Cathedral’s Summer Soiree Honors Cyprus’ Sophianou

Photo Credit: Dimitris Panagos

June 23, 2013 – The Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity held   Soiree 2013 Celebrating the work of Koula Sophianou, Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus to New York at the Tribeca Rooftop in Lower Manhattan on June 23. The gathering, a fundraiser for the Cathedral which included a parallel affair for young professionals, was presented with the blessings of Archbishop Demetrios of America, Fr. Anastasios Gounaris, the Dean, and the Cathedral Council. The most touching part of an emotional and beautiful Sunday evening was the presence of the honoree’s mother, who travelled from Cyprus unbeknown to Sophianou, who gasped with joy when they first saw each other. Dora Sophianou told TNH that, “It was a great surprise. I received a phone call from Panicos Papanikolaou,” who worked with Dean Poll, the President of the Cathedral Council who thought of the gesture, to make it happen.”

The Cyprus Federation of America, one of the sponsors of the event, came out in full force to honor their own Koula Sophianou.  Past President Panicos Papanicolou was an honorary chairman.  Attending were:  CFA President Costas Tsentas, Despina Axiotakis, Kyriacos Papastylianou, Peter Kakoyiannis, Martinos Kyprianou, Soteroula Karacostas, Niovi Philippou.  Other fellow Cypriots and sponsors Philip Christopher, Nikos Mouyiaris, Sophia Cotzia also attended