Honoring Those Who Serve: Ted Leventis, John Panomitros and Annette Chiappari April 30 Luncheon to Benefit Building Fund

On Sunday, April 30, the Cathedral will host a luncheon honoring Ted Leventis and John Panomitros. The luncheon, to be catered by Angelo Koutoulas of Chick ‘n Coop, will take place following the Divine Liturgy. With a carved roast beef station and all the trimmings, the meal, fit for a king, (in this case two kings), will honor two of the Cathedral’s most dedicated workers. Ted Leventis, who currently serves as a Cathedral chanter, has served as master chef, among other things. For years, he catered makaries for the Ladies Philoptochos, as a volunteer, and is still involved in food preparation for the annual food festival, his specialty being bell peppers. As for chanting, Ted reports for duty every Sunday, and virtually every weekday holy day service. When it comes to food and to chanting, Ted always accommodates; he never says no. He’s never been heard to say he’s tired, or that he can’t do something. Indeed, Ted exemplifies the best in what it means to be a volunteer. Ted is married to Angie Leventis, former President of the Ladies Philoptochos, and is father to Kathy Truog and Allyson Montgomery. He is the proud grandfather of Chloe and Zachary Montgomery and Nicole and Alexander Truog. John Panomitros, who currently serves as Annunciation’s “head sous-chef,” has assisted in the kitchen in every capacity imaginable. He is especially present throughout food preparation for the Festival, the Crab Feed, and other parish functions. As long as anyone can remember, John’s “baby” has been the souvlaki, the preparation and cooking of which he oversees, along with a very dedicated group of volunteers. Cooking aside, John is a devoted churchman, present at virtually every Sunday or weekday worship service, living an exemplary life---an inspiration to family, friends, and fellow parishioners alike. Likewise, John exemplifies the best in what it means to be a volunteer. John is married to Helen Panomitros. He is father to Eugenia Gardner and Demetra Salles, and proud grandfather of Yiannaki and Katerina Gardner, and Vasiliki, Eleni and Zoe Salles. Annette Chiappari, who has “forever” served as Sunday School teacher, is always involved in community life. For years, she has served as a member of the Board of Elections and collects names for the annual Christmas card appeal. Besides serving as an officer in the Daughters of Penelope, Annette is involved with the Cathedral Philoptochos. She is found everywhere. With her quiet demeanor, she is always in church on Sunday, always at every parish event, in the forefront of every community activity. Annette exemplifies the best in what it means to be a volunteer Annette is married to Philip Chiappari. She is mother to Kathy Saucedo, Virginia Harwell, James Chiappari, and Christine Gatewood, grandmother to Jennifer, Kenneth, Yvonne, Michael, Chris, Anthony, and Steven and great-grandmother to Logan and Avelyn. In their “former” lives, Ted and John were restauranteurs. Ted owned the Plaza Coffee Shop in San Francisco and John and Helen owned the Shop in Novato. Annette worked for San Francisco International Airport, in technology. At their request, the April 30 luncheon is being held to benefit the Building Fund. The donation for the luncheon is $35 per person ($15 for children 12 and under), and reservations are required, so that we may be able to accommodate everyone. Reservation flyers will be mailed out shortly. The flyers will contain more information about making reservations for the event.

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God.

John 4:7