Cinespace President Alex Pissios honored by SOS Illinois

Cinespace Chicago Film Studio President Alex Pissios received the Distinguished Community Leadership Award from SOS Children’s Villages Illinois during the organization’s Annual Meeting last week.

The event took place at Drinker Biddle & Reath, where staff, board members, and corporate partners gathered with friends were to celebrate the occasion and review the year.

During the “State of the Heart” portion of the meeting, Pissios was one of five individuals and businesses recognized for tremendous contributions and dedication to the children and families served by the nonprofit.

2019 SOS Children’s Villages Honorees
Chicago Yacht Club Making a Difference Award
Bert Brandt Lendlease Distinguished Business Leadership Award
Alex Pissios Cinespace 2019 Distinguished Community Leadership Award
Mike Landers Sodexo USA Distinguished Corporate Leadership Award
Minnie Reed Foster Parent Caring for Children Award – 24 years of service

Community-first leadership
“Alex embodies what it means to provide thoughtful, community-first leadership in business,” said SOS Illinois CEO, Tim McCormick. “Whether he is putting Chicago on the map with high-quality film and television productions at Cinespace; engaging with the SOS Illinois President’s Council; or, participating as a Dining & Conversation Luminary, Alex is widely known for his immense kindness, generosity, and commitment to building a better Chicago. We are delighted to present him with an award that highlights his community leadership,” he added.

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Other highlights included a presentation about how SOS Children’s Villages Illinois is making state-of-the-heart developments for children in foster care, an introduction to the organization’s 30th anniversary celebration, and a display of gratitude for the exceptional partners and individuals in business and leadership who have made contributions to the community.

Ted Selogie, General Manager of Swissôtel Chicago, offered the keynote address.

Photo Illinois Board President, Jim Wolfe with Alex Pissios of Cinespace Chicago and SOS Illinois CEO, Tim McCormick

About SOS Illinois
To learn more about how SOS Illinois has provided more than 1.3 million hours of care to children and families; caring for over 500 children at our Villages and surrounding communities; supporting 69 children as transitioned into “forever homes”; hiring 11 new Foster Parents; reaching over 1.5 million people on our social media channels; raising $1.8 million through donations, events, and corporate partnerships; celebrating a 100% high school graduation for the fourteenth year in a row, and many more notable successes in 2019, visit the website at

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