New York.- Hundreds of well wishers from the United States and Greece gathered at the Metropolitan Club on Nov. 19 to join in warm and enthusiastic celebration of George and Alexandra Wentworth, honorees of the 53rd Annual Chrysanthemum Ball of the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Philoptochos Society.
Especially noteworthy were the remarks of George and Alexandra as they spoke of the importance of Greek Orthodoxy and Hellenic culture, family and community, not only in their own lives but also particularly in the lives of their two daughters. George noted what a significant role growing up in the Greek American community had meant to him and to his success in public service and continuing to today.
Echoing these sentiments were two young Greek Americans, and Columbia graduates whom particpated in the eveningʼs program. Michael Beys of New York City expertly and with humor moved the program along as Master of Ceremonies. Kyriakos Tsakopoulos of Sacramento, CA newly elected as youngest member of the Columbia University Board of Trustees, introduced the honorees with warm words of praise and personal recollections of Georgeʼs early beginnings at Columbia University, Oxford and ultimately the presidential campaign and history.
Since its inception in 1953, the Chrysanthemum Ball has not only inaugurated the Fall social season in Metropolitan New York but its success as the major source of income for the Cathedral Philoptochos has ensured the distribution of thousands of dollars to several local, national and international philanthropies. This year over $150,000 was raised in support of the philanthropies including: September 11 Relief Fund, Childrenʼs Medical Fund, Holy Cross School of Theology, St. Basil Academy, St. Michaelʼs Home, Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, The Cathedral School scholarships and social welfare cases supported on a monthly basis.
Honorary Chairpersons of the Ball were Consul General of Greece Dr. Catherine Boura and Consul General of Cyprus Martha Mavrommatis. Co-chairmen of the Ball were Froso Beys and Maria Spears. National President of Philoptochos is Georgia Skeadas, Minna Colakis is president of the. Cathedral Philoptochos and the Rev. Dr. Robert G. Stephanopoulos is Dean of the Cathedral.
Residents of Washington, DC, George and Alexandra were married in Holy Trinity Cathedral on November 20, 2001 and are the parents of two lovely daughters, 4-year old Elliott Anastasia and 17- month old Harper Andrea.
George Robert Stephanopoulos, 45, the son, grandson, nephew and godson of Greek Orthodox priests was born in Fall River, MA, the son of Father Robert and Presvytera Nikki. He was named ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent in December 2005, and began anchoring “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” in September 2002.
Prior to joining ABC News in 1997, he served in the Clinton administration as the senior advisor to the president for policy and strategy. He is the author of” All Too Human” a number-one New York Times best seller on President Clintonʼs first term and the 1992 and 1996 Clinton/Gore campaigns. He previously served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Ed Feighan of Ohio; Deputy Communications Director for the 1987 Dukakis for Presidential campaign and executive floor manager to House Majority Leader Richard A. Gephardt.
He is a 1982 summa cum laude salutatorian and Phi Beta Kappa graduate in International Relations from Columbia University where he was a Truman Scholar and broadcaster for WKCR Sports. As a Rhodes scholar at Balliol College, Oxford University (1984-86), he received a Masters Degree in Theology, Christian Ethics and Political Thought. George was honored with the Offikion of Archon Megas Nomophylax by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at Vesper Services at the Holy Trinity Cathedral October 24th, 1997.
Alexandra Elliott Wentworth, 40, was born in Washington D.C, the daughter of Mabel Cabot, who served as social secretary for First Lady Nancy Reagan in the White House, and Eric Wentworth, formerly a reporter for The Washington Post. She attended Dana Hall School for Girls, Bard and New York University.
Ali is an accomplished actress, comedienne and author who has appeared in the theater, movies and television. In 2003 she co-hosted Living It Up With Ali and Jack with Jack Ford on CBS television. Her movie and television appearances have included Jerry Maguire, Trial and Error and Office Space and on television, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, In Living Color and Seinfeld. The author of The Wasp Cookbook, this month Ali began a monthly column on The DC Scenester for Marie Claire magazine.