Greek Orthodox Stewards of America - June 27, 1999
Archons complete $500,000 pledge to Ecumenical Patriarchate
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 18,1999
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Under the leadership of His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon, the Archons of America have recently completed the solemn pledge of $500,000 made to His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew during his visitation to America in the fall of 1997. The Pledge, which represents the largest such donation in the history of the Order of St. Andrew, was presented at the grand banquet following the Archon Patriarchal Concert for Peace featuring Nana Mouskouri at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
The $500,000 was realized from the Sponsorship Programme of the Concert for Peace, the PBS video production of the Concert, the Sponsorship Programme of the 1999 Sunday of Orthodoxy Archon Banquet and private donations from the Archons of America during their annual appeal.
The Order of St. Andrew is most appreciative of the Christian Stewardship of Miss Mouskouri who donated her artistic talents for the Concert for Peace, the video production of which continues to air throughout the United States on the PBS television network, as well as in Europe and Latin America. For each sale of the videotape on the PBS network, the Order realizes royalty revenue due to the beneficence of Miss Mouskouri. The Order expresses its deepest gratitude to Executive Vice Commander Nicholas J. Bouras, for his unparalleled philanthropy and generosity.
Regarding this milestone achievement Commander Limberakis stated, "The Order of St. Andrew is very proud of achieving this unprecedented and historic donation which is symbolic of our love, respect and fidelity to the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Holy Archdiocese of America. When Archons work together, in unity, and with the love of Jesus Christ in our hearts, anything can be accomplished...and it was! We look forward to continue our support of the Mother Church with all our energies and resources so that our ties are strengthened and fortified. We stand ready to assist His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon in his initiative to reopen and safeguard the Patriarchal Theological School of Halki and pursue other programs that will facilitate the sacred mission of the Ecumenical Patriarchate."
[ Greek Orthodox Stewards of America
June 27, 1999 ]