About Philoptochos

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos society is the official philanthropic women’s organization of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and one of the largest Christian women’s organizations in America.  The name means “friend of the poor” being derived from the Greek words philo(friend) + ptohos (poor).  Established in 1931, this non-profit organization is comprised of over 25,000 members in more than 480 chapters nationwide. The Holy Apostles chapter is one of the largest chapters nationwide with about 200 members. 


Our Mission

Our mission is to promote charitable and philanthropic outreach by aiding the poor, the hungry, the sick, the orphaned and the victims of disasters.


The Holy Apostles Chapter

  • More than 50 years of Philanthropic Endeavors
  • This chapter supports a variety of philanthropic and charitable organizations as well as programs that benefit our parish.  
  • Our volunteers assist year-round with projects and fundraising events to benefit the local community and national and international communitites.
  • The Holy Apostles chapter has donated over $250,000 over the last 5 years to charitable causes.



Board of Directors for 2019-2021



President – Cynthia Stathopoulos  

1st Vice President – Anne Theophilos

2nd Vice President – Antella Thiakos

Treasurer – Nia Kouchis   

Asst. Treasurer – Eleni Poteres  (Programs) 

Corresponding Secretary – Emily Rehn 

Recording Secretary – Tina Dillon

Advisor - Faye Adams (Philanthropy)


Board Members

Chrisie Alex (Membership)

Aleka Ernst  (Programs)

Wanita Loupakos

Cathy Magas (Pillars & Rocks)

Aleka Mandelaris (Pillars & Rocks)

Patty McKay (Philanthropy)

Evelyn Paleothodoros

Terry Parafink

Maria Patt (Publicity & Technology)

Anthoula Pomrening

Bess Shizas (Sunshine)

Margo Tomaras (Philanthropy)

Sundy Urban (Membership)


Message from Our President

Holy Apostles Philoptochos Calendar (2019-2020)

National Philoptochos



Upcoming Events:

All in person Philoptochos events are currently suspended in accordance with the Metropolis and State of Illinois guidelines regarding the coronavirus.  Philoptochos will resume its in person activities once directed to do so.



Virtual Events:

The Agape Award Winner and Nominees will be honored at this fundraiser.  There will also be a Grand Raffle and other fun prizes!

Beneficiaries of this fundraiser are the St. Iakovos Retreat Center, No Kid Hungry, and the Philoptochos Philanthropic Endeavors.


The Virtal Livestream runs from 12:00-3:00pm from the St. Iakovos Retreat Center


For more information, please contact Marilynn Jemas


PRC Back to School Drive

Through August 7th



PRC is looking for donations for their Back to School Drive.  Students will need school supplies whether they attend classes virtually or in person.  Supplies may be dropped off OR items may be purchased on-line via Amazon, Target, or WalMart and sent directly to PRC.  Monetary donations are also welcome.


Masks Matter

The goal of this Metropolis of Chicago initiative is to make 10,000 masks by the end of the year for use by those in under-served communities.  Parishioners are welcome to either sew masks or purchase materials to acheive this goal.  Please refer to the CDC website to access the recommended mask patterns. 

Holy Apostles parishioners have made over 300 masks for this project.

Please contact either Cynthia Stathopoulos at OR Wanita Loupakos at to pick up any completed masks. 

Monetary donations are wlso welcome.  These should be made payable to the Metropolis of Chicago Metropolis and sent to:

Pat Gerbanas

2524 W. Ainslie

Chicago, IL  60625




 Special Edition of The Perspective - The Children's Medical Fund Luncheon

Please click here to view.



Some of the Children's Medical Fund Luncheon attendees from Holy Apostles.




Chicago Metropolis Philoptochos Society Food Bank Donations


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos Society has donated $3,000 to several food banks within its jurisdiction. 



Greater Chicago Food Depository

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Central Illinois Food Bank



Food Bank of Iowa



Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Inc.

Food Bank of Indiana



Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin



St. Louis Area Foodbank



Second Harvest Northern Lakes Foodbank


The Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos Society is requesting that any future donations to Philoptochos regarding the COVID-19 pandemic be sent to the National Philoptochos Society at




