Paoli, PA – “The fundraising efforts go towards keeping the doors open” said John Aivazoglou a parishioner and one of the co-chairs at the St. George Golf fundraiser. On Monday, sports lovers and friends of St. George gathered for a day of golf and an evening benefit on behalf of the church. Hosted for the 5th time in ten years, the event raises much needed funds through a silent and public auction. In addition, more than twenty area companies also were recognized for their philanthropic donations. Co-chairs John Aivazoglou and Kosta Pippis addressed the guests and thanked them for their support. From scholarships to general church expenses the funds come at a much needed time the historic parish.
To date, more than $350,000 were raised from this event for St. George, which happens to be the oldest Greek Orthodox parish in Delaware County Pennsylvania. The parish was originally established in Chester Pennsylvania in 1915 and then relocated to it’s current location (Middletown, PA) in 1975 when it began to service the community.
There were several awards also given to attendees for their dedication to the Greek Orthodox parish. A special award, Most Valuable Player, was given to Dionisios Gianneas a long time member of the church. A black and white photograph from September of 1979 was given to Gianneas who is in the photograph, along with his son and parents during a memorable church event. St. George continues it’s mission of Orthodoxy in Delaware County and is one of thirteen member churches of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey.