Honoring Basil Capetanakis upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the 2014 Civic Award by the Bay Ridge Community Council

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  • 29 / May / 2014

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Basil Capetanakis upon the occasion of
his designation as recipient of the 2014 Civic Award by the Bay Ridge
Community Council

WHEREAS, A great community is only as great as those persons and organ-
izations that provide exemplary service, whether through participation
in voluntary programs, through unique personal achievement in their
profession or other endeavors, or simply through a lifetime of good
citizenship; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Basil Cape-
tanakis, upon the occasion of being named winner of the 2014 Civic Award
by the Bay Ridge Community Council; he will be honored at its 63rd Annu-
al Dinner Dance on Thursday, June 5, 2014; and
WHEREAS, The Bay Ridge Community Council is an umbrella organization
composed of nearly 100 civic groups, whose goal is to improve the quali-
ty of life for residents in the Brooklyn, New York, neighborhoods of Bay
Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Fort Hamilton; and
WHEREAS, The Bay Ridge Community Council Civic Award is given annually
to an individual who has a passion for improving life for those around
them, while at the same time capturing the unique spirit of Bay Ridge;
WHEREAS, Basil Capetanakis has been called upon to contribute his time
and talents to countless civic and charitable endeavors and has always
given of himself unstintingly; and
WHEREAS, Basil Capetanakis was born in Sparta, Greece in 1930; he and
his family immigrated to the United States in 1946, and eventually
settled in Park Slope; and
WHEREAS, After graduating from Manual Training High School, Basil
Capetanakis attended Brooklyn College, while also starting the first of
many businesses with his family, a popular restaurant in Park Slope; and
WHEREAS, This esteemed man served his country honorably as a member of
the United States Army during the Korean War, joining his brother James
in the Fourth Infantry in Germany; and
WHEREAS, Following his honorable discharge in 1955, Basil Capetanakis
rejoined his family business and completed his studies at Brooklyn
College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science
in 1959; he then completed graduate coursework in the Real Estate
Program at Baruch College, and began his long and successful real estate
career; and
WHEREAS, In 1972, Basil Capetanakis founded 14 Apollo Real Estate,
which he named after the Apollo space mission; since then, he has been a
fixture in the real estate industry, particularly in Bay Ridge and Park
Slope, where he became a Director of the Board of Realtors and Multiple
Listing Service; and
WHEREAS, Dedicated to community service, Basil Capetanakis is past
president of both Brooklyn's AHEPA Chapter 41 and the parish council of
Kimisis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, Chairman of Community Board 10,
and a member of Fort Hamilton's Citizen Action Committee; in addition he
is a founding member of the Soterios Ellenas Parochial School and the
5th Avenue Business Improvement District; and
WHEREAS, Throughout his successful 50 year career, Basil Capetanakis
has received numerous awards from religious, political, and secular
organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America's highest honor, the
Silver Beaver Award; and
WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period of his community service, a
period of constructive involvement, Basil Capetanakis has stood constant
in dignity, good grace and humor; and

WHEREAS, With him throughout have been his wife, Angeline, his three
children, Charles (Dena), John (Elissa) and Maria (Tony), as well as his
nine grandsons, all of whom feel privileged to be a part of his life and
rejoice in his achievements; and
WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual for the benefit of others which this remarkable man has displayed
throughout his life; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Basil Capetanakis upon the occasion of being named winner of the
2014 Civic Award by the Bay Ridge Community Council; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Basil Capetanakis.


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