2011-11-30 / Features

Giving Thanks

BY JASON D. ANTOS


(L. to r.); GAHOA Member George Kitsios, President George Alexiou, Archbishop Demetrios of America, and Members Elias Tsekeridis and Pete Stathatos. 
Photos Jason D. Antos (L. to r.); GAHOA Member George Kitsios, President George Alexiou, Archbishop Demetrios of America, and Members Elias Tsekeridis and Pete Stathatos. Photos Jason D. Antos While millions of Americans spent their Thanksgiving holiday in the warm surroundings of home with family and friends, an equal number, including many throughout the city, experienced just the opposite.

For the members and volunteers of the Greek American Homeowners Association (GAHOA), this year’s holiday was spent making sure that those unfortunate persons including the elderly, the poor, the homeless and the lonesome were able to partake in the joy of Thanksgiving.

For the 22nd consecutive year the doors to the organization’s headquarters, 23-49 31st St., were opened on Thanksgiving Day where members provided enough free meals to feed more than 700 area residents who lined up for a hot turkey meal with all the trimmings.

“This is what Thanksgiving is all about,” said District Leader Costa Constantinides who helped assemble care packages of food. “This is a very special and caring community and this organization is an example of that generosity.”


At far l. seen with volunteers at the Greek American Homeowners Association headquarters on Thanksgiving Day are Consul of Greece Evangelos Kyriakopoulos (l.), Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and (second from r.) District Leader Costa Constantinides. At far l. seen with volunteers at the Greek American Homeowners Association headquarters on Thanksgiving Day are Consul of Greece Evangelos Kyriakopoulos (l.), Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and (second from r.) District Leader Costa Constantinides. Many philanthropic private citizens and local businesses contributed including Chef Rocco Sacramone of Trattoria L’incontro, who donated 120 raw turkeys each weighing 10 to 12 pounds.

Lefkos Pirgos Bakeries donated desserts and many local diners donated three to six cooked turkeys each.

The event was made possible by Honorary GAHOA President and Chairman George Alexiou and major contributor George Fakiris. An additional 1,000 meals were bagged and delivered to those who could not make it.


Residents of Astoria and Long Island City including the elderly, the underprivileged and even the homeless attended the GAHOA Thanksgiving dinner. Residents of Astoria and Long Island City including the elderly, the underprivileged and even the homeless attended the GAHOA Thanksgiving dinner. Many elected officials also attended including

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