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Archbishop Demetrios Reappoints Maria Logus National Philoptochos President

For immediate release:October 31, 2018

New York, NY - His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, and Chairman of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society announced the reappointment of Maria Logus of New York to a third term as National Philoptochos President, as well as the re-election of the Executive Board Members, at the inaugural meeting of the 2018-2020 National Philoptochos Board held on October 19 at the Marriott Marquis in New York. Archbishop Demetrios praised Miss Logus and the Executive Board for their commitment to the mission of Philoptochos and the Church.

For the full press release, please click here.

2018 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention: All things are possible to the one who believes in Christ (Mark 9:23)

For immediate release: July 25, 2018

Boston, MA- With the theme, “All things are possible to the one who believes in Christ” (Mark 9:23), the 2018 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention was held in Boston, MA, the Athens of America, from July 1 to 5, 2018 in conjunction with the 44th Clergy-Laity Congress. Nearly 400 registered delegates gathered representing Philoptochos chapters from across the United States. The Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos hosted the event under the spiritual leadership of Metropolitan Methodios.

For the full press release, click here.

National Philoptochos President Announces Goals For The 2018-2020 Term

For Immediate Release: November 30, 2018

Following the reappointment of Ms. Maria Logus of New York to a third term as National Philoptochos President, she announced her goals for the 2018-2020 term.

Ms. Logus seeks to harness the momentum and enthusiasm that energized delegates at the 2018 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention in Boston through a continuation of successful initiatives and challenges to the metropolises, chapters and faithful and dedicated stewards; as well as new programs and initiatives designed to assist the underserved in our communities, as well as our members and parish communities

For the full press release, please click here.

NATIONAL PHILOPTOCHOS DISTRIBUTES $106,710 TO THE ATTICA FIRE VICTIMS

 For immediate release: September 27,2018

 New York- The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. has, to date, collected $106,710 for the victims of the devastating and deadly wildfires in Attica, Greece. 

Victims of the fast-moving blaze continue to deal with the impact of the fires and the need for assistance is great. In her plea to chapters and stewards, National Philoptochos President Maria Logus stated that “the generosity of Philoptochos is well known and much appreciated throughout the world. Our brothers and sisters in Greece need our love and our support at this time and once again, Philoptochos will answer their plea.” In expressing his gratitude for the outpouring of generous support, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, observed that “These gifts of love will assist our brethren to help them rebuild their homes and livelihoods and will also be a witness of the strong bonds of Faith and heritage that we share with the people of Greece, especially in such times of tragedy.”

To read the rest of the press release, click here.

National Philoptochos Distributes $682,027 at the CMF Luncheon

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. The Philoptochos events began on October 29 with participation in the inauguration of Reverend Christopher T. Metropulos as the 21st President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Women of Philoptochos shared in the celebration by attending the inaugural ceremony, where National Philoptochos President  Maria Logus offered warm greetings on behalf of the Society. Under the high patronage of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and with the spiritual blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, the Fifteenth National Philoptochos Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon was held Saturday, October 31 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston, MA with almost 650 attendees from throughout the United States. The event, entitled “Let Us Rejoice and Embrace the Children,” was organized by the National Philoptochos and the Metropolis of Boston.

At the Luncheon, President Logus and Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos President and Luncheon Chair Frances Levas presented donations totaling $167,000 to ten organizations including hospitals, universities and programs that will benefit children throughout the Metropolis of Boston.

To read the full press release, click here.

 

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

New York, NY- 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.

To read the full press release, click here.

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