Meet Elenie Loizou and John Perry! They are our community superstars, managing successful businesses while taking on tough challenges as community leaders in a host of non-profit organizations that make a positive difference in the lives of our citizens, young and old.

Nominations are open for 2020. Anyone can nominate, including individuals, charitable organizations and business groups. Share your super community and business stars with us by nominating them on our page here. Winners receive $500 donated to their favorite charity.

2019 Winner: Elenie Loizou
“Congratulations Elenie! You exemplify what makes Kingston and Ulster County a great place to grow a business or a family,” announced John Fisher, owner and founder of John H. Fisher, P.C., a Kingston law firm representing the catastrophically injured in New York and across the country.

Nominated for her thirty years championing services for those in need, Elenie serves in a variety of leadership roles including; past president of Junior League of Kingston ‘Cinderella’s Closet’ providing free prom dresses and tuxedos for high school students from Ulster and Dutchess Counties, Vice President of People’s Place, a Kingston food and clothing free pantry, president of the Hellenic Society and active member of the St. George Orthodox Church, president of KUBA, the Kingston Uptown Business Association, and continues to serve as an advisory member of the Ulster County Executive Committee working on extending social opportunities for our elderly.

As a third-generation owner of Dietz Stadium Diner located at 127 North Front Street in Kingston, Elenie says she learned early about giving back to the community. Keeping a business operating through economic ups and downs and helping others is a family tradition with Elenie starting with her grandparents who founded the popular diner in 1961.

“My take away in life is pretty simple. I give back to the community that has given to me and to our family and I include my children in all of our community activities,” says Elenie as she continues the family tradition of uber-community involvement with her husband of 30 years and their five children, including two sets of twins.

Elenie will donate the $500 Kingston Proud Award to People’s Place, “where they could use the money,” says Elenie.

2018 Winner: John Perry

Congratulations to John Perry, the 2018 Kingston Proud Award Recipient, in recognition for his twenty years as a successful entrepreneur and owner of Signature Fitness, a premier institution for anyone interested in maintaining and improving their health and fitness. Located at 33 Front Street in the Kingston Historic District, Signature Fitness remains a signature part of the Kingston Uptown landscape.

Mr. Perry’s exemplary character has resulted in his business and community successes. His life of service has enriched the lives of our citizens, most especially the youngest and most vulnerable.

The $500 Kingston Proud Award is being donated to Mr. Perry’s local charity of choice – The Boys & Girls Club of Ulster County – where he once received critical services that made all the difference in his life as the child of a single parent living in low-income housing.

Mr. Perry, we acknowledge and thank you for being an important part of what makes Kingston such a caring and extraordinary place that we are proud to call, “Home.”