By Elena Saviolakis
WASHINGTON, DC – The Daughters of Penelope (DOP), a leading international service organization comprised of women of Hellenic heritage and Philhellenes, kicked of the New Year by launching a national project series which will include weekly webinars on each of their national projects through February. The third webinar of the series was about Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation, and live streamed on Thursday, January 28, with Sjogren’s President & CEO Steven Taylor and Sjogren’s Senior Vice President of Operations & Philanthropy Benjamin Basloe.
The Foundation’s vision is “to create a community where patients, healthcare professionals and researchers come together to conquer the complexities of Sjögren’s.” The Foundation’s mission is to support Sjögren’s patients and their loved ones through education, resources and services, provide credible resources and education for healthcare professionals, serve as the voice for all Sjögren’s patients through advocacy and awareness initiatives, and lead, encourage and fund innovative research projects to better understand, diagnose and treat Sjögren’s.
Guests panelists in addition to Sjogren’s President & CEO Steven Taylor and Sjogren’s Senior Vice President of Operations & Philanthropy Benjamin Basloe included Daughters of Penelope Grand President Celia Kachmarski, Daughters of Penelope Grand Secretary Georgette Boulegeris, Daughters of Penelope Grand Governor Kathy Matrakas, and Daughters of Penelope Executive Director Elena Saviolakis.
“The Sjögren’s Foundation was very excited to recently have the opportunity to present to the Daughters of Penelope. We appreciated the ability to educate the membership about the disease as well as share how their generous support is helping to make a real difference in the fight against Sjögren’s. The Sjögren’s Foundation thanks Grand President Kachmarski, Grand Secretary Boulegeris, Grand Governor Matrakas, and Executive Director Saviolakis for the wonderful invitation to present and is extremely honored to be one of the Daughter of Penelope’s Mandatory Projects,” said Basloe.
Grand President Kachmarski added, “we are not only proud to support and create awareness of this disease which primarily effects women but also proud of the working relationship the Sjogren’s Foundation has with the Greek community.”
The fourth webinar of the national project series will be Friday, February 5, about the Daughters of Penelope Foundation, Inc., with DOP Foundation, Inc. President & DOP Past Grand President Anna-Helene Grossomanides.