George Markos, owner of Brothers Deli in Lynn, has received an award for community service from President Barack Obama.
Markos was named as a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of his work in the Lynn community. The award is presented through the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The handsome certificate that was sent to Markos reads: “In recognition and appreciation of your commitment to strengthening our nation and for making a difference through volunteer service.”
The congratulatory letter sent to Markos is signed, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America.
“I’m truly honored and thrilled,” said Markos. “I really didn’t expect this recognition from the President. I do community service because I feel like doing it – that’s the way I grew up, to help others.”
Markos and his staff host an annual Thanksgiving dinner at his popular restaurant on Market Street. The full-course turkey dinner is served free to all guests. He also assists numerous local organizations.
“I try to do anything I can to help the community,” said Markos. “It’s something I grew up doing and I will continue to help people.”
Markos came to the United States from Greece 35 years ago. He has owned and operated Brothers Deli for 20 years. He and his wife, Eva, have two children, Alexandra, who is pursuing her doctorate at Kings College in England, and a son, Goerge II, a junior at George Washington University.