Last month, we wrote the word “amazing” over the two laser generated graphics (kind of x-rays) of the new Cathedral. This month, as we view the present graphic, there are no words but “stunning!” The “skeleton” takes one’s breath away. (Synonyms for “stunning” are: remarkable, extraordinary, incredible, outstanding, amazing, astonishing, marvelous, phenomenal, splendid, and more.) We think you will agree.
This year’s Mother’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show, which took place on Saturday, May 13, and whose theme was “New York, New York,” was a smashing success. With 300 guests, a music, fashions, and even a recreation of the Brooklyn Bridge, this Mother’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show—our 58th—was a wonderful tribute to all mothers, at the same time honoring two distinguished Cathedral women: Presbytera Aliki (Vasiliki) Kyriacou and Irene Poulakidas.
Presvytera Aliki was born in Miami, Florida on December 7, 1944 along with her identical twin sister, Eleni, to Constantine and Afroditi Balikas. At the age of two, her family moved to Atlanta, Georgia and became lifelong members of the Annunciation Cathedral. Their younger sister, Sophia, was born in Atlanta later that year. Their Yiayia Eleni, a very spiritual lady, lived with them and helped to nurture them growing up. The church was only 5 blocks from their home, and Yiayia Eleni would take them to all the church services. Being active in the life of the Church was part of their family routine. Little did Presvytera Aliki realize at that time that this would form the foundation for her lifelong service to the Greek Orthodox Church.
Annette Chiappari, shown with her family.
On April 30, the Cathedral held a luncheon, entirely underwritten by a generous parishioner. The purpose of the luncheon was to honor those who serve. Selected as this year’s honorees were: Annette Chiappari, Ted Leventis, and John Panomitros. They are shown with their families, below. At the request of the honorees, all proceeds went to the Building Fund. $42,500. was raised to benefit the fund. In addition, our benefactor paid for all the expenses, resulting in another $5,000. for the building fund. The event was attended by some 250 guests. The event was so successful that it will be held every year. Tentatively, in 2018, it will take place April 22.
Our 2017 High School team, with coaches Tom Nuris and Nick Kontonis. Champions!
The OYAA High School and Adult basketball seasons have come to a close. The Annunciation was represented by having three Adult teams and a High School team. Our Annunciation 1 Adults and High School teams made the playoffs with our high school team making it to the finals and defeating Holy Cross 48-43 to win the championship for the second straight year. Congratulations!!!
Hello everyone! My name is Elena O. Lingas, and I am heading up the new social justice committee. Before I discuss the committee, let me take a moment to introduce myself to those who don’t know me. I am originally from Portland, Oregon, and many of you know members of my family—my brother, Alexander Lingas, founding director of Cappella Romana, and my parents Catherine and John Lingas. Graduate school brought me to the Bay Area, and I am currently a faculty member at a graduate public health program. I live in Berkeley with my husband and son.
Saturday, May 13, was, indeed a special day. Not just because of the décor—a recreation of New York, New York, from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park—not just because of our honorees, and our 300 guests—not just because of the ambiance—but because of the faith represented in that room. Even when the sound system gave out for a few minutes, the committee regrouped and the “show” went on without a hitch. There was determination, there was that fierce desire to survive and to pass on all that is noble about our faith. Indeed, this was mirrored in the fashion show, which featured 16 models and 17 children! It was the children that brought the house down. An amazing event. A memorable Mother’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show.
Andrew Curd graduates from University of California, Merced, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
Manoli Nuris graduates from San Francisco State University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
Alyssa Obester graduates from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Master’s degree in Environmental Science.
Kevin Yeilding graduates from Boston University, with a Bachelor’s of Administration in Business, with a concentration in Finance.
From High School:
Anna Kleinekorte graduates from Burlingame High School.
Niko Manetas graduates from Hillside High School and will be going to Seattle University (Seattle, WA).
Antonio Panagiotopoulos (Pano) graduates from Carlmont High School and will be going to University of the Pacific (Stockton).
Kalli Vellis graduates from Burlingame High School and will be going to the University of Redlandsf (Redlands, CA)