Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.
Recently, the Philoptochos Chapter of the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Community hosted a charity dinner where the women decorated the tables with Christmas themes. We called it the Philoptochos Christmas Tables Charity Dinner. Despite the long name, the event was simple.
We started by picking a charity. In the past, we’ve supported a local organization but this year we opted for a specific family. They own and operate a small floral business in town and many parishioners are their patrons. She has a rare blood disease, so when his health also failed him, we decided to see what we could do.
We secured a date with the church hall, found a caterer and booked a bartender. Since the event was held during Advent we served shrimp risotto, grilled mahi mahi, roasted vegetables, grilled zucchini, and salad. To supplement the meal, each hostess brought an appetizer or dessert.
The decorations were easy because the hostesses handled that part. With their own china, silver, and stemware, the women each designed a fantastic centerpiece with the only requirement being a Christmas theme. Everything was stunning!
In order to help boost our collection, we also held a silent auction, set in the middle of the room. We asked local businesses and parishioners for donations and they were very generous offering restaurant gift cards, home decorations, beauty services, and even car tune-ups. The auction was a blast! It served two functions; fundraiser and entertainment. It was amusing to watch the men guard their wives’ bid and women go head to head over a Christmas elf.
We raised a lovely amount for the family, to help them get through this difficult time and it was nice to do something for someone else right before Christmas.
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The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with 26,000 members nationwide. Philoptochos responds immediately to needs and crises and its philanthropic outreach extends to each area of the country and throughout the world. In 2014, National Philoptochos distributed $1.475 million in philanthropic aid.
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