Philoptochos Introduction

The Philoptochos Women’s Society of St. Athanasios is an organization whose primary purpose is aimed toward philanthropic endeavors and programs.  All men and women in our parish may become members of this society, which provides for the disadvantaged and assists the church in many ways.   Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month.

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Philoptochos News

Happy New Year!!! Wishing all of St. Irene’s Philoptochos members, their families and the parish a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

November was a busy month for our Philoptochos. We had our annual fashion show, which was a success. I thank all the ladies who worked hard to make it a success. Thank you to all of our friends and supporters who donated gifts, or gift certificates and attended the fashion show. For the 50/50 raffle this year, we chose The October Foundation, which is a rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol abuse.  We were able to give them $2500.  Philoptochos is aware of the dangers of opioid abuse and in this spirit we sponsored for our parish, especially our youth, an Opioid awareness evening on December 12th. Our GOYANS attended with their parents.

On December 3, 2019 along with our GOYA and some of their parents, we visited the Center for Food Actions Saddle Brook location in order to Sponsor and Pack Weekend Snack packs.   Our group sponsored 500 Weekend Snack packs and packed 780 in the time we were there.  The purpose of our visit was to fulfill the National Philoptochos Project of Feeding the Hungry.   Our chapter has been supporting this worthy cause for several years, and were drawn in by the impact of this program.     Hunger Hurts Many children who receive free or reduced-price school meals are left without adequate nutrition on weekends and holiday breaks. CFA’s Weekend Snack Pack Program is designed to fill this gap by providing healthy, kid-friendly, and easy to prepare snack foods to children at risk of weekend hunger.  The snack packs are delivered to 21 local schools and organizations of the Palisades. The teachers discreetly place the snack packs into the student’s backpack when they are out of the classroom. Special emphasis will always be placed upon privacy.  The Weekend Snack Pack Program is part of CFA’s expanded effort to reduce childhood hunger in our neighborhoods and help children perform better at school.

We were also busy baking the delicious Christmas desserts that were placed in beautiful platters for our parishioners to buy. Thank you to all the ladies in our parish who came to help bake.

Our Christmas Party on December 10th was a lot of fun. It was good to be together and celebrate the Christmas season. On December 28th we went to St. Michael’s Home for the Aged. It was such a rewarding experience. The residents are always so welcoming and not only are their spirits lifted but our hearts and spirits are lifted as well.

St Irene’s Philoptochos invites all women 18 years and older to join and become members. The work we do is very important. . Just in the months of September to November of 2019 we have given over $10,500 to 17 different charities. To name a few: St Michael’s Home for the Aged, St Basil’s Academy, National Children’s Medical Fund, Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund, Lustgarden Foundation, Parkinson’s Foundation, Center for Food Action (food for 10 families for Thanksgiving and 500 weekend snack packages for kids), Table of Plenty Food Pantry and of course to our own ministries – GOYA and Golf Outing.  We hope and look forward to helping more in the coming months.

Philoptochos Board:

Aspasia Panagiotopoulos, President

Thea Portelos, 1st Vice President

Anna Gourmos, 2nd Vice President

Rita Pavlou, Corresponding Secretary

Karen Scoullos, Recording Secretary

Xanthippi Nakopolos, Treasurer

Eleni Dedes, Assistant Treasurer

Vaso Panagopoulos, Advisor to the President

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