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Annunciation NYC Celebrates 19th Annual Stewardship & Mistletoe Galas

NEW YORK – Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church New York City held its 19th Annual Stewardship and Mistletoe Galas on December 2 at the Harvard Club in Midtown Manhattan with the highest recorded attendance numbers in Annunciation Gala history.

The vibrant event, hosted by the Annunciation Parish, welcomed over 750 guests, who celebrated the Christmas spirit, danced to the sounds of Dean Vali Orchestra of Bounce Music and DJ Bobby Karounos of Spartan Sounds, and supported the historic Upper West Side Greek Orthodox Church and its ministries. Notable clergy members and representatives of Hellenic organizations were among the guests at the Stewardship Gala with its seated dinner. A sea of youth attended the Mistletoe Gala which featured an open bar and buffet amidst the festive décor of the Harvard Club with its iconic Christmas tree.

The Stewardship Gala began with welcoming remarks by Annunciation Parish Council President George J. Kostas and the community’s presiding priest Fr. Sotirios Michalatos, who also addressed the Mistletoe Gala guests later on in the evening.

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church New York City’s presiding priest Fr. Sotirios Michalatos and Kassandra Romas, Gala Chairwoman for 19 consecutive years, posed with community members at the 19th Annual Stewardship & Mistletoe Galas on December 2. (Photo: Yianni Malevitis Photography)

“God has given each of you your own special talents,” said Fr. Michalatos. “As we enter into the Christmas season and start of our New Year, consider what talents and treasures you can offer to help those around you and your Church.”

Notable attendees included Kassandra Romas, Gala Chairwoman for 19 consecutive years; His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios formerly of America, Nicholas A. Karacostas, former AHEPA Supreme President, current AHEPA Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Archdiocesan Council Executive Committee Secretary; Fr. Evagoras Constantinides, Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne and Director of Special Events for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; Fr. Peter Daratsos, presiding priest at Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in NYC; and Fr. Peter Delvizis, presiding priest at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, in Westfield, NJ.

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church New York City held its 19th Annual Stewardship and Mistletoe Galas on December 2 at the Harvard Club of New York City. (Photo: Yianni Malevitis Photography)

Also present showing their support were numerous young professionals, parish youth groups and other organizations promoting Hellenism, including United Greeks of America, National Hellenic Student Association of America, Hellenic Medical Society, The Greekend, and more.

The Grand Raffle prizes included ten Mistletoe tickets for next year’s 2024 Annunciation Mistletoe Gala valued at $2,250, twelve gift cards to an array of restaurants and stores on the Upper West Side valued at $1,355, a Byzantine Cross by Konstantino valued at $900, and an East Hampton Oyster Company cocktail party for 10 valued at $800. The event’s additional raffle prizes included two tickets to the New York Mets and the WNBA, a $250 Tiffany’s gift card, and a marble tray by The Parmatile Shop.

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church New York City held its 19th Annual Stewardship and Mistletoe Galas on December 2 at the Harvard Club of New York City. (Photo: Courtesy of Annunciation NYC)

Next year’s Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church NYC Stewardship & Mistletoe Galas 2024 is confirmed for Saturday, December 7, 2024 at the Harvard Club of New York City.

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church NYC is located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side at West End Avenue and 91st Street. More information about Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church NYC is available by phone: 212-724-2070 and online: www.annunciation-nyc.org.

Left to right: Annunciation NYC Parish Council President George J. Kostas and his wife Zoe Foundotos, Presvytera Katherine Michalatos and Fr. Sotirios Michalatos. (Photo: Yianni Malevitis Photography)

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