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March 29: Syrian Relief Fund Raising Dinner in Pittsburgh, PA

On Sunday, March 29, 2015 the IOCC Pittsburgh Metropolitan Committee plans to hold a prayer service and fund raising dinner that will benefit our Syrian brothers and sisters in Christ. This Syrian Relief gathering will be held at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Pittsburgh, PA. We would like to cordially invite your parish to attend, and support IOCC's aid efforts in Syria.

The recent conflict has been devastating. It has resulted in the displacement of numerous Orthodox Christians that are now hungry, homeless, and lacking essential items.

Last year Archbishop Melchisedek, Metropolitan Silouan, Metropolitan Savas, Bishop Thomas, and (former) Archbishop Theodosius led our Syrian Relief gathering. This year we are hoping to more fully engage all of the Orthodox jurisdictions and faithful in this Orthodox offering of love, prayer, and mercy. Please join us! During the past two years, we have held two similar Syrian Relief gatherings that have grossed $27,000 and $37,000, respectively. We are able to be extremely efficient with these gathering, because the community made/donated almost all of the food and supplies for the events. We were able to send $25,000 and $36,000, respectively, to IOCC from these events. Glory to God! (As a reminder IOCC is typically able to obtain $7 worth of grant/other money for each $1 we raise. So this is equivalent to approximately $427K of total aid in Syria from our community's efforts).

We need your help in the following ways:

Attend the Event: Assign a liaison from your parish that can help sell tickets (call Zelfa for details 412-417-4706). Reserve tables for your parishioners and attend as a group. Encourage the philanthropic organizations within your Church to participate and help as a group. See Flyer for reservation details.

Make a Donation: Consider making a group Church donation (perhaps pass a tray). Bring the donation to the gathering; send it directly to IOCC (110 West Road, Suite 360, Baltimore, Maryland 21204); or mail it to Nick Terezis (c/o IOCC, 306 Marberry Dr. Pittsburgh, PA 15215). Please make the check payable to IOCC and write "Syrian Relief - Pit" in the memo. Donations from individuals are also welcome.

Volunteer to Help at the Dinner: Please volunteer to help during theday of the event (March 29), AND encourage your Church Youth Group to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Zelfa at 412-417-4706.

Build Awareness:  Please place this flyer in your church bulletin, post it on your bulletin board, and verbally encourage friends to attend.

Pray: Pray for our Syrian brothers and sisters in Christ, and for all people risking their safety to deliver aid.

We are hoping that this gathering will help to foster more frequent collaborations in our Pittsburgh region - where all of the Orthodox faithful come together, in Christ, to aid one another when tragedies occur in our ethnic homelands. Thank you for your love and help in the ministry of IOCC.

In Christ,

Nicholas E. Terezis, Chairman

IOCC Pittsburgh Metropolitan Committee—go here for updates on IOCC efforts in Syria


Hosting this event will be the following Hierarchs:

  • Greek Archdiocese - His Eminence Metropolitan Savas
  • Antiochian Archdiocese - His Grace Bishop Thomas
  • Orthodox Church in America - His Grace Bishop Melchisedek
  • Serbian Archdiocese - His Grace Bishop Mitrophan
  • Ukrianian Orthodox Church - His Grace Bishop Daniel
  • Carpatho-Russian - His Grace Bishop Gregory

Sponsoring organizations: Philoptochos of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, IOCC Pittsburgh Metropolitan Committee, and Antiochian Orthodox Community

Reservations Online: (preferred method):

Contacts: Sophie at 412-341-6869,, or Mari at 412-915-7380, Rula at 412-417-0012, Zelfa at 412-417-4706; Joanne at IOCC 877-803-4622, or

Mail: IOCC, 110 West Road, Suite 360, Baltimore, Maryland 21204, or ask if tickets are available in your home parish.

Tickets: $50.00 per person (age 18 and under $20, age 6 and under free). Additional donations would be appreciated. Net Proceeds will Benefit Syrian Relief. Make checks payable to "IOCC" write "Syrian Relief Dinner" and number of tickets in memo. Pre-Purchased tickets will be held at the door and will not be mailed. We will reserve tables of 10 or 8 only. Ticket sales & reservations must be made by March 27.

Call Zelfa: at 412-417-4706 or 412-417-4706, for information or if you would like to volunteer.

Download the flyer