|ATLANTA (September 12, 2007)—The Daughters of Penelope (DOP), a preeminent international women’s organization, contributed a total of $37,500 to St. Basil Academy, at a gala dinner celebrating the 85th anniversary of the founding of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) on September 8, 2007.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios received the presentation from Grand President Karen Stamatiades that included:
- $17,500 for a new roof to the Daughters of Penelope Dorm,
- $10,000 to establish a scholarship from the Daughters of Penelope Foundation, Inc., and
- a matching $10,000 for scholarships from Lea Soupata Zervoulias, a member of the Daughters of Penelope Menelaos Chapter 53, Atlanta, and a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Basil Academy.
“Our mission includes philanthropy, education, and family and individual excellence; and our love for St. Basil’s is very much a part of our mission,” said Stamatiades. “Our work to help the academy, a wonderful home for children who need a home, is ongoing.”
Also on-hand for the presentation ceremony were Evellyn Tsiadis, president, Board of Trustees of St. Basil Academy and DOP Past Grand President; Melva Zinaich, president, DOP Foundation, Inc.; and two currently enrolled students.
Over its history, the Daughters of Penelope donated a dormitory and a pool to the academy. Annually, the DOP provides for the maintenance of the pool.
St. Basil Academy, located in Garrison, N.Y., is a national not-for-profit philanthropic center of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America which provides love, shelter, food, education, protection and a home for her orphans, children of chronically ill or destitute parents or children from broken homes.
For more information about the Daughters of Penelope, please visit http://www.ahepa.org/dop.
For more information about St. Basil Academy, please visit. http://www.stbasil.goarch.org.
Founded in San Francisco in 1929, the Daughters of Penelope is the first women’s organization of its kind established in the United States. It is an affiliate organization of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA). The mission of the DOP is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of Hellenism, Philanthropy, Education, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence.