“Philoptochos…..80 Years of Reaching Out and Touching Others” was the theme for the Metropolis Philoptochos luncheon.  The annual luncheon took place Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Rosewood Banquets in Rosemont, Illinois.  The sold out event, chaired by Irene Arsoniadis and Patty Tsaoussis, commemorated a significant milestone, the 80th Anniversary of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society. 

The luncheon featured two noteworthy young speakers from local parishes who shared their own personal experiences of the projects supported by Philoptochos and how it impacted their lives. Christopher Kantas, an attorney and former member of the Board of Trustees of University of Illinois in Champaign and a member of St. Nicholas Parish in Oak Lawn, spoke on his camping and counseling experiences at Fanari Camp and the Ionian Village in Greece.  Chris shared how the St. Nicholas Philoptochos made it possible for him to experience the camaraderie, friendship, and Christian values in an Orthodox environment during important phases of his life.

Peter Giannaris, the second speaker of the day, shared his experiences of the Philoxenia House in Rochester, Minnesota.  Pete suffers from PKD, a kidney disease, which has required him to have three kidney transplants.  Pete recounted how the warmth and hospitality of the ladies of Philoptochos and the Philoxenia House made him feel completely at home and contributed to his recovery.  He said that staying at the Philoxenia House was like staying at his own home surrounded by people who shared his values and faith and give him the love and support needed to carry him through a difficult time of his life.

Proceeds from the luncheon benefited The St. Iakovos Retreat Center, The Philoxenia House in Rochester, Minnesota and the Philanthropic Endeavors of the Metropolis Philoptochos Society. Please mark your calendars for the 2012 luncheon on Saturday, September 22, 2012.

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