Fund Raising News / Treasurer’s Update
The 5th Annual St. Athanasios Charity Golf Classic took place at the Paramus Golf & Country Club on Monday, Oct. 7th, 2019.
The Golf Outing had 94 Golfers playing on a day where rain threatened play, however the rain held out to the evening and course conditions were 79* and dry. The buzz and excitement for the 5th Annual Golf Classic was apparent as golfers arrived and registered. Golfers received welcome bags with custom 2019 St. Athanasios Charity Golf Classic hats (generously donated by Harry Poulos of What A Tee, Inc) & shirts (generously donated by Daron Jacobs of Brooklyn Cloth). After registration the Golfers participated in a putting contest for a chance to win a Callaway Mac Daddy Wedge. There was also a hearty brunch inside the clubhouse. Before embarking on the links to play in the tournament there were welcoming words by Golf Outing Chairman, Jason Fink and a prayer by Fr. Jim Moulketis. Next there were two raffles that took place to win a Callaway Epic 3 Wood and a golf foursome to Crystal Springs, Wild Turkey Golf Course
Once the Golfers finished their day of fun and friendship on the course, it was off to St. Athanasios’ Community Center for the Awards Dinner & Mega Tricky Tray. The room was filled with over 200 people. There were 50 luxury prizes all valued at least $200 with majority being valued at much more. The Mega Tricky Tray and dinner welcomed golfers, families and friends who enjoyed a cocktail hour with open bar & Hors d’oeuvres while they purchased tickets for the Mega Tricky Tray. The guests also participated in silent auctions for the chance to win Caribbean vacation packages.
The guests then made their way to the dinner tables and the ceremonies began with remarks from Jason Fink (Chairman), Nick Gagis (Co-Chairman), Andy Hios (Parish Council President),
The delicious and plentiful food was generously donated by our faithful parishioners, Mike Siderias of the Suburban Diner and George Hrissikos of MBH & Hrissikos Foods. Food was also generously donated by John Amoratis of the Bacari Grill, Peter Anastasopoulos of the Land & Sea Diner and Peter Hadjirou of Greek Taverna. The food was prepared & organized by Maria Fink, Maria Salemme, Rita Pavlou & Vaso Panagopoulos who did an absolutely amazing job. During the dinner, the Tricky Tray prizes were drawn. Additionally, live auctions were held for foursomes at private golf country clubs as well as a live auction to drive a new 2019 Maserati for the weekend. The evening was capped off with our 50/50 drawing. With so many amazing luxury prizes & such delicious food all attendees left with a big smile on their faces and full stomachs.
The 5th Annual St. Athanasios Charity Golf Classic was yet again a tremendous success. This year’s 2019 Golf Outing presently has approximate net proceeds of $41,000. In only its 5th year, the Golf Outing has netted over $195,000for our beloved parish of St. Athanasios. This success is only made possible by our Golfers, Sponsors, Food Donors, Gift Donors, Volunteers, and Ministries within our Church. On behalf of the Golf Outing Committee we extend a great thank you for your generosity, time and support.
Jason Fink & Nick Gagis
Golf Outing Co-Chairmen
The end of summer is behind us and the beginning of fall has arrived. All of our ministries are having their scheduled meetings and are planning their upcoming fundraising events. I am happy to report that since January, we have had tremendous accomplishments which included a successful Panigiri, a lucrative festival, a profitable car raffle, as well as our most recent event the valued golf outing. Thank you to all who have worked on these fundraisers and thank you to all our stewards who support the church with their time, work, dedication and talent. We thank each and every one of you! These efforts cannot be accomplished without your assistance.
Furthermore, I would like to add that the churches financial position is better than last year. We are continuing to pay expenses on time and do not have outstanding invoices as we approach the end of the year.
Our last event for 2019 will be a New Year’s Eve party held at St. Athanasios Community Hall. I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
Parish Council President
Matching Donations from your companies
Many of you work for companies that match your donation to non-profit organizations. In addition to that some companies provide grants for your volunteer work and even have established foundation for projects or enhancements to our community building.
We know some of you have completed the necessary applications and our church is reaping the benefits of double the donation without any added financial stress on your budget. This is huge in these highly financially demanding times. We are in deep gratitude of those parishioners who have come through and we ask those who have similar opportunities in the companies they work for to follow through as well. The church council will aid in filling out any paperwork/applications and provide the necessary IRS non-profit affirmation letters to anyone who asks.
If you have any questions or if you need any help please come speak to us or contact the church office and Tina will put you in touch with us so we can give any help you may need to set this up with your companies.
St. Athanasios Church Council
Parish Council 2019:
President: Andy Hios
Vice President: Chuck Tsocanos
2nd Vice President: Spero Leakas
Treasurer: Dean Tomaras
Asst. Treasurer: Peter Paizis
Secretary: Manny Jouvanis
Chuck K. Tsocanos
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