Third Annual Epiphany Charity Ball
Saturday, January 19, 2008
The Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton, WV was the setting for the 3rd Annual Epiphany Charity Ball. Despite the chilly temperatures, the event drew 230 people from the Steubenville, Weirton and Pittsburgh metropolitan areas. The Epiphany Ball was sponsored by the Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church of Steubenville, OH and the IOCC Pittsburgh Metropolitan Committee. Vespers were held at the nearby St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and then the event moved to the Cultural Center for hors d’oeuvres and a delicious 4-course meal. Prior to the meal, Tsar Lazar Men’s Choir from Pittsburgh, PA performed several beautiful and moving Serbian hymns.
Speakers included: Rev. Fr. Frank Milanese, master of ceremonies and priest of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church of Weirton, WV; Mark Zatezalo, Parish Council President of Holy Resurrection Church; Nicholas Terezis, Chairman of IOCC Pittsburgh Metropolitan Committee; and our special guest speaker Constantine Triantafilou, IOCC Executive Director & CEO from Baltimore, MD. Mr. Triantafilou gave an inspiring overview of the many efforts of IOCC and compelled us to hear Christ knocking in our hearts to help those in dire need. Also, Dr. William Wusylko gave a brief overview of his rewarding experience helping build homes in Louisiana in connection with the IOCC “Volunteer in the Gulf” program. Closing prayer was offered by Very Rev. Fr. Rade Merick, priest of the host parish. We were also honored to have Vasi Jankovich, the IOCC Outreach Coordinator, join us from Baltimore. After dinner and the program, live Greek and Serbian bands provided dance music for a festive closure to the evening.
A silent auction was held for several gift baskets. Overall, the net proceeds to benefit IOCC from the evening was nearly $10,000! The Committee extends its sincere thanks to: the Serbian American Cultural Center; the Greek Company Orchestra, Randy Lugares, and Justin Greenwalt for providing the musical entertainment; Nick and Pearl Tranto, Georgia Anetakis, and Irene Anetakis for making the Baklava desert; and all those involved with the 2008 Epiphany Ball. Next year’s Epiphany Ball is schedule for Jan. 17, 2009.
Click here for audio from the event..