By: Aphrodite Kotrotsios, Co-Publisher
The Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City celebrated its 80th anniversary on Friday June 5, 2015 at Gustavino’s in New York City. Attended by well over 500 guests, the summer’s most chic soiree was a great success. In particular, the soiree had an unprecedented amount of 300 Greek-American young professionals from the tri-state area in attendance. Hellenic News of America sat down with Justin Bozonelis, Co-Chair of the Soiree, who is in his fifth year of organizing events in honor of the Cathedral.
Hellenic News of America (HNA): Tell me a little about the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Soiree.
Justin Bozonelis (JB): The Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Soiree was held at Guastavino’s on Friday, June 5th in New York City. The event was marked by over 500 attendees and was held in celebration of the Cathedral community, Father John Vlahos as new Cathedral Dean and industrialist Dennis Mehiel who received the inaugural Holy Trinity Award. Remarks were offered by his Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Cathedral President Dean Poll, business mogul John Catsimatidis and both myself and Stella Pantelidis who served as Soiree Co-chairs. From there, the crowd enjoyed the music of Power Station who provided a live band, jazz singer and DJ, as well as food and libations throughout the night. The party was kept going an extra hour due to its energy and didn’t conclude until after midnight.
HNA: Was it a huge success?
JB: The event was a success in many different ways. First and foremost, it served as a way to really bring the community together on a Friday night to kick off the summer. New friendships were formed and both Cathedral parishioners and attendees who visited from across the country enjoyed the opportunity to reunite. The Soiree was also a strong financial success, the best to date among Cathedral galas
HNA: You had great support from the young professionals, tell me a little bit about that?
JB: The young professionals stepped up in a meaningful way. The event was held on a Friday night in June in Manhattan, a time when the 20s and 30s something crowd could literally be anywhere. Instead they chose to attend in support of the Cathedral which was terrific. Over half the crowd was young professionals who were a big part of making this party the best one yet.
HNA: A wonderful night hosted in honor raising funds for the Cathedral. Will all the proceeds benefit the Cathedral?
JB: 100%, and our hope is that this is only the beginning with respect to attendee involvement at the Cathedral. A dynamic community of parishioners, volunteers and stewards continue to support the church, and new groups have been formed to better welcome those who are interested in participating. Please check out www.thecathedralnyc.org for further information.
A special thank you to all those that contributed in making the soiree a success:
George Iliopoulos, Consul General Greece in NY, Dean Poll, President of Cathedral Trustees, Father John Vlahos, Dean of the Cathedral, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Karen Mehiel, Dennis Mehiel, Holy Trinity Award Recipient, Stella Pantelidis, co-chair, Justin Bozonelis co-chair, Pauline Kotsilimbas, Stephanie Pantelidis, Catherine Moutoussis and of course the young professionals committee that consisted of over 30 young professionals.