Thankful for community support

To the Editor,

On behalf of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, the Rev. Frank Milanese, our faithful volunteers, parishioners and parish council, we wish to extend our sincerest and most heartfelt thanks to the entire Weirton and surrounding communities for their patronage at our 32nd-annual Weirton Greek Festival. The Greek Festival has become an annual destination event for our community and All Saints is extremely grateful and honored for the tremendous community support. We truly are blessed!

Despite heavy rains on opening day and high heat, our faithful patrons once again continued coming in large numbers to enjoy homemade gourmet ethnic foods, delicious Greek pastries and our famous Super Gyros. Our own youth provided entertainment as the “Aegean Dancers” danced with authentic costumes and native Greek dance. We are very proud of our youth for their service to the church and for carrying on important traditions in honoring their immigrant roots.

The success of this three-day festival allows All Saints to continue its many charitable ministries, invest in the downtown neighborhood, which we are proud residents, and to showcase our Byzantine style historic Orthodox Church.

Once again, All Saints donated enough fresh food and produce to the Table of Hope to help feed folks for two days, and donated boxes of fresh produce to the Community Bread Basket. All Saints will also donate proceeds to local organizations who help shelter, clothe and feed local city residents. We couldn’t do this without community support and we are thankful for your patronage.

We extend special thanks to Weirton Mayor’s office, street and maintenance crews, our city police for traffic control and security, the Chamber of Commerce, our Advertisers and Sponsors, our downtown neighborhood businesses who graciously allowed our patrons to park in their lots, to WTOV and WTRF TV, 106.3 The River, and The Weirton Daily Times staff for their terrific coverage and support.

Most of all we want to thank the citizens of Weirton and surrounding communities for your patronage. The Greeks have a word “Philoxenia” which means enter a stranger, leave as a friend. We are so fortunate to have so many “friends” like you. With sincere thanks and gratitude.

In appreciation,

Nick Tranto

Chair, Weirton Greek Festival 2019

President All Saints Parish Council

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