The banquet dinner was hosted by the men’s organization of AHEPA, Daughter’s of Penelope #68, Young Adults League and the OCF of VCU. In attendance that evening were Maria Keritsis – Master of Ceremony and Parish Board President, Father Nicholas Bacalis, Fr. John Manuel, Fr. C.N. Dombalis – former Dean of the Cathedral, Fr. Robert Holet – St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Charlottesville, VA, Fr. David Arnold – St. Cyprian Orthodox Church, Richmond, VA (OCA), Fr. Michael Rustick – St. James Parish, Farmville, VA (ACROD), Fr. Alexander Shuter - Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church, Williamsburg, VA, Olena Boyko and members of the Tidewater Ukrainian Cultural Association as well as Mrs. Jackie Anas and Kathy Matthews – Governor and Lt. Governor for the Daughters of Penelope, 3rd District along with their spouses who came to give their support for this worthy cause.
His Grace Bishop Daniel saw and made history by coming to Richmond and has left a lasting impression on the Greek Orthodox community along with the stories of his ministry to the orphans with everyone that evening. The benefit concluded with the presentation of about $10000 to His Grace Bishop Daniel in order to benefit the UOC of the USA’s Orphanage Program.