Philoptochos Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon 2015

Philoptochos Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon 2015


The video features highlights from the 15th Bi-Anual Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon hosted by the National Philoptochos Society on October 31, 2015 at the Renaissance Hotel, Boston. Special guests included His Eminence Elder Archbishop Demetrios of America, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston and His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela.

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 Maria 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.

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 Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

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.


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.
The Philoptochos’s major philanthropic initiatives are worth learning more about including: Feeding the Hungry: 250,000 Meals, Saint Nicholas National Shrine at Ground Zero, and National Philoptochos Children’s Medical Fund.

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 For more information regarding this material and the National Philoptochos Society, please contact Rania Richardson, Communications Manager at
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