Chicago, IL – Today marks one year since our dear friend and beloved Founder, Mr. Chris P. Tomaras, passed away. Mr. Tomaras will be remembered for his love of Hellenism, his entrepreneurial spirit, his devotion to his faith, and his infinite generosity.
Over the past year, Mr. Tomaras’ absence has been profoundly felt in the Greek American community, where he was deeply loved and admired, and was known to always offer support when it was needed. Mr. Tomaras was a successful businessman and inventor as founder of the Kronos Foods empire, but he was also tirelessly devoted to his philanthropic activities. He felt that this was his most important work.
Mr. Tomaras’ passion for education inspired him to establish the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation in 1998. He adamantly believed in the necessity of earning a college degree, and founded the organization so that deserving Greek American undergraduates would have the means to complete their education.
The Foundation’s Chairman, Robert A. Buhler, said of the one-year anniversary of Mr. Tomaras’ passing, “This October has taken on a great significance for me, as I honor the memory of my close friend, Chris Tomaras, and also mourn the very recent loss of my own father. I admired Mr. Tomaras because he was very much like my father: humble, warm, and overwhelmingly generous. This year without him has been one of great transition and change at the Foundation, and we will continue to work hard to realize Mr. Tomaras’ dream.”
Yanni Valsamas, Executive Director of the Foundation, added, “It is hard to believe that it has been one year since Mr. Tomaras left us. It has certainly been difficult not to have him with us, but we take comfort in knowing that his dream for the Foundation is being fulfilled. We are committed to working hard to honor his legacy.”
Mr. Tomaras’ one year memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois. The Divine Liturgy will start at 9:30 am. Immediately following, a Fellowship Hour in honor of Mr. Tomaras’ memory will be held in the St. George Community Center.