Philadelphia, PA – Golf fundraisers are more popular now than ever in the Greek community. It seems like everyone’s hosting one. The St. George Cathedral Golf classic stands out however. Although it’s a relatively new event, it’s historical ties and roots to Hellenism are what make it special.
Nick Yiantsos of the Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia addressed this issue and featured a display at the dinner following the round of golf. When you spoke to golfers, their thoughts and comments also addressed this.
St. George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral history as a cornerstone of Hellenism in Philadelphia and is in the heart of olde city, where the immigrant Greek community started more than 100 years ago. From this part of the city, Hellenism spread throughout the metropolitan area. It is a place many refer to when speaking about family roots and business.
Only it’s second year, the event has attracted some 25% more participants and has brought forth key members and sponsors who are passionate about the cathedrals future.
Many of it’s parishioners have been around for half a century and on this particular evening one of them was recognized. During dinner, CEO of Cedar Farms Gus Pahides was awarded a lifetime award/plaque. Senior members of the church, John Contoudis and John Sarkioglu presented the award for his dedication to St. George Greek Orthodox cathedral and his dedication to the Greek community of Philadelphia.
The success of the fundraiser and acknowledgement of Pahides dedication are symbolic of the belief in the future of the Cathedral.