Looking for an excuse to get dressed up and attend an elegant party to benefit a good cause? Come to the Mistletoe Mingle! The Mingle is the official after party of the Mistletoe Ball, the long-running Boston charity ball hosted annually by the Hellenic Women’s Club (EOK). Created with young professionals in mind, the Mistletoe Mingle features dancing, desserts and a cash bar. All proceeds benefit Rosie’s Place. Tickets are $50. For more information and to order tickets: http://mistletoemingle-eorg.eventbrite.com/
The Athena Society met in late September to welcome new members and kick off planning an exciting season of events. Future events may include a symposium on the Greek debt crisis, as well as lighter fare (toga party, anyone?). Stay tuned for details and updates!
On April 29, the Athena Society held an olive oil tasting. In keeping with prior group events, it was as fun as it was educational. Generously hosted at the home of Tatiana Lingos-Webb, guests were treated to an indulgent spread of hors d’oeuvres and wine to accompany the three olive oils on hand from Italy, Spain, and (of course) Greece. Sofia Lingos provided checklists on possible flavor descriptors of oil, from “fruity” and “peppery” to “herbal” and “buttery.” Guests had spirited discussions about flavors they could taste in which oils, as well as which was their favorite.
The winner? Spain.
Following the tasting, guests were able to make their own olive oil infusions with dried peppers, garlic, and herbs. A special thank you to everyone who made our personalized Athena Society infusion bottles possible!
In the spirit of the Christmas season, members of the Athena Society donated toys to the Philoxenia House. The Philoxenia House is a “home away from home” to Greek families who have traveled to seek medical treatment for their children at Boston-area hospitals and require lodging during their stays. The Athena Society was proud to help this outstanding charity, and continues to be inspired by the courageous children and their parents who stay at the Philoxenia House.
For more information about the excellent work the Philoxenia House does, please visit: http://www.boston.goarch.org/philoxenia_house.html
The Athena Society hosted a Greek wine tasting on Thursday, November 10 at the home of Katie Lazares. Executive Committee members each brought a different Greek wine (3 whites, 3 reds) to share, and attendees had the opportunity to taste each wine, analyze it, and compare it to the tasting notes. Stephanie Kacoyanis also lead a brief course on how to taste wine and how to identify its components.
The evening was an excellent opportunity to socialize, as well as learn about the varied wines and terroirs of Greece.
As the Athena Society’s Executive Committee began planning June’s Meet and Greet for Good, they were determined to incorporate the group’s philanthropic mission of promoting education and career opportunities for women. Members decided that in lieu of selling tickets, each invitee would be asked to bring a gently-worn item of women’s business clothing to donate to the Boston chapter of Dress for Success, an international organization whose mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women and to provide a support network and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Women are referred to Dress for Success from many places, including job training programs and homeless shelters, and are then able to obtain interview-appropriate clothing and career counseling to aid their transitions into the workplace.
The Athena Society event generated several bags of clothing for Dress for Success, and members are considering making the clothing drive an annual tradition.
For more information about Dress for Success, please visit: www.dressforsuccess.org
On June 22nd, we held our first event, Athena Society Spring Meet and Greet for Good, and strong interest was shown on the behalf of our guests to join the organization. To follow-up, we had a great meeting on Sunday, July 10th to discuss our next steps. Together, we assembled a calendar through the rest of the year and are planning a kick-off meeting to welcome new members in September. Additionally, we are putting together ideas for team-building and community enrichment endeavors for this Fall.
The Athena Society, a philanthropic organization founded by young women of Greek descent, encourages women to harness a curiosity for learning; cultivate a passion for academic excellence, career development, leadership, and global stewardship; and foster Hellenism amongst peers and community.