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Summer Soiree at the Tribeca Rooftop in Honor of Consul General Koula Sophianou

By on September 7, 2013

    The Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity hosted its Summer Soiree in celebration of Koula Sophianou, Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus to New York. The event was held at the Tribeca Rooftop in Lower Manhattan and was attended by over 350 people, including 200 young professionals. The evening was a successful fundraiser for the Cathedral, signifying a marquee event for the church.

    The soiree began with a cocktail reception where guests enjoyed an expansive open-air rooftop offering panoramic views of Manhattan. Attendees then shifted by spiral staircase one flight below to the ballroom for dinner where Dean Vali’s Bounce Entertainment provided live music. Soiree Chairman Richard Economou commenced the speeches recognizing dignitaries present which included Greece’s Consul General in New York, George Iliopoulos, and his wife Anthousa, as well as Ambassador Aghi Balta, who now is the Ambassador of Greece in Chile.

    Dean Poll, President of the Cathedral, also addressed the guests, as did the Cathedral’s Dean, Fr. Anastasios Gounaris, who assisted His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios in offering the invocation. Special recognition was given to soiree co-chairs Herbert and Effie Butler and Athena Economou, Pauline Kotsilimbas who headed Sponsorships, and Justin Bozonelis who chaired the Young Professionals.

    The event was an enjoyable and emotional affair as the honoree’s mother, who travelled from Cyprus, unbeknownst to Sophianou, surprised her daughter. The two embraced during the cocktail reception with tears of joy. In addition, Poll whose family had taken care of Sophanou during her studies in America, set up on display large photos of her as a child. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios spoke highly of Sophianou’s achievements and contributions, and presented her with a beautiful gift clock from Tiffany’s honoring her outstanding years of service. Consul General of Greece Iliopoulos also congratulated his colleague and praised her steadfast love for the “Omogenia.”

    Compiled by Justin Bozonelis

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