St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral will present Christmas Under the Stars at the Coral Gables Museum, on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 10 p.m.
Attendees will be able to experience the holiday-inspired environment as they give back to support the charitable ventures of the cathedral, using the funds to continue to increase their community outreach initiatives.
“St. Sophia is very involved in the local community and we are continually wanting to increase our community outreach,” said event co-chair Helen Gonzalez- Braswell. “Christmas Under the Stars is completely open to the public. We are excited to bring a joyous and festive dinner to the local community. Our incredible food and beverage sponsors (Ergon Greek Deli & Cuisine, Russian Standard, and Wynwood Brewing Company) are making this possible.”
Accompanied by the soothing sounds of a band and caroling children, dinner will be served in the loggia and courtyard of the Coral Gables Museum.
The next part of the night is the silent auction, a notable feature that is looking to give away items from several statewide and local hotspots. For guests looking forward to some of the more exotic prizes from sponsors: a ski home in Colorado, Mandarin Oriental, Biltmore Hotel, Adrienne Arsht Center, national and local artists, alongside many others, the Cathedral is proud to include some of the most prestigious items around Miami, such as:
• A one week stay in a Colorado luxury vacation home;
• Artwork by the late renowned Italian artist Pino Daeni;
• A gym membership at The Biltmore;
• Brunch at La Mar located in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel; • A champagne spa party;
• Four tickets to The Adrienne Arscht Ballet; • College application assistance with award-winning writers at The Write Essay, and • Happy hour for 10 people at Season’s 52.
Outside of the event, St. Sophia stands as an important part of the South Florida community that works to give back to every facet and individual since their inception, especially with its committed and hardworking committee.
The committee, comprised of dedicated volunteers co-chairs Dorothea Lantz, Helen Braswell Kakouris, and members Marina Angleton, Sheila Callesis, Alex Gonzalez- Kakouris, Meena Savvides and Lillian Sagebien, makes great strides to ensure the success and community involvement in the Christmas Under the Stars Event working hard by promoting and enhancing the Cathedral for generations to come:
“St. Sophia has been an integral part of our South Florida community for over 70 years. Throughout that time, we have worked tirelessly to provide various types of aid to those who are most in need,” said co-chair Dorothea Lantz.
“Christmas Under the Stars…a night at the Coral Gables Museum has given us the opportunity to express our gratitude for the support we have received throughout the years.
Many members of the church look forward to the event, such as Father Spiro D. Bobotas, dean of the Saint Sophia Cathedral; committee co-chairs Helen Braswell Kakouris and Dorothea Lantz, members Marina Angleton and Sheila Callesis.