National Philoptochos Society Supports Children’s Health

National Philoptochos Society Supports Children’s Health


The fifteenth Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon, held at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, was a stunning affirmation of the compassion and passion of the members of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society who have raised close to three million dollars since the establishment of the Children’s Medical Fund in 1989.

Under the High Patronage and Chairmanship of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, the Children’s Medical Luncheon was hosted on October 31, 2015, by the Metropolis of Boston under the leadership of His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston.  In his remarks, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios referred to the astounding work of the National Philoptochos Society, which has grown into a powerhouse of philanthropy since its early beginnings almost eighty-five years ago.

Maria Stephanos, one of Boston’s well-known and respected TV anchors was an electrifying and charming Master of Ceremonies who kept her guests in high spirits. The Luncheon was attended by a host of dignitaries, including newly inaugurated President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos and Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos President and 2015 Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon Chairman, Frances Levas.

In the course of the Luncheon, interspersed by melodic musical interludes by the ‘Romanos the Melodist’ Byzantine Choir from Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, National Philoptochos President Maria Logus granted a total of $167,000 to ten organizations, including hospitals, universities and programs that will benefit children throughout the Metropolis of Boston.

Guest speaker Jeanette G. Clough who presently serves as the President and CEO of Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts (a regional teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School serving the metropolitan Boston/Cambridge area) gave a harrowing account of medical and mental health issues affecting children in America today. However, she also gave the six hundred and fifty guests at the luncheon the heartening news of what medical breakthroughs have managed to achieve in improving the quality of lives of children.

Clough gave unforgettable testimony of a visually impaired child, Beck Shutte, representing New England Disabled Sports, whose own beautiful speech brought tears of admiration to the assembled guests and an affirmation of the value of their work.

Also moving was a speech in honor of Rosemary Nikas for her inspiring leadership of the 2013 Children’s Medical Luncheon which raised over a quarter of a million for hospitals, research programs, and social service programs benefiting ill and fragile children.

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios concluded the Luncheon by delivering a benediction, leaving the guests assembled with a deep sense of gratitude and joy for having participated in a memorable event that would mark the lives of many 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  


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Anberin Pasha

Anberin Pasha, OCN's Digital Disciple Producer and Program Coordinator is a Graduate student in the Master's of Divinity Program at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts.