Pre Advent Ball
November 13, 2010
On November 13, 2010, the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton, WV was the setting for the IOCC Pre-Advent Ball. The ball was sponsored by the Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church of Steubenville, OH and the IOCC Pittsburgh Metropolitan Committee. Vespers were held at the nearby St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and then the event moved to the cultural center for hor d'ouvres and a four-course meal.
Rev. Fr. Frank Milanese was the master of ceremonies and priest at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church of Weirton, WV. Our special guest speaker was Steve Radokovich, IOCC board member. Mr. Radokovich gave an inspiring and thought-provoking overview of the many efforts of IOCC. Closing and opening prayers were offered by Rev. Fr. Nicholas Halkias of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Steubenville, OH and Fr. Rade Merick of the host parish.
After dinner: the Greek Company Orchestra; the trio of Randy Lugares, Justin Greenwald, and Matt Haritan; and DJ Nick Riley provided multi-ethnic-dance music for a festive closure of the evening.
A silent auction was held for numerous gift baskets. Overall, the net proceeds to benefit IOCC for the evening totaled almost $4,000. The Committee extends its sincere thanks to Nino Karas director and staff of Serbian American Cultural Center, Nick & Pearl Tranto, Georgia Anetakis, and Irene Anetakis who made the delicious Baklava, and all those involved with this event.