All Saints Philoptochos Hosts “Pasta and Prayers” for Ukraine Relief Fund, Raising Over $5,000 | News, Sports, Jobs


SPECIAL EVENT – Involved in the Philoptochos Society of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church’s “Pasta and Prayers” effort to benefit the Ukrainian War Relief Fund which raised over $5,000 were, front row, from left, Nick Tranto, Pearl Tranto, Violeta Turianyn, Natalia Turianyn, Vasyl Turianyn, Mika Turianyn, John Greco, Sue Greco, and Mayor Harold Miller; and back row, second row: City Manager Mike Adams, Mark Zilich, Tammie Zilich, Alex Weld, Dr. Manuel Ballas and Sen. W.Va. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke. — Contributed

WEIRTON – The Society of Ladies Philoptochos of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church of Weirton sponsored a March 20 fundraiser for the Ukrainian War Relief Fund, an event held in conjunction with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the National Philoptochos and international Orthodox Christian charities.

the “Pasta and Prayers” effort raised over $5,000.

A lunch of pastas, salads, fruit and desserts was held after church services at Hellenic Memorial Hall on West Street.

The room was decorated with Ukrainian flags and sunflowers, the national flower of Ukraine.

Special guests were Vasyl and Natalia Turianyn from Ukraine. Five years ago, the couple and their then 4-year-old daughter won a lottery granting them a visa to immigrate to the United States. Once in Weirton, the priest of the Byzantine Catholic Church at the time, the Reverend Vasyl Symyon, asked John and Sue Greco if they would sponsor the couple by providing temporary accommodation for “two weeks.”

They agreed and later Vasyl and Natalia and their daughters, Violeta, now 9, and Mika, 1, were moved into a house owned by the Grecos and have been living there ever since. Greco shared that the Turianyns are now “part of the family.”

Vasyl, a skilled craftsman, has now started his own construction business which includes renovation, painting and various other projects.

As keynote speakers, the couple spoke passionately about their homeland, the friends and family they left behind, and the war that began on February 24.

Every day, they said, they anxiously await news of loved ones left behind in Ukraine, and they continue to watch news reports about the destruction of their homeland.

Their daughter, Violeta, a student at St. Joseph the Worker in Weirton, also spoke, ending her speech with, “I love my mom and my dad. And I love America.

The Turianyns said they were grateful to be in the United States and looked forward to one day becoming American citizens.

The Ukrainian people are in desperate need of basic necessities such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies, the event stressed.

Anyone wishing to help support this war relief effort can always send checks to Philoptochos, PO Box 128, West Street, Weirton, WV 26062, with “Ukraine” in the memo or call the All Saints office at (304) 797-9884.

“We thank everyone who has donated and offered their support,” noted a spokesperson. “Our prayers are with the Ukrainian people whose spirit will never be broken.”

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