In the Philadelphia Greek community, It was a year marked by transitions and milestones. Several churches, St. Thomas of Cherry Hill and St. Demetrios of Upper Darby celebrated their 50th and 75th anniversaries. While St. George Cathedral honored their class of 1940. The Philadelphia Greek Basketball League, known as the PGBL also celebrated ten years as a league for young men and waved goodbye to Bill Zonios and John Vasiliou, who retired as commissioners of the league.
The Hellenic Hearts Foundation established itself with its educational program that serves young high school students and helped those in need. While the Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia continued to create a digital library of the community and capture historic interviews with Greeks that have impacted the community at large. The Federation of Hellenic American Societies of Greater Philadelphia and Delaware Valley also marked its third consecutive year by hosting the Evzones from Greece for their annual Greek Independence Day parade.
Greek entrepreneurs made their mark as well in the food and service business. New restaurants sprouted up all over the Delaware Valley and featured the latest trends in what is being called Fast Casual Greek food. A newly formed Greek soccer team also made its debut in the cities first ever regionally sponsored tournament. Ethnic teams representing the diversity of the area competed for a chance to win the City cup. Our Greek soccer team ranked amongst the best.
The philanthropic endeavors through the churches continued. Feeding the homeless and helping those in need, especially during the holidays has become a staple of support for the surrounding area. Dance troupes, including the Pontian Akritai and the Pan Macedonians of Philadelphia, made the rounds again this year, singing kalanda. The tradition enriched the spirit of those homes and business these groups visited while giving us great pride.
Throughout the year, Cosmos Philly, now in its seventh year, continued to grow and stand as a partner to all Hellenes and Philhellenes. The call to preserve our future and share it continues. From our family to yours, we wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018. Καλή χρονιά!