NEW YORK.- By Archie Mavromatis
When dreams are realized, it is a time for celebration. That is what the William Spyropoulos School Parent and Teachers Association of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Flushing did on the anniversary of their school. Last Friday, at Jericho Terrace over 300 parents, friends and supporters gathered to celebrate the 26 years of educational excellence of the school.
William Spyropoulos made this dream possible with an initial donation of $100,000 in the Spring of 1968, which helped launch this ambitious goal. Along with many individuals who saw the future of this community and pledged their support to make it possible, they embarked on the journey to build the foundation of this community on the hopes and dreams of the youth. Today, over 480 children gather daily for the spiritual and educational nurturing provided by this institution.
The gala chaired by Karen Kalkanis and Penelope Kaliontzakis was truly a social and financial success. Remembering the vision that the founders of the school had, this year the PTA honored those who continue this dream with their support and dedication. A special honor was paid to North Shore Diner, REMI Supper Club, Minutemen Printers of Bayside and The Queens Gazette. The gala’s Mistress of Ceremonies Lena Varis, who is also the president of the PTA, presided over the awards ceremonies and paid tribute to this year’s honorees with a plaque commemorating the evening. “It is with a deep sense of gratitude and admiration that we remember the wonderful deeds and efforts of those who made this dream a reality, “ Lena Varis said, “and with our plans to build a new Parish Community Center our sights continue to be set on the future generation of children which will pass through our school.” She continued, “Therefore, it is fitting to honor these individuals tonight who are committed to these goals.”
Speaking on behalf of the community, Parish Council President Manny Kratsios, commended the PTA and the evening’s dynamic committee for organizing such a successful event Rev. Fr. Paul Palesty commended all the recipients and congratulated the school administration its teachers and all who made the school’s 26 years such a tremendous success.
The evening’s raffle which consisted of over 50 major prizes was chaired by Anna Karacostas and her committee which included, Penny Hristoff, Elaine Ioannou, Stacy Mastrogiannis, Helen Papageorgiou, Maria Perdik, and Maria Vorkas. The very successful journal was organized by Karen Kalkanis, Penelope Kaliontzakis, Anastasia Vrettos and Katerina Zouzias.
Another highlight of the evening was the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students of the William Spyropoulos School who entertained all the guests with the traditional Hellenic dances. The evening’s music was provided by the Powerhouse Orchestra with star singers Yianni Papastephanou and Niko Koutros.
Everyone had a wonderful time.