OTTAWA, Canada – The Ottawa Daughters of Penelope (DOP) Euphrosyne Chapter #292, originally established in 1957 and reactivated in 1985, hosted the Swirl and Sip Virtual Greek Wine Tasting fundraiser on December 5 via Zoom.
The chapter hosted 25 wine enthusiasts on a snowy Ottawa night with the interesting and knowledgeable Chris Dedes, promotional agent for Greek wine and spirits in Montreal, leading this Greek wine odyssey. Attendees in Ottawa and Montreal had the option of purchasing two of the wines for the tasting. Attendees learned about the fascinating history, regions, and unique characteristics of the soil, temperature and vines producing Greek wines in Drama and Crete. They also learned about the characteristics and shape of a good wine glass.
Partial proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit FAST, the Foundation of Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics. Noah Firestone, President of FAST Canada, spoke about this rare neurogenetic disorder affecting approximately one in 15,000 people. Children and adults with AS typically have balance issues, motor impairment and can have debilitating seizures.
The chapter was honored and happy to have District 23 Governor Angela Mouriopoulos and District 23 Treasurer Eleni Agas with them. This is also the home Chapter of DOP Grand Treasurer Margaret Dritsas.
The 2021-2022 officers of the Ottawa Chapter are President Cathy Pantieras, Vice President Jenny Papadopoulos, Corresponding Secretary Ivonne Hatzitheodosiou, Treasurer Irene Aimoniotis, and Recording Secretary Montse Bouvier.
The chapter said, via email: “We greatly appreciate everyone’s donations and support for this special cause. It was a fun evening spent together learning about Greek wines and we look forward to the next time! Wishing you all health, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year 2022!”