About Philoptochos

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos society is the official philanthropic women’s organization of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and one of the largest Christian women’s organizations in America.  The name means “friend of the poor” being derived from the Greek words philo(friend) + ptohos (poor).  Established in 1931, this non-profit organization is comprised of over 25,000 members in more than 480 chapters nationwide. The Holy Apostles chapter is one of the largest chapters nationwide with about 200 members. 


Our Mission

Our mission is to promote charitable and philanthropic outreach by aiding the poor, the hungry, the sick, the orphaned and the victims of disasters.


The Holy Apostles Chapter

  • More than 50 years of Philanthropic Endeavors
  • This chapter supports a variety of philanthropic and charitable organizations as well as programs that benefit our parish.  
  • Our volunteers assist year-round with projects and fundraising events to benefit the local community and national and international communitites.
  • The Holy Apostles chapter has donated over $250,000 over the last 5 years to charitable causes.



Board of Directors for 2019-2021



President – Cynthia Stathopoulos  

1st Vice President – Anne Theophilos

2nd Vice President – Antella Thiakos

Treasurer – Nia Kouchis   

Asst. Treasurer – Eleni Poteres  (Programs) 

Corresponding Secretary – Emily Rehn 

Recording Secretary – Tina Dillon

Advisor - Faye Adams (Philanthropy)


Board Members

Chrisie Alex (Membership)

Aleka Ernst  (Programs)

Wanita Loupakos

Cathy Magas (Pillars & Rocks)

Aleka Mandelaris (Pillars & Rocks)

Patty McKay (Philanthropy)

Evelyn Paleothodoros

Terry Parafink

Maria Patt (Publicity & Technology)

Anthoula Pomrening

Bess Shizas (Sunshine)

Margo Tomaras (Philanthropy)

Sundy Urban (Membership)


Message from Our President, Cynthia Stathopoulos

Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos

National Philoptochos


All in person Philoptochos events are currently suspended in accordance with the Metropolis and State of Illinois guidelines regarding the coronavirus.  Philoptochos will resume its in person activities once directed to do so.



Membership Drive - Ongoing



Membership Drive

Membership Night, which was originally scheduled for September 24th, has been canceled.  We would still like to encourage ALL women in our parish to join Philoptochos and support our charitable efforts.  Philoptochos is the heart of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.  Through our efforts to help those in need, you will meet amazing women, assist those less fortunate, and have fun!  We have had 102 women either renew their Philoptochos membership or join as new members to date this year.  We are so grateful for your support!


It is not too late to join Philoptochos!  Please click here to join Philoptochos or to renew your membership via credit card.





Pites in the Trunk





Tiropites & Spanakopites Sale

To Benefit St. Basil Academy


A total of 265 tiropites and spanakopites were pre-bought for this Curbside Pickup sale, resulting in a $1,990 donation to St. Basil Academy.  Each St. Basil resident will receive a $30 gift card for Christmas and the remainder will be a monetary donation to this Greek Orthodox Archdiocese home for children in need.



A special thank you to the “Pites In the Trunk” pickup team:

Philoptochos Board Members Cynthia Stathopoulos, Tina Dillon, Eleni Poteres,

Anthoula Pomrening, Antella Thiakos (in back)


Our High School Helpers - Alex Pomrening and Sarah Govostis   

Not pictured - Stacy Kinnas



Christmas Drive for Needy Children


Philoptochos hosted a very successful drive to benefit Family Shelter Service (FSS), which supports victims of domestic abuse.  We collected $6,857!!!   Most of these proceeds were used to purchase gift cards, winter coats, winter hats, and blankets and were delivered to FSS the first week of December.  The remainder (collected after the deadline) will be sent to FSS as a monetary donation.  FSS typically sponsors a Holiday Shoppe where clients can select age-appropriate Christmas presents, free of charge, for their children.  These may be the only gifts these children will receive for Christmas.  FSS is EXTREMELY grateful to the Holy Apostles community.  Many of their usual donors had to cancel their fundraisers due to COVID.     


Philoptochos and the Family Shelter Service

Thank the Holy Apostles Community

for your generous support!



