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Friday, August 27, 2021

READING AHEPA 2021 SCHOLARSHIP GOLF CLASSIC HIGHLIGHTS

The 12th Annual Ernie Orphanos Memorial Golf Classic was held on Saturday, August 21, concluding another successful year for the Reading AHEPA chapter.  Congratulations to the 2021 tournament foursome champions – Ryan Holloway, Mike Firovante, Jonas Conner and Luke Fagley.  The second-place tournament winners were Bernie Donahue, Bern Donahue, Jason Arnold and Nick Lambros. The weather forecast for the day of the golf outing called for thunderstorms. However, we were truly blessed with beautiful weather and all participants had a most enjoyable day of golf, fellowship and good food. In addition to the 80 golf participants, 45 individual and business sponsors helped bring in $15,314 in revenue, resulting in a net profit of approximately $10,000 for this year’s tournament. The proceeds from this annual event provide scholarships for our Berks County youth to continue their education following high school graduation. These young men and women have gone on to successful academic and professional careers that give back to our same community that supported them with these AHEPA scholarships.









Thursday, August 5, 2021

AHEPA Honors Marathon Champ Kyriakides, Hall of Famers, Ali's Daughter

AHEPA Honors Marathon Champ Kyriakides, Hall of Famers, Ali's Daughter: ATHENS – The family of the late 1946 Boston Marathon winner Stylianos Kyriakides, a Cypriot who triumphed against all odds, was celebrated at the AHEPA convention's Athletic Hall of Fame

Friday, July 23, 2021

In Memoriam: Peter M. Xavios

Peter M. Xavios, 84, of Wyomissing, passed away Monday, July 19, 2021, at 10:17 am in his residence.  He was the husband of the late Leah L. (Lamp) Xavios who passed away on February 4, 2005.  

Born in Reading, Mr. Xavios was the son of the late Nicholas P. and Sophie (Stevens) Xavios.  He was a member of Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church and was a self-employed barber.  

Mr. Xavios served in the United States Army during the Korean War.  

He is survived by his son Michael P. Xavios Sr. of Reading and his daughter Lisa H. Jones, wife of Robert E. Jones of Sinking Spring.   Mr. Xavios is also survived by his grandchildren Michael, Jr.; Travis; Victoria and his great-grandchildren Casey and Ethan.  He is also survived by his loving companion of 13 years Gloria Seifrit and was preceded in death by his son Jeffrey N. Xavios, October 31, 1995.

He was a great son, brother, husband, father, great-grandfather, friend and companion.  Family was very important to him and he loved us all.

He was a barber for over 60 years.  He loved what he did.  He had several generations of family members that he had the pleasure of providing service to.  He always thought of his clients as friends.

He previously served on the Parish Council at Sts. Constantine and Helen Church Greek Orthodox Church and was a member of the Order of AHEPA.  Brother Peter was initiated into the Reading AHEPA chapter on May 9, 1967. He was honored as a Life Member of the chapter.

Funeral Service will be held at Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1001 East Wyomissing Blvd. Reading, Monday, July 26, 2021, at 12:30 pm.  Reverend Theodore Petrides will officiate.  Interment with Military Honors rendered by the United States Army Honor Guard will follow at Berks County Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive relatives and friends at Bean Funeral Home 129 East Lancaster Ave. Shillington, Sunday, July 25, 2021, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and at Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church Monday from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Service to begin at 12:30. Online condolences may be made at www.beanfuneralhomes.com

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

AHEPAN Jason Hornberger recognized by Reading Chapter for Humanitarian Efforts

AHEPA Chapter President George Giovanis, right, presents the Humanitarian Award to AHEPAN Jason Hornberger, who donated life-saving organs twice to a fellow Berks County resident.

Guest C. Kraras AHEPA Chapter No. 61 member Jason Hornberger was honored on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Reading, Pa., for his generous organ donation to save the life of another Berks County resident. Below is the text of the presentation made by AHEPA Chapter President George Giovanis: 

·        I would like to share a heart-warming story that involves a caring spirit of one of our Brothers of our Reading chapter.  Brother Jason Hornberger has been active in our AHEPA Chapter for 8 years now and always supports everything about our fraternal group and attended our meetings and functions.  Jason’s mother is a Greek Orthodox lady who we know from South Jersey.  In fact, Jason’s Papou was an Ahepan in the Wildwood Chapter which was organized and chartered by our departed Brother Gust Kraras.

·        The story I want to tell you about involves Jason’s incredible heart.  Four years ago, there is a good friend of many of ours in the community by the name of Dick Henry, who unfortunately, because of much of the medicines and drugs that were prescribed for Dick, had a tremendous effect on his liver, and he needed a transplant.  Literally thousands of people were tested to see if there was a match for Dick and he was coming up empty as far as any possible donor.  Along came Brother Jason who got tested, and even though he only knew Dick slightly, it turned out Jason was a perfect match and he offered to be the donor.  Jason spent weeks preparing to be the liver donor for Dick Henry, which he completed over three years ago.  That was an incredible sacrifice and one by a young man in his early thirties who is married and has two young children.

·        But, the story gets even more amazing and intriguing.  Over the past few months, Dick Henry, because of the effects of so many anti-rejection drugs that he has been taking, actually ended up with kidneys failing dramatically and to a point where it was life threatening once again.  Absolutely incredibly, Jason was once again a match and even more incredibly, he decided to donate his kidney to Dick Henry, which he did in early March. 

