We held our 50 Year Anniversary Dinner at Le Montage at Lilyfield on Friday, 5 May 2017.
Almost 500 people attended our Anniversary Dinner to celebrate our Parish's presence in Liverpool since 1967 and Fr Christos Vergos' service for over half a century. We thank our special guests including His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, Member of Australian Federal Parliament for the seat of Fowler, Mr Chris Hayes accompanied by his wife Bernadette, Member of New South Wales Parliament, Mr Stephen Kamper for the seat of Rockdale, representing Mayoress Wendy Waller of Liverpool, Councillor Geoff Shelton of Liverpool City Council, and members of the Greek Orthodox Clergy and the laity for joining us.
His Eminence opened with prayer and the celebrations began with our 3 course meal being served. We were amazed with a few greek dance performances from Paroula's dance troupe followed by a number of addresses but our key address being of our founding priest, Father Christos Vergos. Fr Chris retires from his post after establishing our Church in Liverpool in 1967 and welcomed Fr Dimitrios to carry on his service after 50 years. We cut our anniversary cake, finished off our dessert, drew our raffle prizes and then the Paradise Band serenaded our attendees , which only encouraged us to leave our seats and start dancing.
We thank everyone for your support. We are incredibly happy that almost 500 attended to thank Fr Chris for his service for half a century and also commemorate our Parish's 50th Anniversary Year. It is quite the milestone and we really do hope everyone enjoyed sharing the experience with Fr Chris & Fr Dimitrios.
We give our heartfelt special thank you to Bower haus jewellers for providing all of our attendees with a gift of pearl earrings and also for donating a beautiful necklace which was awarded to our lucky raffle first prize winner.
We especially thank our greek dancers led by Paroula and the Paradise Band for providing our night's excellent entertainment.
Congratulations Fr Chris, Fr Dimitri & the Greek Orthodox Community of Liverpool & District on achieving 50 years. We especially congratulate Fr Chris, his lovely wife, Presbytera Sophia, children Christina and Vicky & her husband, Chris and their son Yianni on the service and dedication Fr Chris and his family have delivered to our community since 1967. Thank you!
What a great night! We made memories which will stay with many forever. ευχαριστώ