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National Philoptochos Announces Disbursement of $30,000 in Emergency Relief for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

New York, NY: The stewards of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, committed to making a difference in the world, are limitless in their compassion for serving the victims of disasters. Once again, National Philoptochos answered the call in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s historic flooding in Texas. Fifty-five inches of rain fell, depositing 24.5 trillion gallons of rainwater on the effected areas. This is three times the amount of water that Hurricane Katrina produced.

On August 31, 2017, the National Philoptochos approved a disbursement of $30,000 to IOCC as an immediate and initial contribution to benefit victims. As the needs of the communities are better identified in the coming weeks and months, Philoptochos will continue to provide aid and comfort locally with hands-on support on the ground and nationally with additional financial support.

Since 2004, National Philoptochos has distributed over $600,000 around the world to victims of disasters, including:

  • Floods in Iowa, Nashville, Pakistan, Mississippi, Serbia, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Texas
  • Earthquakes in Haiti, Nepal, and Mytiline in Greece
  • Florida Hurricanes, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, and Hurricane Matthew
  • Fires in Greece and San Francisco
  • Tsunami in Japan
  • Taiphoon in Hong Kong
  • Tornado at Ionian village

The National Philoptochos Emergency Fund makes it possible for Philoptochos to respond with immediate aid when disasters strike. Heartfelt thanks go to the more than 400 local Philoptochos chapters across the US, along with their communities, without whose support the work of the National Philoptochos would not be possible. Working together, with the love and blessings of God, we will continue our work to lessen the pain, loss and suffering of the most fragile in our society.

To support the National Philoptochos Emergency Fund, please log on to http://bit.ly/1MpMsF3 to make your donation.

For additional information, please contact:  Barbara Pasalis, Public Relations Co-Chair, at bpasalis@yahoo.com

For the official Hurricane Harvey press release, please click here.

Archbishop Demetrios Reappoints President Logus

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, and Chairman of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society announced the reappointment of Maria Logus of New York to a second term as National Philoptochos President at the inaugural meeting of the 2016-2018 National Philoptochos Board held on October 14 at the Marriott Marquis in New York.  Archbishop Demetrios praised Miss Logus for her deep commitment to Philoptochos and the Church and commended her first term as President.

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Philoptochos Society Set to Celebrate 85 Years of Philanthropy at Nashville Convention

New York, NY- Hundreds of delegates from across the country are set to attend the 2016 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention from July 3 to 7 in Nashville, TN.   The most significant event of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society will run concurrently with the Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center with the shared theme of “You are the Voice of Christ in a Changing World,” as set forth by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America.

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National Philoptochos Distributes $682,027 at Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon and National Board Meeting

Boston, MA: In the final days of October, National Philoptochos distributed $682,027 to worthy causes and programs.   At the Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon, $167,000 was awarded in grants and at an earlier National Board meeting, the Board voted to distribute $515,027, which included the notable sum of $400,000 for the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine.

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Philoptochos Hosts Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon in Boston to Benefit Area Hospitals and Children’s Programs

Under the High Patronage of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, the Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos will host the Fifteenth National Philoptochos Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon, “Let Us Rejoice and Embrace The Children,” on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston, MA at noon, with a reception at 11am.

Established in 1989, the Children’s Medical Fund (CMF) has made a positive difference in the lives of children in the United States and throughout the world by donating close to $3 million to medical programs and facilities that offer care, treatment, innovative research and cures.

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National Philoptochos Distributes Close to Half a Million Dollars to Aid People in Greece and Cyprus

New York, NY- The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society has always acted to alleviate suffering and provide solace for those most in need.  In 2012, National Philoptochos turned to our brothers and sisters in Greece and Cyprus, affected by the severe economic crisis, and created the Aid to Greece and Cyprus Fund.  To date, $450,000 has been disbursed through this fund to help Greeks, in Cyprus and Greece, affected by ongoing hardship.  

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Philoptochos Society Recognizes World Hunger Day

New York, NY- On May 27, one day prior to World Hunger Day, members of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society will mark the occasion at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Manhattan, by assembling 12,000 meals in partnership with the Feeding Children Everywhere, an organization that provides materials to package individual nutritious meals. Hoping to engage families and communities in their philanthropic work, husbands, children and friends of Philoptochos members will join the women in this hands-on activity.

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