The Ladies Philoptochos Society/BAHA Chapter 1088

No one is too young or too old to be a part of this special group of women – “The Ladies Philoptochos Society”. Philoptochos is an army of women whose collective drive, dedication, and heart help those who need it most. Philoptochos is YOU! We are always looking for and welcome new skills, experiences, ideas, and personalities. Be a part of a philanthropic movement. Join today and make new friends, share experiences, knowledge, and laughter.

If you are not yet a member of Philoptochos, please come join us at our next meeting to see what we are all about. Hopefully you will like what we are doing and will want to become a member. Either way, we will be pleased with your presence.


We meet on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:30 PM

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2021-2023 Kimisis Tis Theotokou Philoptochos Board


Reverend Protopresbyter  Panagiotis Lekkas

Spiritual Leader


Lucy Milonas



Mary Loizou

1st Vice President

Voula Perdikaris

2nd Vice President

Harriet Callis


Joanna Kotsis

Asst. Treasurer

Anna Buchsbaum

Recording Secretary

Cheryl Bontales

Corresponding Secretary

Aphro Bucco


Joyce Coccaro


Ana Cosmas


Angie Kokinakos


Denise Panicello



Standing from left to right; Joanna Kotsis, Kimber Gregorakis, Martha Parlamis, Anna Alexiou, Paraskevi Argyrou, Mary Loizou, Stephanie Countouroudas, Voula Perdikaris, Andrea Protentis, Chryssie Sannino, Marianthi Koukoumis, Lynn Rexines and Maryanne Peters.



Visitation Committee

Join a great team of people who visit individuals from our community who are homebound, recuperating in a hospital or living in a Nursing home. The visit may include a delivery of something from the church, such as Anditheron {bread offered by the priest at dismissal}, Holy Water, Palms, Vasilopita, Artos, the church newsletter, a Greek Newspaper, or just a friendly smile and a caring word. Your visit will warm someone’s heart and bring them great joy.

Drives Committee

Join the committee that coordinated drives for specific items throughout the year. This committee often coordinates its drives with the Girl Scouts or GOYA. We have had Coat Drives for the Bridges Program, Toy Drives for St. Basil Academy, Food Drives for the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean County and household items for the Ronald McDonald House.  Join the Drives Committee and help provide for those in great need.

Fashion Show Committee

Join the dynamic and innovative women who put the VA-VA-VA-VOOM in our Annual Fashion Show with GLITZ, GLAMOUR AND GRANDEUR.  They turn any runway into a Hollywood red carpet. It’s exciting, it’s fun and the proceeds benefit many local charities.

College Connection

This is a support group that maintains a link with students from our community during their college years. It keeps college students informed of Kimisis news, happenings and events and reaches out to them while they are away. The committee arranges a College student blessing in August, showcases their accomplishments, informs them of scholarships and job opportunities.


Palm Sunday Luncheon – Help set up, or serve, or donate an item for the buffet

Panagias Vesper Hospitality Hour – Help set up or serve, or donate an item for the buffet

Panagias Hospitality Hour – Help set up, or serve, or donate an item for the buffet

Mission Statement


The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc., is the duly accredited women’s philanthropic society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The mission of the Society shall be:

  • To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts; and
  • To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources;
  • To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs;
  • To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Parish Priest and the Parish Council.

The charitable work of the Society shall be performed with discretion, courtesy and kindness.