To assist those in need

Annunciation Philoptochos Buffalo Chapter #7035 is the local branch of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The mission of the society is to assist those in need, not only in our own Western New York community, but also through national and international outreach programs.

How do we assist those in need?

Philoptochos (φιλόπτωχος in Greek) literally means friend to the poor, and it is in that spirit of philanthropy that we hold numerous fundraising events throughout the year, including luncheons, basket raffles, and of course, baked goods sales.

Projects for the coming year 2022-2023

For the first time in two years, we will hold our Annual Taste of Greece, with a Pastitsio lunch, baked goods sale, and lots of baskets to raffle off. We will be doing our Christmas baking, where you can order authentic Greek delights baked by our Philoptochos ladies. We will also bring back our popular English Tea, featuring assorted tea sandwiches, scones, and tea, all served at your table in a very elegant fashion. This is just a small sampling of what Philoptochos does throughout the year! All proceeds for any Philoptochos event are used to support our Philanthropic efforts.

How you can help

Philoptochos is always looking for new members of any age. Membership to Philoptochos is open to any Greek Orthodox woman, over the age of 18 years, or a woman who is married to a Greek Orthodox man. Men can be associate members as well. If you are interested in joining, or just want more information, please contact our President, Michele Hiczewski, at (716) 860-3838 or email at

Annunciation Philoptochos Board

Michele S Hiczewski – President

Sandra Ladas – Vice-President

Marge Manos – Treasurer

Irene Lignos – Secretary

Jane Semertzides and Megan Marcil - members




You can also keep current with our activities by visiting our Facebook page,

For more information on the National Women's Philoptochos please visit their site at National Women's Philoptochos Society.

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Updated 8/10/2022