Ladies Philoptochos

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” Proverbs 11:24-25

A Request for Your Help on Behalf of Joanne Kakoyiannis

Dear Philoptochos Sisters and Friends,

We come to you with a heartfelt message on behalf of the family of National Philoptochos Board Member Joanne Kakoyiannis. Joanne has been a long-standing National Philoptochos Board member who has been rooted in the mission of the Greek Orthodox Church throughout her entire life. She is currently facing stage 5 chronic kidney disease and urgently requires a kidney transplant.

Her doctors have informed them that time is of the essence. If Joanne has to rely on a kidney from a deceased donor, the wait would optimistically be 5 – 8 years, during which time she would need to undergo dialysis. This extended period on dialysis would take a toll on her health, negatively impacting the quality of her life.

They’ve learned that the best solution is a kidney transplant from a living donor. This process is quicker, and once the match is made and tests are cleared, the transplant could happen in less than a year. Moreover, a kidney from a living donor tends to have a longer lifespan compared to one from a deceased donor.

Despite their sincere desire to donate a kidney, medical evaluations reveal that her husband, Peter Kakoyiannis, is not compatible with Joanne. Their children are being evaluated but are likely to face similar incompatibility issues because of a few factors, including Joanne’s blood type, which is O-positive.

Joanne pictured with her children and grandchildren. Please consider becoming a living donor.

Recognizing that a living transplant offers Joanne the best chances, they are reaching out to each of you. Considering becoming a living donor is a significant decision. Joanne is working with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Kidney Transplant Program (“Penn”), and they are available for confidential discussions to provide information about the living donation process, address your concerns, and answer any questions you may have. You can contact Penn at (215) 662-6200 or visit their website and intake form here. All communication with the Donation Center is confidential, and Joanne’s family will only be advised if there is a suitable match. Thankfully, Joanne’s medical insurance covers the transplant and hospitalization, ensuring there is no financial burden on the donor.

If you are not in a position to be a donor but know someone who may be open to this possibility, please let them know about Joanne’s situation and feel free to share this letter. They also have built a personal site that tells Joanne’s story, so please share it widely using social media:

If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to reach out to Penn (tel 215-662-6200 and website here). Peter Kakoyiannis (tel 215-715-5378; email and Jason Kakoyiannis (213-590-9125; are available for confidential discussions as well.

In summary, Joanne’s health is rapidly declining, and without a kidney transplant, her situation will continue to worsen. At the same time, they’re approaching this situation with hope and gratitude and are optimistic that, with your support and their group of friends, family, and community, they can find a solution for Joanne’s urgent need.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and support.


The Kakoyiannis Family (Peter, Jason, Alana, Marissa, & Joanne)

Past Events

Our Bingo Fundraiser Nighter, our inaugural fundraising event took place on Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at Saint George!

We had Bingo, food, fellowship, and a raffle drawing. Many thanks to all who attended and those who supported the event by providing the prizes and food. It was a wonderful evening, and we can’t wait for more events in the future!

Scenes from our Bingo Night!

Upcoming Philoptochos Board & General Meetings

Sunday, March 10: Board & General Meeting
Sunday, April 14: Board & General Meeting
Sunday, June 9: General Meeting
Sunday, September 15: General Meeting
Sunday, November 10: General Meeting

Letter from Philoptochos President, Efti Sereti

To the Saint George Community,

It is with great pleasure to announce that on December 10, 2023, our chapter of Ladies Philoptochos, with the auspices and blessings of our Spiritual Father Sophronios, has again resumed its mission! The newly elected board members are listed below. Our mission is to welcome old and new members alike and encourage you to assist us in building up our chapter once again. Men are also welcome to join as members.

Executive Board 2024: Ladies Philoptochos Chapter of Saint George
President: Efti Sereti
First Vice President: Natalie Becerra
Second Vice President: Marilena Lekas  
Corresponding Secretary: Scalla J.
Recording Secretary: Annastacia Filippidis
Treasurer: Irini Tsounakas
Assistant Treasurer: Nafsika Michael
Advisor: Gina Georgiou 

In December, we had a brief meeting where we were able to brainstorm about our major initiatives including, but not limited to, fundraising and supporting philanthropic activities and other programs that benefit people in need.

Our Philoptochos chapter is growing, and we hope that you will consider joining as a member in 2024. We encourage you all to be part of this meaningful cause to promote charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic outreach; to preserve the sanctity of life and family; and to perpetuate the promotion of our Orthodox faith and traditions.

In January, the Executive Board took their Oath of Office in front of the congregation, followed by the Philoptochos Vasilopita cutting. Our next meeting will be Sunday, February 11, 2024 following Divine Liturgy. We hope you will join us then!

To join our Philoptochos chapter, email Saint George is truly a diamond in the heart of Manhattan and together we can make it shine ever more!

Respectfully Yours,

Efti Sereti 
President, Ladies Philoptochos chapter of St. George Tropeoforos Greek Orthodox Church