$167,000 Distributed to 2015 Children’s Medical Fund Recipients

$167,000 Distributed to 2015 Children’s Medical Fund Recipients


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For immediate release: November 17, 2015

Boston, MA: At the Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon, $167,000 was awarded in grants. Under the high patronage of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and with the spiritual blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, the Fifteenth National Philoptochos Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon was held Saturday, October 31 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston, MA with almost 650 attendees from throughout the United States.

The event, entitled “Let Us Rejoice and Embrace the Children,” was organized by the National Philoptochos and the Metropolis of Boston.At the Luncheon, President Logus and Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos President and Luncheon Chair Frances Levas presented donations totaling $167,000 to ten organizations including hospitals, universities and programs that will benefit children throughout the Metropolis of Boston.

2015 Children’s Medical Fund Recipients

  • Baystate Pediatric Endocrinology – Springfield, MA $12,000 – Improving Access to Pediatric Diabetes Care through Video Communication
  • Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake, Inc. – Casco, ME $10,000Family Sponsorship Program for those affected by life threatening childhood illness
  • Cooley Dickinson Hospital – Northampton, MA – Cooley Dickinson Emergency Department Pediatric Rooms
  • Hasbro Children’s Hospital – Providence, RIPediatric Intensive Care Family Room
  • Health Imperatives, Inc. – Brockton, MA– Violence Intervention and Prevention Programs for crisis counseling and therapeutic support
  • Julia’s Wings Foundation – Sherman, CT $10,000Financial Assistance for Families of children at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute for daily living expenses and non-covered medical costs
  • Matthew Hearts of Hope Organization – Sherman, CT $25,000Congenital Heart Defect Research Grants including 3D imagery screenings not covered by Insurance at Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Mount Auburn Hospital – Cambridge, MA $20,000Phototherapy for the Treatment of Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia (Newborn Jaundice) 
  • New England Disabled Sports (NEDS) – Lincoln, NH $25,000General Support of Adaptive Sports Programs for Children Living with Disabilities
  • UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center: Palliative Care Program– Worcester, MA $15,000Advancing Palliative Care for Children Facing Life Limiting Conditions
Photos courtesy of National Philoptochos Communications Department

Photos Courtesy of National Philoptochos Communications Department

Boston news anchor Maria Stephanos presided as a warm and enthusiastic Master of Ceremonies and musical works were offered by ‘Romanos the Melodist’ Byzantine Choir from Hellenic College Holy Cross.The true purpose of the Luncheon was given full meaning as the audience listened to Keynote Speaker Jeanette G. Clough, President and CEO of Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Expounding on the vast physical and emotional problems faced by so many children in our society, she quoted Frederick Douglass, who said, “It is easier to build strong children, than to mend broken men”.Beck Shutte, a visually impaired young athlete representing New England Disabled Sports, gave a moving account of his journey, affirming the necessity of organizations that support children’s health.

In a gracious offering, author Nick Katsoris donated 300 books from his Loukoumi series, which raised $3,900 for the Children’s Medical Fund. The books will be sent to local organizations that benefit children.

Photos courtesy of National Philoptochos Communications Department

Photos courtesy of National Philoptochos Communications Department

A tribute was given to 2013 Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon chair Rosemary Nikas for her inspiring leadership at the previous edition of the event. Special gratitude went to 2015 Chair Levas and Co-Chairs Christine Karavites, Elaine Kevgas and Georgia Lagadinos as well as the entire Luncheon Committee from the Metropolis of Boston and across the country.His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios delivered inspiring reflections and a benediction to conclude the Luncheon, capping off an event focused on good will and love for children.





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.

Since its establishment in 1989, the Children’s Medical Fund has sought to provide medical assistance to critically ill Greek, Greek American and Orthodox children, whose families are unable to afford appropriate and necessary medical treatment. The Fund also provides grants for innovative research programs to pediatric hospitals throughout the United States and to organizations with special programs that care for children with critical and life threatening illnesses.


The National Philoptochos Society mission is to charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach to preserve the sanctity of life and family and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox faith and traditions.”.  The organization is led by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Chairman, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, Spiritual Advisor, Maria Logus, President, Arlene Siavelis Kehl, First Vice President, Evangeline Mekras Scurtis, Second Vice President, Jeannie Ranglas, Third Vice President, Christine Karavites, Secretary, Martha Stefanidakis, Treasurer, Georgia Vlitas, Assistant Treasurer and Aphrodite Skeadas, Advisor.  The organization’s Director is Helen Lavorata.

  • The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America that has offered eighty years of philanthropy through a multitude of programs that make a difference in the lives of people in the United States and throughout the world.  The Society was established in November 1931, by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I, who was then serving as Archbishop of North and South America.
  • Philoptochos fulfills its mission to “help the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, those with disabilities and the victims of disasters through its National and Metropolis Boards and its 26,000 members and more than 400 active chapters, nationwide.
  • His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America called Philoptochos, “an army of nobility and the jewel of our Church.”

To learn more about the National Philoptochos Society, visit http://www.philoptochos.org  

For more information regarding this material and the National Philoptochos Society, please contact Rania Richardson, Communications Manager at rrichardson@philoptochos.org

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