NEW YORK.- A crowd of more than four hundred people participated in the “Apokriatiko Party” of the Holy Cross Community in Whitestone, giving hope to the newly elected parish council and its president Argyro Giabili that their dream of building a new church will come true. Greek singer Antypas made a surprise appearance, singing his latest hit.
“It’s been a dream come true for me and for my parish council because we have been waited a long time for that type of successful night. I think you felt the love and the joy in this room. It was something that the community needed tonight”, said Mrs Argyro Giabili.
The dance committee and the parish council members worked hard for the success of the event.
“There’s not one person in our community that didn’t help whether financially or whether to come and fold napkins or whether to send a platter of food, everybody. The entire community came out. Every person that you see in there gave something towards tonight”, she said.
Seven new members were elected in the Parish council in 2004, sharing the goal to unite the community behind the dream to at least start the works for a new church in the community, something everybody has been waiting for 27 years.
“For 27 years we wanted a church”, told GreekNews Mrs Giabili. We decided to build a school and a community center for our youth. And now it’s time for us to enjoy something that it’s going to be our church”.
The Whitestone Community has 500 members right now. There is an afternoon Greek School and in addition two nursery classes. Many Greek Americans moved in the community over the last decade, and the old church cannot serve adequately their needs.
Mrs Giabili thinks the number could double, if a new church is built.
“We’d like to double that number and to see our reality of a church become true. Our church is our main goal right now and to continue to bring love and unity to our community”, she added.
Very few parish councils in the Archdiocesan District have a woman president. Mrs Giabili tells us “she has no problem with that”.
Anastasia Kouvaros, assistant treasurer tells GreekNews that people do not have a problem having a woman president, neither the community. “They are actually very proud that a woman has taken over the role of presidency. She is very capable and she has proven it over the years she served at the parish council”.
Father Nicholas Kouvaris spoke briefly at the events, congratulating the council, the event’s committee and all the volunteers for their efforts.