Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be holding our annual Vasilopita auction this year. However, in order to raise money for St. Basil Academy , we will have a Vasilopita Bake Off and will continue to sell Vasilopita coins for you to use at home!
From January 1st to January 16th, learn about the history of the Vasilopita and bake your own Vasilopita with your family. Post or email a picture of you and your vasilopita. Various awards will be given out with the best Vasilopita getting the St. Basil icon for the year.
You can find recipes and more informaiton about the history of St. Basil and the Vasilopita HERE.
You can also donate to the Poor Box for St. Basil Academy here.
Ways to submit your pictures:
Email your pictures to Philoptochos@saintspyridon.church
Post on Facebook and tag @StSpyridonPhiloptochos
Post on Instagram and tag @saintspyridonphiloptochos
History of St. Basil Academy
“Archbishop Athenagoras, of Blessed Memory, founded Saint Basil Academy in 1944 with the valuable assistance of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society. The Archbishop dreamed of establishing an orphanage or children's home ever since his arrival in the United States in 1931. The Philoptochos purchased the Ruppert estate with the proceeds of two years of the Vasilopita celebrations. The Academy, as envisioned by the late Patriarch Athenagoras, has expanded in scope to be a well equipped Residential Child Care Center, with modern dormitories, a gymnasium/auditorium, indoor swimming pool, beautiful chapel, library and all the necessary comforts of a loving home.”
The home is located on a 400-acre Jacob Ruppert estate in Garrison New York, on the shores of the Hudson River, overlooking West Point Academy and provides food, shelter, and support to orphans, children of chronically ill or destitute parents or children from broken homes.
More information can be found here. http://stbasil.goarch.org/about/our-history