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 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.
Holy Apostles Philoptochos Society- 2017 Board
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)
Chrisie Alex (Membership)
Aleka Ernst (Programs)
Cathy Magas (Pillars & Rocks)
Aleka Mandelaris (Pillars & Rocks)
Patty McKay (Philanthropy)
Maria Patt (Publicity & Technology)
Bess Shizas (Sunshine)
Margo Tomaras (Philanhropy)
Sundy Urban (Membership)
Rise and Shine Food Drive
September 1st-September 29th
Philoptochos is collecting non-perishable breakfast food donations for the Peoples Resource Center (PRC) Food Pantry in Wheaton.
The focus is on children's nutrition and health. You are encouraged to donate no-sugar added or low sugar items as well as low sodium, whole grain, and high protein items. Bins will be placed in front of HARC to accept your donations. Flyers will be posted at the candle stands beginning Sunday, August 18th.
Please click here to access the suggestion list that PRC has provided for us.
Membership Night (2019/2020)
Tuesday, September 17th
LaBarra in Oak Brook (3011 Butterfield Road)
Please join us as we kick off a new year of Philoptochos!
Seasonal appetizers, salads, and a pizza buffet will be served.
There is no fee to attend this event. A cash bar will be available.
Hear about the plans Philoptochos has for the upcoming year. Representatives from our primary Fashion Show Beneficiaries (DuPage PADS and the St. Iakovos Retreat Center) will be our keynote speakers. Please RSVP by September 12th to Aleka Ernst at (630)561-1660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fashion Show 2019
"An Afternoon in Provence"
Saturday, October 19, 2019
3 South 002 IL Route 53
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Cocktails and raffle sales begin at 11am followed by the luncheon at 12pm. Fashions will be presented by ZZazz Productions. Models will include children from Holy Apostles. This year's primary beneficiaries are the DuPage PADS medical respite program and the St. Iakovos Retreat Center.
Ticket sales begin Saturday, September 7th from 9-10am in the multi-purpose room and after the Divine Liturgy on Sundays beginning September 8th. Please contact Joanne Panopoulos at (630)956-2399 for reservation information beginning September 8th.
The Raffle Committee is working hard to create prize packages for the Fashion Show and is still accepting donations through September 1st.
Please click here for the Raffle Committee "Wish List" as of 8/12/2019.
The National Philoptochos Society presents:
The 17th Children's Medical Fund Luncheon
Hosted by the Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos
Saturday, November 16th
525 North Michigan Avenue
Reception: 11am Luncheon: 12 noon
Tickets: $125 per person
The Children's Medical Fund provides assistance to critically ill children whose families are unable to afford appropriate and necessary medical treatment. The fund provides grants for innovative research programs to pediatric hospitals and to organizations with programs that care for children with critical illnesses.
Luncheon reservations must be received by October 21st. Raffle tickets are also available for purchase at $10 per ticket or 3 for $25. To make a reservation with the Holy Apostles group or to purchase raffle tickets (winner need not be present), please contact Faye Adams at (704) 425-2530 or email@example.com.
Please click here to see the list of the raffle prizes.
Holy Apostles Vespers & Feast Day
Vespers - Saturday, June 29th and Feast Day - Sunday, June 30th
Thank You to all who donated, baked, or assisted with setup, serving, or cleanup!
(L to R) Evelyn Paleothodoros, Presbytera Michelle Georgiou, Maria Patt, Emily Rehn, Wanita Loupakos, Margo Tomaras, Sundy Urban, Aleka Ernst, Cynthia Stathopoulos, Antella Thiakos, Eleni Poteres and Faye Adams assist with preparations for the Holy Apostles Feast Day reception on Sunday, June 30th, 2019.
Thank you to all who donated to our collection drives this year. Holy Apostles collected 103 pounds of food for HCS Family services in March. This translates to roughly 86 meals. From September through the HCS Food Drive in March, a grand total of 680 pounds of food, or roughly 567 meals was collected for those in need. Other recipients included the People's Resource Center and Loaves & Fishes.
We also collected 136 blankets and 615 children's books for the Peoples Resource Center in February. PRC gives each of their clients who is expecting as well as clients with infants a layette. The blankets we collected will be included in these layettes. The books we collected are used in multiple ways. Some of the books are part of birthday bags that are given to each child. Other books are available to children whose parents are taking classes offered by PRC throughout DuPage County. PRC was extremely grateful for this very generous donation!!!
Feed My Starving Children
Holy Apostles volunteers packed specially formulated meals for children in need at the Feed My Starving Children facility in Aurora on Saturday April 6th. They packed 24 boxes of food!
Poised for Success Collection Drive
We collected one rack of gently used professional clothing and accessories for Poised for Success in May 2019. This non-profit organization provides professional clothing for women in need to wear
Feed the Hungry
Holy Apostles Philoptochos sponsored the annual Feed the Hungry commitment at the Annunciation Cathedral in Chicago on May 14th. Holy Apostles volunteers provided the food and drinks, served the meal, and provided socks and baseball caps.
Chicago area award-winning author Paula Renee Burzawa discussed her new book, Eternal Stones and Other Memories of Greece on Thursday, May 16th in the multi-purpose room. Philoptochos Board elections were also held that night. Please click here for a detailed book description and author biography.
Philotochos Volunteer Sign Up
Philoptochos welcomes new members! If you have any questions, please contact our Membership Chair, Chrisie Alex, at (630) 272-0737.
Andrew the General & Martyr & his 2,593 soldiers; Holy Martyrs Timothy, Agapius and Thecla; Theophanes the New Wonderworker of Macedonia; Afterfeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary; Eutychianos and Strategios the Martyrs