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Ai Myrophori’s Philoptochos’ Bid-N-Buy at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral

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By: Aphrodite Kotrotsios

“A Night in the Greek Islands”, was the theme of this year’s Ai Myrophori’s Philoptochos’ Bid-N-Buy on Friday, April 17, 2015.  The Bid-N-Buy took place at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Philadelphia, PA.  It was a vibrant and packed night with ladies from all over to participate in the event.  Several of the gifts were donated from parishioners that helped make the event a success.  It has been years since the Philoptochos of St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral organized and hosted a Bid-N-Buy.  Needless to say, this was one successful night, a night to remember.  It was a perfectly themed night with Greek music playing in the background, lovely gift baskets with Greek delicacies and, of course, traditional Greek dishes prepared by Kostas Kravaris and the Parish Council.

Father Ambrose Bitziadis-Bowers blessed the event and welcomed the ladies to the Bid-N-Buy at the Cathedral. “This is a wonderful event and a very successful Bid-N-Buy hosted by our Philoptochos, the charitable organization that supports the needy people in the area.  This is an evening of fellowship and I am grateful for this support and all proceeds of the event will support the charities of the Cathedral through the Philoptochos organization,” said Father.

Jenny Kravaris, President of the Ai Myrophori Philoptochos, welcomed and thanked the guests who were in attendance at the Bid-N-Buy.  She stated, “Tonight’s wonderful turnout gives us strength and courage to continue the mission of Philoptochos.  Ai Myrophori Philoptochos is rich in history and was initiated at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Philadelphia and it is our responsibility to keep this philanthropic organization alive”.  Jenny shared with the Hellenic News of America that the Philoptochos was initiated in 1937, and presently it has 40 members. Their ultimate goal is to motivate the younger generation to join the chapter.

Alexis Limberakis, chapter president at St. Luke’s in Broomall, 1st vice president of the Ladies of Philoptochos of the Metropolis of New Jersey and a national Philoptochos board member was also at the Bid-N-Buy.  Mrs. Limberakis told the Hellenic News of America that she is a proud member of the Ladies of Philoptochos.  She urges all women to get involved in their local chapters because it is a wonderful cause and a wonderful way to give back to those less fortunate.  All proceeds from the Philoptochos organization benefit several outreach programs to help people in need.  “This gives me an opportunity to meet women from all over the country as well as our Metropolis and see all the wonderful work our women are doing.  Philoptochos is an army of women doing tremendous work for those who are in need.  It is something I believe that every Greek Orthodox woman should be a part of as a Christian woman of faith, that is what God wants us to do, to do his work here on Earth”, said Mrs. Limberakis.  Furthermore, she congratulated Jenny Kravaris and her team for their wonderful efforts of the reinstated Bid-N-Buy at the Cathedral.  “Philoptochos is Philanthropy, faith and fellowship in action,” said Mrs. Limberakis.

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The contributions from the Bid-N-Buy will benefit Saint Basil Academy, St. Michael’s Assisted Living, and parishioners of the cathedral that are in need.  Additionally, contributions are sent to the Metropolis in which supports various other organizations such as Good Shepherd, and childhood cancer organizations.

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society mission is to aid the poor, to promote charitable and philanthropic purpose of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and to preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian faith and traditions.  It is an organization of women who work together in good faith for the betterment of society. The word Philoptochos, when translated from Greek, has the meaning “friends of the poor” and that is the mission of Philoptochos.  Ai Myrophori Philoptochos’ Bid-N-Buy at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral led by example with their tireless efforts of reinstating their Bid-N-Buy.

 

 

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