Upcoming Fundraising Events:
2014 Savannah International Food & Wine Tasting
Following a highly successful silent auction last year, we will hold our third SILENT AUCTION on September 6 from 3 to 5 pm also at the Hellenic Center featuring unique merchandise donated from businesses and individuals.
A portion of the proceeds from the Silent Auction will go to support COPE, a program that combats childhood obesity with a threefold approach – nutrition, education, fitness & behavioral health (www.copeforchange.org) and Camp CoDiaK, a camp for kids with Diabetes, a program of St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital (www.sjchs.org/CampCodiak)
In Other News!
Supported Charities this year
This year our local charities included Mystery Santa, Ronald McDonald House, Savannah Second Harvest, Union Mission, and Backus Children’s Hospital while our national ministry included the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, The Hellenic College, Sisterhood of St. Basil Academy, The International Orthodox Christian Charities, the 75th Anniversary Founders Fund, and the Orthodox Christian Fellowship. Additional support is given at the diocesan level in support of clergy education, youth/camp, and the Agape Fund of Atlanta
Philoptochos will host a Memorial Coffee Hour for church members – please notify Mercie Polites @ 232-6001, Betsy Varlagas @ 897-9708, Gabrielle Franklin@850-819-1271, or Peggy Pittas @ 912-376-6193
We also reach out to those in our community who are in special need.
We invite all ladies of the Eastern Orthodox faith over 18 yrs. of age and in good standing to join. We have associate memberships for non-Orthodox ladies. A larger membership willing to help in our many worthy causes makes our association stronger!
For Membership renewals and new memberships, please contact Kay Litchfield @ 912-665-4279
2014 Board of Directors
Betsy Varlagas, President
Peggy Pittas, First Vice President
Mercie Polites, Second Vice President
Sia Choko, Secretary
Gabrielle Franklin, Treasurer
Kay Litchfield, Membership
Marie Danos, Jamie Newman, Vanessa Jones, Mary Ann Gonis, Stamata Karfakis
St. Barbara’s Philoptochos Society Chapter 5019
Philoptochos is the largest organization of Greek Orthodox women that supports many charities while spiritually enriching its members through their participation in its philanthropic work. Established in 1931 by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I, we can proudly state that Philoptochos is the second largest women’s philanthropic organization in the United States in terms of money donated to charitable causes. It is second only to the Sisterhood of Hadassah, the Jewish women’s charitable group. Philoptochos functions at the local, diocesan, national, and international levels and is open to all women over 18 years old who are of the Greek (Eastern) Orthodox faith.