Left to right: AHEPA George Chirgotis West Nyack Chapter 455 President Michael Tribunella, Saint Basil Academy Director of Program Development Lauren Biniaris, and AHEPA District 6 Governor Dean Moskos. Photo: Stephanie Moskos
GARRISON, NY – The AHEPA Family has a longstanding tradition of spreading Christmas cheer to the children of Saint Basil Academy in Garrison, NY. Because of the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, AHEPA was not able to host a Christmas party for the children for a second year in a row; however, the Empire District 6 Governor Dean Moskos awarded the George Chirgotis West Nyack Chapter 455 to carry on the tradition of presenting gifts to the children on December 14. The chapter members and officers, with the loving cooperation from Fr. Nicholas Samaras, presiding priest at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in West Nyack, and the parishioners of the church purchased the gifts for the children.
In addition to the West Nyack chapter, special thanks to the AHEPA Gold Cost Chapter #456, Manhasset, Vice President Gus Constantine and his family who purchased two gifts, and Fr. Aristidis Garinis of the St. Nicholas Flushing Greek Orthodox Church who provided a bag full of toys for the children.
Finally, District Governor Moskos with his wife, Stephanie, presented a donation check for $500 to Lauren Biniaris on behalf of the Gus Cherevas Estia-Pindus Flushing Chapter 326 to go towards the Experience Fund for the benefit of the children. The AHEPA District 6 Lodge urges everyone to donate to St. Basil’s Academy Experience Fund to be used solely for beneficial excursions for the children including visits to museums, travel, camping, gymnastics, and other activities. Donations can be made at www.ahepad6.com and click on St. Basil’s Academy Experience Fund.
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