJ ~ The Leonidas Foundation is proud to announce the third recipient of its annual “Leader of the Year” Award. The Foundation’s Executive Board has determined that this year’s award will be given to the 22 young men comprising the inaugural cohort of The L.E.O. Program business education track at Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, NJ.
“Once again, we have selected an award recipient truly embodying our Foundation’s core principles of mind, body, and spirit,” said Matthew Perricone, President of The Leonidas Foundation. “The first cohort of L.E.O. Program students have worked with us to establish this entity and solidify the foundation for Leo’s favorite subject to continue to be taught to Don Bosco Prep students for years to come.”
“These young Ironmen are the first to complete this innovative and intensive business education program,” said Alex Cucciniello, the Foundation’s Vice President. “They possess the potential and preparedness to make their mark as entrepreneurs moving forward.”
The award will be presented to these exceptional student leaders at the third annual Leonidas Foundation Kickoff Event, to be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at The Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen, NJ.
“My family and I are so proud of these young entrepreneurs,” said Trustee Teddy Vagias, Leo’s father, on behalf of his wife Frances and daughter Alexandra. “Their commitment to scholarship and philanthropy is commendable and I can think of no better way to recognize these future masters of industry than to have them receive this award.”
The L.E.O. Program is a two semester curriculum that cultivates students’ business acumen using an interactive instructional approach. Under the direction of Professor John Esposito, students explore business principles with a focus on the core values of Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Opportunity. The curriculum spans students’ junior and senior years, with nearly 60 sophomores applying annually and approximately twenty-five rising juniors being selected. Typical classroom instruction is supplemented with guest lecturers from the business world and a Summer Leadership Conference at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. featuring high level government officials and corporate executives.
“It is with great humility the utmost appreciation that our students accept this Leader of the Year award,” said Professor Esposito. “This program has evolved into something truly embodying Leo Vagias’ lifelong interest in business, imparting knowledge and wisdom on the leaders of tomorrow. We will display this award in our classroom with pride as a constant reminder of Leo’s influence on the young men of our program.”
For more information about The Leonidas Foundation – including ticket and event information for the upcoming Kickoff Cocktail Party event – please visit www.LeoUniteUs.org