Bowling for Greece & Cyprus

As part of an ongoing initiative to help our brethren in Greece, this spring and summer the National Philoptochos Board was charged with hosting personal fundraising events to benefit the Aid to Greece and Cyprus Campaign. The National Philoptochos Society has already disbursed a total of $210,000 in 2012 and 2013 to non-governmental organizations in Greece.

We had a Q & A with three Chairs, National Board members Carol Stamas, Joanne Stavrakas, and Peggy Vranas, of a fun event hosted in the Metropolis of Chicago – here is what they had to say: 
Event Chairs: Peggy Vranas, Joanne Stavrakas and Carol Stamas

What was the name of your event? 

Strike One for Greece and Cyprus

Spare the Change!

Where did the event take place?

The event was held at Brunswick Deerbrook Lanes in Deerfield, Illinois.

How many people were in attendance?

About 75 people came ranging from 2 years old to 80 years old. All had a great time!

Where were they from?

They were from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

 How did you advertise?

We advertised via e-mail, mail, and by word of mouth. 

Where did the idea come from?

The idea came from a conversation amongst National Board members within our Metropolis who wanted to hold an event that was family focused so all could participate.

What was the atmosphere like?

It was a fun evening for bowlers and observers alike.

What did you hear from the attendees?

When are we going to do it again?

Did you have fun?


Why is it important to fund raise for the people of Greece and Cyprus?

Because there is such a great need.  Our hope is that what we have done and what others are doing will help alleviate the sadness and suffering faced continually by our brothers and sisters in Greece and Cyprus.

Marilyn Tzakis, Sophia Gabuzzi and Kathy Siavelis
Please feel free to add any information that was not covered in the above questions that you think is important or anything you wish to convey:

We wish our fellow Philoptochos sisters across the country good luck in their fundraisers!

Billy Vranas, Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos President Irene Arsoniadis, Angelo Mourelatos, George Arsoniadis, Juliana Arsoniadis and Chrysoula Zannis

-Vivian Siempos