Greek-American High School Students Start a Business to Benefit Charities

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Adam Hadjipateras and Liliana Papachristos with some of the items from their company The Midas T. Photo by Alexandra Polites

GARDEN CITY, NY – Adam Hadjipateras and Liliana Papachristos, two Greek-American high school students from Garden City, Long Island, have been active in philanthropic causes with their GOYA group at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Paul.

Among their efforts, they have fed the homeless in New York City, visited hospitals, sorted through donations, and volunteered at the St. Paul’s Greek Festival. These acts of service inspired them to give back even more to the community and to contribute in a tangible way. Hadjipateras and Papachristos came up with the idea of designing and selling Greek-inspired merchandise at Greek Festivals and online. They set up a company called The Midas T and one hundred percent of profits support charities with which they have been actively involved. They chose the image of the donkey to reflect their Greek heritage and came up with the name Midas when they remembered the myth of King Midas growing donkey ears.

So far, Midas has sold hundreds of items of clothing and has contributed thousands of dollars to charities. In June, Hadjipateras and Papachristos visited St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital and supplied St. Mary’s with equipment for its feeding program. This summer, Hadjipateras visited Greece and volunteered at the Home Project in Athens, which provides housing as well as other support for unaccompanied, refugee minors. Profits from Midas sales were used to supply and install air conditioning units for The Home Project shelter in Kalithea, which previously had no air conditioning at all. Hadjipateras remarked, “It was an incredible experience to see how our contribution helped the day-to-day lives of these kids who have inspired me so much.”

Hadjipateras and Papachristos hope to create a network of teens like them to sell Midas merchandise around the United States to raise money for the causes of their choice. Papachristos said, “We would love it if other teens would join us and become Midas ambassadors in their communities.”

When asked where their families are from in Greece, they told The National Herald that Hadjipateras’ family is from Oinousses on his father’s side and Patra, Thessaloniki, Andros, and Constantinople on his mother’s side; Papachristos’ family is from Kastanea, Karpenisi on her mother’s side and Megalohari, Arta and Kalithies, Rhodes on her father’s side.

Hadjipateras is a junior in high school and Papachristos is a senior and both plan on pursuing business degrees in college, they told TNH.

Next up for the business partners, they will be selling Midas apparel at Archangel Michael’s Greek Festival in Port Washington, Long Island on September 27-29.

Any interested teen should email Hadjipateras and Papachristos:

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