Deptford, NJ – The winter autumn ball fundraiser for St. George Cathedral was hosting this past Sunday evening. The annual event was organized to raise funds for the Rectory which is adjacent to the Cathedral. Designed and built some years later by Architect John Haviland, today it is the home office for the church. The Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia has also made it’s home on the 3rd floor where it aims to bring together the history of the Greek-American community of Philadelphia.
John Sarkioglou, event chairman, welcomed the many guests, parishioners and families to the event. He talked about the long history of the cathedral and it’s significance to the city of Philadelphia, as well as to the Greek community. He discussed the cathedral’s restoration that started eight years ago, while thanking those that participated. “The Rectory is the next stage of our restoration and is a vital part in completed the overall concept”, said Sarkioglou. Built in 1921, the cathedral will be celebrating its two hundredth year in 2021.
“This new project will be directed by the Very Reverend Father Ambrose Bitziades-Bowers of St. George Cathedral. The goal is to have the Cathedral and the Rectory, two crown jewels of the City of Philadelphia, part of the historic walking tour which runs May through October”, added Sarkioglou.
The event was highlighted by a speech acknowledging the efforts and dedication of members of the cathedral. Parish member, Anthony Beldecos directed his comments to the parishioners and thanked them. Cathedral member Agnes Keisoglou then brought forward a plaque that was given to Gus Avgerinos a long time member of the cathedral. Avgerinos has been a member of the church for some 50 years and has served as President of the parish council. The award was accompanied by a medal awarded by Father Ambrose Bitziades-Bowers.