·        Both of these transplants were done at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital where they said they had never had, in all their history, another person who ever donated two organs to anybody.

A plaque was presented to Jason in Church on AHEPA Day, May 16, 2021, that reads:

AHEPA MERITORIOUS AWARD Presented to Brother Jason Hornberger for your Humanitarian Efforts in providing the Gift of Life to help another in need.  Your Proud Brothers of AHEPA Chapter #61 – Reading, PA

Monday, May 17, 2021

Stevie Mitchell Awarded Reading AHEPA Chapter Scholarship

Scholarship recipient Stevie Mitchell with Chapter Scholarship Chairman Athan Dialectos.

The Gust C. Kraras AHEPA Chapter No. 61 awarded a 2021 Chapter Scholarship to Stevie Mitchell, a graduating senior at Wilson High School. Mitchell, a celebrated high school basketball star, is the son of Kyran and Stephanie Mitchell. While his athletic accomplishments are legendary in Berks County and Pennsylvania, Stevie is one of the top academic students in his graduation class, earning an overall GPA of 3.98. He will be attending Marquette College, where he has received a full athletic scholarship as an NCAA Division I basketball player. Among Stevie's high school achievements: National Honor Society, Varsity Basketball Grades 9-12; BCIAA Player of the Year for 2 consecutive years; First Team All-State Basketball for 2 years; Three-time All-County selection. Stevie also served as an Acolyte and attended Sunday School at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church.

Monday, March 1, 2021

In Memoriam: James Georgeadis

James Georgeadis, 95, passed away February 28, 2021, at Berks Heim. He was the loving husband of Christine (Fournaris) Georgeadis and had celebrated 70 years of marriage. 

Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Socrates and Androniki (Lambros) Georgeadis. 

He was predeceased by six siblings, Lyvia, Nicholas, Fred and Steve Georgeadis, Sadie Patton and Bess Fotis.

Jimmy, as he was affectionately known by all, was a graduate of Reading High School in 1944 and served honorably in the US Army in the Pacific Theater during World War II. 

His professional life was spent at Reading Merchants Company, serving many years as its sales manager from 1953, until his retirement in 1998. 

He was an active lifelong member of Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church and a member of Gust C. Kraras Chapter No. 61 Order of AHEPA. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Lyvia, married to Anthony D. Petris, Sinking Spring, and Socrates J. Georgeadis married to Kerry Georgeadis, of Wyomissing; four grandchildren: Kristina married to Antoni Antonellos; Kathy married to Gerasimo Phelivanidis; James S. Georgeadis, married to Patty Preston Georgeadis of Dallas, TX; and Anne Katherine Georgeadis of Phoenixville, PA; and four great-grandchildren: Teddy Antonellos, Dimitri Antonellos, Penny Georgeadis, and Bonnie Georgeadis. 

A visitation will be held Wednesday, March 3, 2021, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church. Because of concerns due to Covid-19, the family regrettably asks for a private service thereafter. Contributions may be made to Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church 1001 East Wyomissing Blvd., Reading, PA 19611. 

Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc, West Reading is honored to serve James and his family. Condolences may be expressed at www.kuhnfuneralhomes.com.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

AHEPA chapter purchases 2 ovens for Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church kitchen

Tony Phyrillas, treasurer of the Gust C. Kraras Chapter No. 61 Order of AHEPA, presents a check to Christos Dikos, president of the church council at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Reading, to cover the purchase and delivery of two convection ovens for the church kitchen. The ovens will be used to cook at the church's annual food festival and for baking by the church's ladies auxiliary. "Due to the restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the church’s financial situation has been a challenge for the parish council," AHEPA Chapter President George Giovanis said. "The members of our service organization continue to stand ready in support of the church." The Gust C. Kraras Chapter 61 of AHEPA has been active in Berks County for the past 95 years and has supported the church financially.

Friday, September 11, 2020

AHEPAN George Zeppos featured in local newspaper


Did you catch the story in the Reading Eagle about the new Greek restaurant opened in West Reading by AHEPAN George Zeppos and his wife Eleny? Mazi has been getting rave reviews from food lovers in Berks County and beyond. 

Here's the link to the Reading Eagle story about the new restaurant: New Greek restaurant brings taste of Europe to Penn Avenue in West Reading

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Highlights from 2020 Senior Recognition Dinner at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church

 Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church and the Gust C. Kraras Chapter No. 61 of the Order of AHEPA recently teamed up to host a Senior Recognition Dinner in honor of graduating high school seniors who attend the church in Reading. Students and their families were treated to a dinner in the church Social Hall and each graduate received a "College Survival Kit" prepared by Rev. Theodore Petrides and Lay Assistant/Youth Director Dino Alexandrides. The kit contained a variety of items that the students can take with them to college this fall, including the Orthodox Study Bible, a prayer book, a T-shirt and candles. The students are formally recognized during the last day of Sunday School and at the AHEPA Scholarship Banquet, but the shutdowns forced by the coronavirus outbreak canceled both events. The students attending the Recognition Dinner were Peyton Kraras, Mackenzie Kraras, Amara Midouhas, Dante Porcaro, Anna Caloiero, and Gabe Koumaras. (Toni Dikos and AJ Futrick were unable to attend.) Each of the students was also awarded scholarship money by the AHEPA chapter.

Below are some photo highlights from the Senior Recognition Dinner courtesy of Phil Macaronis.