National Philoptochos Press Release Regarding COVID-19

March 24, 2020


New York, NY - Philoptochos has a long tradition, nearly nine decades, of service to people in times of need with empathy and love. In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis, the Executive Board of the National Philoptochos Society approved an immediate disbursement of $50,000, $25,000 to the Feeding America Network and $25,000 to Meals on Wheels America. 
Second, because metropolises and chapters may be unable to continue their  Feed the Hungry Outreach Programs during the crisis chapters are being asked to consider a donation to their local food bank or alternatively to support the COVID-19 National Philoptochos Emergency Fund Drive. To donate now, please visit us at and donate to the Emergency Fund located under Special Appeals. All donations until further notice will be restricted to the COVID-19 Fund.
Third, the Department of Social Services is working in cooperation with each Metropolis across the United States. Monies will be disbursed to each Metropolis according to Social Service guidelines. At the Metropolis level, monies will be disbursed to those who are in need of financial support. 
Fourth, National Philoptochos has gathered resources to help members cope with the anxiety that all citizens are facing as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. These can be found on the website at National Philoptochos encourages everyone to stay connected during this difficult time! Maintaining connections with friends and family via phone calls, texts, and video meetings during this period of sheltering in place, will help reduce anxiety. 
Faith in our mission unites and empowers us to make a difference. The National Philoptochos Board expresses its heartfelt gratitude to Philoptochos chapters and parishes across the nation for support of its philanthropic programs. Without the cooperation of the entire Greek Orthodox community, our work would not be possible. Working together, with the love and blessings of God, we will continue our work to lessen the pain, loss and suffering of the most fragile in our society.

Upcoming Events:


All in person Philoptochos events are currently suspended in accordance with the Metropolis and State of Illinois Guidelines regarding the coronavirus.  Philoptochos will resume its activities once directed to do so.



Holy Apostles Vespers & Feast Day


Vespers - Monday, June 29th and Feast Day - Tuesday, June 30th





General Meeting -CANCELED

Tuesday, May 19th


Feed the Hungry - Annunciation Cathedral - CANCELED

Tuesday, May 12th


Koukla's Kafenio - CANCELED

Thursday, May 7th



Clothing Collection

May 2nd- 17th 


RED Easter Eggs for Distribution - CANCELED


Easter Bake Sale -CANCELED

Palm Sunday Weekend


Lenten Dinner - CANCELED

 Wednesday, April 1st following the Pre-Sanctified Liturgy


Easter Candles (Lambathes) Sales - CANCELED

Starting Sunday, March 22nd 


Feed My Starving Children - CANCELED

Saturday, March 14th


Celebration of Books Reception -CANCELED

Sunday, March 15th following Vespers




Blankets of Love



Thank you to all that donated blankets.  We collected 149 blankets!  Philoptochos had initially planned to donate all of our blankets to The Cradle, one of the leading adoption centers in the United States. Due to space constraints, The Cradle can only accept 50 of our blankets.  The remainder will be distributed to the NICU at Loyola University Medical Center and to the People's Resource Center in Wheaton for their layette program.  



Godparents Luncheon

Sunday, February 9th

Approximately 250 guests enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship, delicious food, beautiful decorations, and a fun photo opportunity.  



Thank you so much to the Philoptochos members that organized this event.  Great job, ladies!!!


From Left:   Kristin Beavers, Deanne Chiganos, Leah Brinkmeyer, Cristin Chiganos, Marianna Bannos, Alexis Miller, and Melissa Moulden



Christmas Breakfast

Sunday, December 17th 




General Meeting and Christmas Party

Tuesday, December 10th in the multipurpose room



The Christmas Party Organizers did a FABULOUS job!!! 

Beautiful decorations, delicious food, and delightful prizes! 

                    Thank you, ladies!!!                      


The Hinsdale Central Madrigals entertained the gathering with songs of the season.






Collection Drive for Needy Children

November 17th-December 1st


The Holy Apostles Parish, together with Philoptochos, collected $4,000 to benefit the Family Shelter Service, which assists victims of domestic abuse.  The money collected was then used by Philoptochos volunteers to purchase items for the Holiday Shoppe that FSS hosts every year.  FSS clients shop for free for their families at the Holiday Shoppe.  The parents can choose from toys, outerwear, books and school supplies, gift cards, and baby necessities. 

For many of these children, these may the only items they receive for Christmas.

Thank you for your generosity!




          The National Philoptochos Society presents:

   The 17th Children's Medical Fund Luncheon

         Hosted by the Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos


Please click here to see a special CMF edition issue of the Perspective.




Saturday, November 16th

Chicago Marriott


The Children's Medical Fund provides assistance to critically ill children whose families are unable to afford appropriate and necessary medical treatment.  The fund provides grants for innovative research programs to pediatric hospitals and to organizations with programs that care for children with critical illnesses.

17 Grants were awarded for a total of $282,034!!!

Alone we can do so little - together we can do so much.  - Helen Keller





Thank You to Fay Demakis and her Kindergarten Class for supporting the Children's Medical Fund Luncheon with a yummy Crispy Creme Donut Sale on Sept 29th. 

The children raised $395!!!


