Philoptochos Gives Generous Gift to IOCC

Baltimore, MD (July 11, 2002) — The Ladies Philoptochos Society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has given a gift of $30,000 to International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).

The donation was announced July 2 in Los Angeles at the Philoptochos Tribute Dinner of the 36th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Archdiocese. IOCC Development Officer Dan Christopulos was on hand to accept the check from National Philoptochos President Eve Condakes and Martha Stefanidakis, Philoptochos’ national chairwoman for IOCC.

“The mission of Philoptochos, which means “friends of the poor,” is almost identical to the mission of IOCC,” Mrs. Stefanidakis said. “Therefore, it’s important for us to be a part of the humanitarian effort of IOCC.”

Founded in 1992, IOCC is the official humanitarian aid agency of Orthodox Christians and works in cooperation with the Orthodox Church worldwide. Philoptochos is the official philanthropic organization of the Greek Archdiocese.

The donation is the result of a unanimous vote taken two years ago by delegates of Philoptochos to make IOCC a national commitment of the organization. Philoptochos will issue an annual appeal to its 470 chapters to give to IOCC.

This is the first such gift based on this appeal, Mrs. Stefanidakis said, and it is the largest gift ever given by Philoptochos to IOCC.

“This extraordinary gift from Philoptochos is another example of the ongoing, dynamic partnership between Orthodox women and IOCC,” said IOCC Executive Director Constantine M. Triantafilou. “We’re thankful for Philoptochos’ stewardship, which will go a long way in responding to the needs of people around the world.”