"Adopt A Soldier" Shoebox Greetings is a program run in Wilton, NY. Our sister chapter Schenectady Philoptochos has participated in this program for many years and this year we joined them. We filled 35 plastic shoe boxes with non-perishable items to be sent to soldiers overseas for their holiday. By working together, our chapters do make a difference in yet another area. This took place on Wednesday, November 28, 2012.
We traveled to Garrison, NY on June 15, 2013 on a beautiful day to attend graduation ceremonies and luncheon under the tent. St. Basil Academy sits on the Hudson River directly across from West Point. Those attending from the Capital District were Jan Gallas, Albany Philoptochos President, Gladys Paravelos, Schenectady Philoptochos President, Olga Delorey, Schenectady Philoptochos Secretary, and Christine Dalapas, Troy Philoptochos Member.
Attending from the Daughters of Penelope from Albany were Barbara Rustin, President, Stephanie Kontakos, Maids Advisor, and Valerie Kontakos, Maids Member.
On October 9, 2013, the Order of AHEPA made a generous donation of toiletries, for the children and young adults being treated and cared for by the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. The Order of AHEPA and Albany Medical Center wish to thank the entire St. Sophia Community for its generosity.
Our Ladies Philoptochos Society along with the Maids joined Cap Com to form a team for the 2013 "Making Strides for Breast Cancer" on October 20th. We were 30 people walking this year representing one of the largest groups we've had in many years. Our goal of $2,000 was easily reached - another milestone for our group. Sincere thanks for your continued support in this most important effort!!
Many of the Ladies Philoptochos members attended the Annual Dinner for Capital City Rescue Mission of Albany on October 24, 2013 at Michael’s Banquet House in Latham. The mission assists local people in need of housing, clothing and food. Our donations support this cause throughout the year.
The Albany Sons of Pericles Phocion Chapter #44 honored Deacon Gus and Mrs. Tina Yavis on Sunday, November 10, 2013. They have been active and beloved members of the community for many decades. Present to honor them at their recognition breakfast were AHEPA District 6 Lt. Governor Peter Vasilakos, AHEPA District 6 Secretary Stefan Kalogridis, and Sons of Pericles Supreme Vice President James Googas. Sons of Pericles Chapter #44 President Stelios Moisidis, along with his officers and members, worked diligently to sponsor and support this event. All proceeds will benefit the 2013-2014 Sons National Project, which is the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance. Its goal is to find a treatment and cure for this debilitating neuro-muscular disorder.
Photos from the 2014 AHEPAN of the Year held on Monday, June 16, 2014. The AHEPAN of the Year Award was presented to Stefan Kalogridis for his many years of selfless contribution and service. The chapter presented the Community Service Award to Jan Gallas for a lifetime of charitable works and service devoted to making a positive difference in the lives of those in need.