Veteran's Day Artoclasia

Sunday, November 8th


 Thank you to Eleni Poteres for making the Artos

 in honor of our Veterans.


Fall Raffle

The annual Fashion Show and Luncheon, our primary fundraiser, was also canceled this year due to COVID.  We held a Virtual Fall Raffle instead to raise funds for Philoptochos. The generosity of the Holy Apostles community and the surprise participation of those outside of our parish combined for a very successful raffle. The raffle raised $6,910 and, together with the proceeds from our Membership Drive, will help us to fund our many philanthropic endeavors.

All prize winners were contacted immediately after the raffle drawing on October 24th and most prizes were delivered that day.


Thank you so much for your support - we look forward to putting these funds to good use during this difficult time!


Below is a list of the Raffle Prize winners.  Only the first name and city of residence is listed in an attempt to protect the winner's privacy.


Congratulations to all of the winners!!!


Prize # 1 - Diamond & Ruby Tennis Bracelet - Patricia, Chicago

Prize #2 - $600 Cash Prize - Joanne, Glen Ellyn

Prize #3 - Tory Burch Leather Hobo - Anastasia, Burr Ridge

Prize #4 - John Hardy Sterling Silver Earrings - Andrew, Glen Ellyn

Prize #5 - Michael Kors Shoulder Bag - Mary Beth, Elmhurst

Prize #6 - Coach Leather Tote - Faith, Madison,WI

Prize #7 - Le Creuset Dutch Oven - Dimitrios, Oak Brook

Prize #8 - Coach Bag with Floral Appliques - Maria, Hinsdale

Prize #9 - Bric's Luggage - Elaine, Oak Brook

Prize #10 - Calvin Klein Croc Satchel - Angela, Elmhurst

Prize #11 - Apple Air Pods with Charging Case - Stacy, Burr Ridge

Prize #12 - Ruby Leaf Pendant - Angie, Lemont

Prize #13 - Dooney & Bourke Leather Tote - Elena, Glenview

Prize #14 - Giorgio Armani "Code" Eau de Parfum - Barbara, Hinsdale

Prize #15 - $100 in Greek Islands Gift Certificates - Cathy, Elmhurst

Prize #16 - Melange Throw - Zoe Ann, Glen Ellyn

Prize #17 - Geode Bookends & Lizzadro Museum passes - Freida, Glen Ellyn



Metropolis of Chicago Virtual Events/Activities:



Masks Matter

The goal of this Metropolis of Chicago initiative is to make 10,000 masks by the end of the year for use by those in under-served communities.  Parishioners are welcome to either sew masks or purchase materials to acheive this goal.  Please refer to the CDC website to access the recommended mask patterns. 

Holy Apostles parishioners have made over 300 masks for this project.

Please contact either Cynthia Stathopoulos at OR Wanita Loupakos at to pick up any completed masks. 

Monetary donations are wlso welcome.  These should be made payable to the Metropolis of Chicago Metropolis and sent to:

Pat Gerbanas

2524 W. Ainslie

Chicago, IL  60625


Past Events:


Fashion Show 2019 - An Afternoon in Provence



Fashion Show Co-Chair Jen Govostis and Philanthropy Co-Chair Faye Adams present a $10,000 check to Carol Simler, President and CEO of DuPage Pads.  The DuPage Pads medical respite program was one of the primary beneficiaries of the Fashion Show.



Fashion Show Co-Chair Anthoula Pomrening with Helen Chrones - Secretary to the St. Iakovos Retreat Center Board of Directors.  The Retreat Center was the other primary beneficiary of the Fashion Show.  Holy Apostles also donated $10,000 to the Retreat Center from the proceeds of the Fashion Show.    





Thank you to all that made our annual fundraising event such a success!  We are so grateful to all that worked on a committee, to our many donors, and to all the guests that attended the event.  Attendees enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship, delicious food, beautiful fashions, and fabulous raffle prizes.  The majority of the proceeds of this event support the DuPagePads medical respite program and the St. Iakovos Retreat Center.  The remainder of the proceeds will fund our various philanthropic endeavors throughout the year.

A special thanks to our Co-Chairs, Anthoula Pomrening and Jen Govostis, for their tireless efforts!


We appreciate your support!