March 2019: Northwest & Pacific Notes
By Theodora Dracopoulos Argue
HUMAN TRAFFICKING: On March 2nd from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., a Human Trafficking Free Workshop and Fundraiser will take place at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Portland, OR to benefit the Servants Anonymous (SA) Foundation. Continental breakfast and lunch are included. Guest speakers include His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas, Director of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute in Berkeley, CA. Regarding the recent human trafficking workshop in Pasadena, His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos stated in a press release from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s Metropolis of San Francisco (dated November 9, 2018): “The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco has made a serious commitment to join this effort and follow the direction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to eliminate this plague on humanity. …It is up to us to heighten the awareness and take action so that all God’s people may live in peace and be freed of oppression.” Workshop registration is required at TINYURL.COM/MARCH2SIGNUP.
PARISH GALA: On March 2nd, St. Nicholas Church of Tacoma, WA, will hold its “Gala 2019” to benefit the parish Project 2020 Narthex Renovation. The Gala’s theme of “GREECE: Timeless Expressions, Abundant Joy” is an elegant black-tie optional event for adults only. It will feature silent and live auctions, great food, and notable wines. Mary Koumantaros will be the Mistress of Ceremonies. The keynote speaker is lawyer and CPA Tony Panagiotou¸ a University of Washington Milgard School of Business Small Business Leader of the Year in 2012. Harvard graduate and pediatric and adult plastic surgeon Frederick W. Ehret, M.D. is the Guest Speaker. For tickets ($75 each), email firstname.lastname@example.org
MARDI GRAS: On March 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The St. Catherine Philoptochos Mardi Gras Dance Party will occur at the Church of the Assumption in Seattle, WA. Tickets for the Apokreatiko Glendi are $10 per person or $25 for a family of three or more, and include heavy appetizers. Contact Alexis Katsis at 203-314-5069.
MISSION SUNDAY: Alex Goodwin, Orthodox Christian Mission Center’s (OCMC) Annual Giving & Marketing Director, will be the guest speaker at Divine Liturgy at St. Demetrios Church in Seattle, WA on Mission Sunday, March 10. The annual parish Greek Deli Sale will be held afterwards to benefit OCMC, with all proceeds going to help OCMC missionaries worldwide. St. Demetrios in Seattle, WA: (206) 631-2500
CAMP AGAPE: The annual “Cheesefare Extravaganza” put on by Holy Trinity Philoptochos in Spokane, WA will support Kids ‘n’ Cancer at Camp Agape NW at All Saints Camp on Raft Island, WA. Holy Trinity in Spokane, WA: (509) 328-9310
GOYA RETREAT: The “Make an Impact” 2019 Pan-Orthodox GOYA Lenten Retreat will take place March 30 and 31 at All Saints Camp. Registration closes on March 15. Cost is $125 per camper. Contact Lefteri Sitaras at 206-631-2504.
ZITO ELLAS: The annual Greek Independence Day Celebration, sponsored by the Seattle AHEPA Family, will be held at St. Demetrios Community Center on Saturday, March 23. St. Demetrios in Seattle, WA: (206) 631-2500
At Spokane, WA’s church, the Annunciation—Greek Independence Day Luncheon and Celebration will be on March 24. The children will perform Greek dances. Annunciation in Spokane, WA: (509) 328-9310
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