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Astoria Daughters of Penelope and Maids of Athena Chapters Celebrate Giving

ASTORIA – The Astoria Daughters of Penelope (DOP) Illion Chapter #135 and Maids of Athena (MOA) Nymphs Chapter #119 ended a very eventful autumn season with a Daughters & Maidsgiving event on November 30. Members from the two chapters, as well as family, friends, and special guests AHEPA District 6 Governor Peter Ragoussis with his daughters Julia and Adriana, gathered together for an evening of gratitude and celebration of the Hellenic community.

Attendees made candles with Vivian Dritsas of Astoria’s Lavender Label and created Christmas cards for residents of the Little Sisters of the Poor Queen of Peace Elder Care Home. Additionally, a raffle was held in support of the Maids of Athena National Project. The chapters expressed a special thank you to Lavender Label and MOA sister Nicoletta Sarantidis for their prize donations.

Astoria MOA Corresponding Secretary Anna Pierratos and Recording Secretary Vasia Mamalakis making Christmas cards for the Queen of Peace Elder Care residents. (Photo: Courtesy of MOA)

Earlier this year, during the AHEPA National Convention in Las Vegas, the Astoria Daughters and Maids Chapters were awarded a grant for their positive collaborations. Both chapters are very appreciative of the award, a check for $100 of which went towards the event as well as towards the good work that the Brothers and Sisters of AHEPA continue to do.

“It was a wonderful night to come together in appreciation of one another,” the chapters said in a joint statement via email. “With such a vibrant community of locals and Hellenes in New York there is certainly much to be thankful for.”

Raffles to benefit the Maids of Athena National Project. (Photo: Courtesy of MOA)

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Astoria Maids of Athena Nymphs Chapter #119 or the Sons of Pericles Omega Chapter #88, inquiries can be sent to [email protected].

More information about Vivian Dritsas and her lovely Lavender Label soaps, candles, and workshops is available online: https://www.lavenderlabel.com.

Left to right: MOA Nymphs 119 Treasurer Julia Kokkosis, Vivian Dritsas, DOP Guest Marianthi, DOP Ilion 135 Recording Secretary Ronnie Malandrakis, Hermes AHEPA 186 Board Chairman Peter Argyropoulos, Nicoletta Sarantidis, MOA Nymphs 119 Recording Secretary Vasia Mamalakis, MOA Nymphs 119 Corresponding Secretary Anna Pierratos, MOA Nymphs 119 President Mary Zouvelos, DOP Empire State District 6 Marshal and Ilion 135 Board Chairman Effie Argyropoulos, DOP Ilion 135 VP Antigone Tzakis, Angela Lymberatos, Kristine Polios, Adriana Ragoussis, DOP Ilion 135 President Stella Kokalis, Julia Ragoussis, and AHEPA Empire State District 6 Governor Peter Ragoussis. (Photo: Courtesy of MOA)
Cards created to be donated to the Queen of Peace Elder Care Residence. (Photo: Courtesy of MOA)

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