CFA Philanthropic Committte at work

CFA Philanthropic Committte at work . Fundraiser for Demetria Constantinides. Pictured from left: Despina Axiotakis, Peter Louca, Sophia Cotzia and Christos Nicolaou

“Philanthropy is the voluntary sharing of one’s personal and financial resources to enhance human well-being and bring about positive social change. In short, philanthropy is “Giving for a Quality Life.”

The Cyprus Federation of America Philanthropic Fund was established as a Committee to:

• Facilitate the development of chapter goals and objectives and execute tasks to achieve them.
• Plan, coordinate, and evaluate all philanthropy and service projects.
• Ensure that philanthropy events operate effectively and provide a positive experience for members and the benefactors.
• Serve as a role model by actively participating in philanthropy activities.

PHILANTHROPIC/GIFTS/DONATIONS (Partial List)

• The CFA donated $5,000 to the organization “Synthesmos of Families of Narcotics users” that will be used to help raise money for people who attend re-hab chaired by Mrs. Elsie Christofias and the Archbishop of Cyprus through the Cyprus Children’s Fund
• CFA works with the Rachel Cooper Foundation when the children from Cyprus will be coming to NY for treatment
• Greek Children’s Fund
• Cyprus Children’s Fund
• St. Basils in Garrison, NY
• “Pins for Pualy” Foundation
• CFA has aided individuals/families that were not able to pay their rent
• Has aided children in their college tuition costs
• Has aided individuals who have lost their job and need temporary relief with funds and/or housing
• Helped many families needing medical help or housing while families received medical care
• Haiti Relief – $2,000 was sent through the Archdiocese of America

SCHOLARSHIPS – SUPPORT
• Queens College the CFA offers three scholarships every year
• The Panpaphian Association – offered $1,000 in scholarship
• The American Hellenic Scholarships
• Princeton Scholarship Fund

The Current Chairman of the Philanthropic Committee is Mr. Nicos Zittis

Fundraiser for Demetria Constantinides

CFA Philanthropic Committte at work .  Fundraiser for Demetria Constantinides. Pictured from left:  Despina Axiotakis,  Philanthropic Chairman Peter Louca, Sophia Cotzia and Christos Nicolaou.

 

CFA Philanthropic Fund Recital

Vassilis VarvaresosOn March 19, 2012, the world-renowned Greek pianist Vassilis Varvaresos performed at a benefit piano recital at Carnegie Hall to thunderous applause. The recital was sponsored by the Cyprus Federation of America with the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America. Named Most Promising Young Greek Artist from the Critics’ Association of Greece, Mr. Varvaresos has been hailed by the Washington Post as a “young master on the rise.” Winner of the prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions at the age of 14 (the only Greek that has ever won the auditions), he was, among his many achievements, the soloist with the Athens State Symphony Orchestra, representing Greece on a two-week tour of China, on the occasion of the 2008 Bejing Olympic Games.

Mr. Varvaresos who graciously offered to donate the proceeds from this extraordinary recital to the Cyprus Federation of America’s “Philanthropic Fund,” which provides hospitality services and financial support to children from Cyprus and Greece undergoing comprehensive medical treatment in the United States was received by the community with a thunderous applause. Over 550 people attended this incredible concert and Mr. Varvaresos did not disappoint. Thank you Vassilis!! Bravo!

During these critical financial times in Greece and Cyprus, the generosity of the Greek American Community to people in need has never been greater. The Cyprus Federation of America is once again seeking your generous support through one of the enclosed sponsorship opportunities

 

 

 

 

 

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“Varvaresos not only has a natural yet finely honed technique, it springs as one with the wide scope of profound musicianship. Varvaresos engaged his audience with a performance that sizzled from start to finish. ” – New York Concert Review

VASSILIS VARVARESOS

In December 2010 Mr. Varvaresos was named Most Promising Young Greek Artist from the Critics’ Association of Greece. The dynamic young Greek pianist is also the 1st Prize winner of the Maria Chairogiorgou-Sigara 3rd International Piano Competition, held in Athens in May 2010.

Winner of the coveted First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions at the age of 14, his recital debuts in New York and Washington were acclaimed. The New York Concert Review ended thus: “Following this great program greatly played, Vassilis Varvaresos played a spicy Greek dance with all the exuberance and heartiness of a soul in love with life.” The Washington Post’s headline called him a “Young Master on the Rise.”

Mr. Varvaresos made his sensational New York orchestra debut in 2007 at Lincoln Center performing Lowell Liebermann’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Andreas Delfs. In October 2010, as a special guest of the Archbishop of the Greek-Orthodox Church of America, Mr. Varvaresos appeared with the Manhattan Symphony Orchestra in Chopin’s Piano Concerto in e minor at Alice Tully Hall, while in the winter of 2008 he was asked to be the soloist with the Athens State Symphony Orchestra, representing Greece on a two-week tour of China, on the occasion of the 2008 Bejing Olympic Games. Mr. Varvaresos, on this occasion, performed in front of a total of 6000 people.

Since its American debut at the age of 15, Mr. Varvaresos has performed in virtually all of the United States. Major appearances include recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, the 92nd Street Y of New York, the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and the Kennedy Center in Washington. This season marks Mr. Varvaresos debut at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall while he will also be appearing in chamber music concerts at the Morgan Library.

Mr. Varvaresos has written music for ten films, including “Sir John Soane” and “Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments” and for a television series. He has co-authored the musical “Delilah”, while his book “Departure From the Functionality of Syntax” was awarded the Scholastic Distinction Award at the Juilliard School.

Mr. Varvaresos holds a bachelor of music degree and a master of music degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal. In May 2011 Mr. Varvaresos received his Doctorate in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School. He was a student of Jerome Lowenthal, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Robert MacDonald.

Currently residing in Paris, Mr. Varvaresos is pursuing the prestigious Diplôme d’ Artiste-Interpète degree at the Conservatoire Nationale et Superieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, France. He studies with Michel Dalberto.