On Sunday, September 24, 2023 the IOCC Pittsburgh Metropolitan Committee plans to hold it’s second prayer service and fundraising dinner that will benefit our Ukrainian brothers and sisters. This “Ukrainian Relief” gathering will be held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh, PA. We would like to cordially invite your Parish to attend, and support IOCC’s aid efforts in Ukraine. The recent conflict has been devastating. It has resulted in the displacement of fourteen million people that are now hungry, homeless, and lacking essential items. (Please see material below)
From 2013-2018, we held six similar efforts to benefit Syrian Relief. Up to 650 people attended these annual gatherings, and we were able to send over $300,000 to IOCC. Glory to God! In past gatherings we were blessed to have Metropolitan JOSEPH, Metropolitan ANTONY, Metropolitan SAVAS, Archbishop MELCHISEDEK, Archbishop MITROPHAN, Archbishop DANIEL, Archbishop GREGORY, and Bishop THOMAS in attendance. We have also had several non-Orthodox religious leaders in attendance – and are expecting Catholic Bishop Zubik to attend this year.
At these gatherings we strive to spend as little money as possible in the logistics of holding this event. Our greater Pittsburgh region has lovingly donated almost all of the food and supplies in past years, and we are prayerful that we can continue this tradition. Our goal is to pass the maximum amount of money through to IOCC in their Ukrainian aid efforts. (As a reminder IOCC is typically able to obtain $7 worth of grant/other money for each $1 we raise. Last year we were able to pass $57,000 through to IOCC at our Ukrainian event. By this historical measure, our community’s efforts were able to contribute approximately $400,000 of total aid to Ukraine).
Nicholas E. Terezis, Chairman
IOCC Pittsburgh Metropolitan Committee
740-282-5198 · firstname.lastname@example.org
TO VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF OF IOCC UKRAINE RESPONSE CLICK HERE