Thanksgiving Food Drive

November 1st-17th



We collected 265 pounds of food, which translates to roughly 221 meals.  Thank you for your support!




An Afternoon in Provence



Fashion Show Co-Chair Jen Govostis and Philanthropy Co-Chair Faye Adams present a $10,000 check to Carol Simler, President and CEO of DuPage Pads.  The DuPage Pads medical respite program was one of the primary beneficiaries of the Fashion Show.


Fashion Show Co-Chair Anthoula Pomrening with Helen Chrones - St. Iakovos Retreat Center Board of Directors Sceretary


Fashion Show Co-Chair Anthoula Pomrening with Helen Chrones - Secretary to the St. Iakovos Retreat Center Board of Directors.  The Retreat Center was the other primary beneficiary of the Fashion Show.  Holy Apostles also donated $10,000 to the Retreat Center from the proceeds of the Fashion Show.    





Thank you to all that made our annual fundraising event such a success!  We are so grateful to all that worked on a committee, to our many donors, and to all the guests that attended the event.  Attendees enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship, delicious food, beautiful fashions, and fabulous raffle prizes.  The majority of the proceeds of this event support the DuPagePads medical respite program and the St. Iakovos Retreat Center.  The remainder of the proceeds will fund our various philanthropic endeavors throughout the year.

A special thanks to our Co-Chairs, Anthoula Pomrening and Jen Govostis, for their tireless efforts!


We appreciate your support!




Membership Night (2019/20)

Our annual Membership Night was held on Tuesday, September 17th at LaBarra in OakBrook.  Attendees were treated to a seasonal appetizers and a pizza buffet.  Philoptochos Chairs outlined their plans for the upcoming year.  Representatives from our two primary Fashion Show beneficiaries, DuPagePads and the St. Iakovos Retreat Center, were the keynote speakers.




Rise and Shine Food Drive

September 1st-September 29th


Philoptochos collected non-perishable breakfast food items to benefit the People's Resource Center Food Pantry in Wheaton. 

286 pounds of food were collected, which roughly translates to 238 meals.

 Thank you to the Holy Apostles Community for your generous donations!




Holy Apostles Vespers & Feast Day


Vespers - Saturday, June 29th and Feast Day - Sunday, June 30th



Thank You to all who donated, baked, or assisted with setup, serving, or cleanup!


(L to R) Evelyn Paleothodoros, Presbytera Michelle Georgiou, Maria Patt, Emily Rehn, Wanita Loupakos, Margo Tomaras, Sundy Urban, Aleka Ernst, Cynthia Stathopoulos, Antella Thiakos, Eleni Poteres and Faye Adams assist with preparations for the Holy Apostles Feast Day reception on Sunday, June 30th, 2019.





Collection Drives

Thank you to all who donated to our collection drives this year.  Holy Apostles collected 103 pounds of food for HCS Family services in March.  This translates to roughly 86 meals.  From September through the HCS Food Drive in March, a grand total of 680 pounds of food, or roughly 567 meals was collected for those in need.  Other recipients included the People's Resource Center and Loaves & Fishes.

We also collected 136 blankets and 615 children's books for the Peoples Resource Center in February.  PRC gives each of their clients who is expecting as well as clients with infants a layette.  The blankets we collected will be included in these layettes.  The books we collected are used in multiple ways.  Some of the books are part of birthday bags that are given to each child.  Other books are available to children whose parents are taking classes offered by PRC throughout DuPage County.  PRC was extremely grateful for this very generous donation!!!


Feed My Starving Children



Holy Apostles volunteers packed specially formulated meals for children in need at the Feed My Starving Children facility in Aurora on Saturday April 6th.  They packed 24 boxes of food!


             Poised for Success Collection Drive

We collected one rack of gently used professional clothing and accessories for Poised for Success in May 2019.  This non-profit organization provides professional clothing for women in need to wear 

Feed the Hungry


Holy Apostles Philoptochos sponsored the annual Feed the Hungry commitment at the Annunciation Cathedral in Chicago on May 14th.  Holy Apostles volunteers provided the food and drinks, served the meal, and provided socks and baseball caps.




General Meeting


Chicago area award-winning author Paula Renee Burzawa discussed her new book, Eternal Stones and Other Memories of Greece on Thursday, May 16th in the multi-purpose roomPhiloptochos Board elections were also held that night.  Please click here for a detailed book description and author biography. 




A message from our 2015-2019 President Faye Adams                       

Philoptochos Calendar 2018-2019

Philotochos Volunteer Sign Up  

National Philoptochos Link


Philoptochos welcomes new members!  If you have any questions, please contact our Membership Chair, Chrisie Alex, at (630) 272-0737.