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 provide assistance to those in need, not only in our own WNY community, but also through national and international outreach programs.

“Philoptochos” 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.

Be part of the National Philoptochos 18th Biennial Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon

Saturday, November 6, 2021, Indianapolis, Indiana

This event raises money for one of our most important programs, The Children’s Medical Fund

To learn more about this event, click the following link: or email

The year 2020 brought many new challenges to our organization. Last year, our Primary Partner was the Seneca-Babcock C.D.C., which services underprivileged children in that area. However, when the shutdown started in March, several of our planned projects had to be put aside, due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Therefore, we decided to keep Seneca-Babcock as our chosen recipient, hoping that things will change for the better as we go along, and we can plan some of those events that never happened.

Besides local endeavors, our Philoptochos group donates funds to many organizations and ministries worldwide, which are coordinated by our National Philoptochos Board. In 2019, thanks to the generosity and involvement of our fellow Parishioners, our chapter was able to distribute over $13,300.00 in aid and assistance. This amount includes everything from international relief aid, to assisting families in our own parish. We also have access to Social Services programs through our Metropolis and National offices, for those requiring broader resources and financial assistance.

As we go through this “new way” of getting things accomplished, we are learning to think outside the box. Thankfully, the internet offers us a way to conduct our business virtually, and this August our National Biennial Convention, which was scheduled to take place in Cleveland, Ohio, was held in this format. To bring over 600 women together, without anyone leaving their homes, was something that would have been unthinkable not too long ago. We will continue to “learn as we go,” and at the same time “learn as we grow"!

Membership to Philoptochos is open to any Greek Orthodox woman, over the age of 18 years. Men can be associate members as well. If you are not yet a member of Annunciation Philoptochos, please consider joining us. For further information please contact either the Church office at 882-9485, or Michele Hiczewski at 860-3838.

Preparing dinner at the Ronald
McDonald House

  At the Ronald McDonald House
with director Lynn Hughes


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 9/23/2020