As we enter the New Year, our Philoptochos will be collecting funds through the POOR BOX and a Vasilopita auction to support St. Basil Academy, which was founded in 1944 by Archbishop Athenagoras, of Blessed Memory. With the valuable assistance of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, the Ruppert estate was purchased 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.
On January 30, we will once again hold a live auction to raise money for the Academy as well. We will be auctioning Vasilopita breads and cakes baked by members of St. Spyridon with the highest bidder getting to keep the icon of St. Basil for the year. Please contact Tamsen Todd with any questions or if you'd like to bake a bread or cake to be auctioned.
More information can be found here. http://stbasil.goarch.org/about/our-history