Celebrate 100 years with us

The Ithacan Philanthropic Society is proud to announce the following events in 2016. We encourage you to join in the celebrations. For all event enquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0413 412 181.

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Centenary Opening

‘Celebrating our Founders’

On Sunday 6 March, the Ithacan Philanthropic Society launched its centenary celebrations by paying tribute to the life and achievements of its founding President A J J Lucas with a documentary and a retrospective exhibition. The opening, held at the Melbourne Town Hall, also included a moving commemorative presentation to past presidents of the Society since A J J  Lucas.

The afternoon’s Master of Ceremonies, Angela Pippos, being of Ithacan descent herself, added a humorous and spontaneous touch to the afternoon’s proceedings.

The documentary on A J J Lucas’ life, beautifully shot and directed by his great grand-daughter, Katrina Lucas, was definitely a highlight of the opening. To many of us in the audience, it was also a history lesson about the life of a penniless migrant who became one of the most successful businessmen in Melbourne, running high-end cafes in the city; commissioning the famed architect, Walter Burley Griffin, to design the Capital Theatre on Swanston Street; founded the Ithacan Philanthropic Society; co-founded the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and became an important philanthropist.

The Society would like to acknowledge and congratulate the wonderful work of Andrew and Kay Raftopoulos, convenors of the opening, who worked tirelessly for years on this labour of love, with meticulous attention to detail, to ensure our Centenary Opening, will be remembered for a long time to come.

For photos of the Centenary Opening, click here.



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Centenary Publication


The long and rich, social history of the Ithacan community in Melbourne is comprehensively covered in this impressive 384 page volume, eloquently written by George Paxinos and stunningly designed by James Raftopoulos, both members of our Society.

THE ITHACANS is available for purchase for $50.


If you wish to purchase a copy/ies of THE ITHACANS, books will be available for purchase at our upcoming functions including the:

  1. Children's Christmas Party on 4/12 and 
  2. Members' Christmas Luncheon at Merrimu Receptions on 18/12

Alternatively, you can order your copy/ies of THE ITHACANS by completing the ORDER FORM, indicating your preferred method of payment and collection.

Join us for an unforgettable evening of celebration to mark 100 years of the
Ithacan Philanthropic Society

at the

Centenary Gala Ball

Saturday 22 October 2016

MCG Members Dining Room at 7.00pm

$180 per person ($160 per person under 21)

Please note that the Ball is now sold out. 

Billed as the pinnacle social event of the year, the Centenary Gala Ball will be a night of celebration at Melbourne’s iconic MCG Members Dining Room with great food, music and entertainment.

Dress: Formal

Entertainment by Strofes Band / Silent Auction / Fantastic lucky ticket prizes to  be won including:
One return trip to Europe donated by Spiros Alysandratos Consolidated Travel*
Two $500 travel vouchers donated by Hello World, Oakleigh and Penny Stansfield TravelManagers*

*Terms & Conditions apply


Please make sure you allow for Melbourne’s Saturday evening traffic to ensure you arrive at the MCG before 7.00 pm.

We recommend car-pooling or even taxi or Uber so you can relax and enjoy the night.

Drop off is at the corner of Jolimont Street and Jolimont Terrace. The entrance to the venue from the concourse is Gate 2 near Tower 6 - view MCG map. Guests’ names will be checked on entry to Gate 2. The Members Dining Room is on level 2 – please take the lift or escalator.


· MCG carpark – limited parking available. Enter from ENTRANCE A, Brunton Avenue (left hand turn only into car park from Brunton Avenue). Take lifts 5, 6 or 7 to venue from car park.
Note: Due to strict security names of all passengers will be checked on entry to the MCG carpark.

· Melbourne & Olympic Park Trust (MOPT) Eastern Carpark, Entrance D, Olympic Boulevard. The car park is connected to the MCG by a pedestrian over bridge. The following link will advise of parking availability and if it is a non-event day, parking can be booked in advance - https://prebook.mopt.vic.gov.au/#

· Pullman Hotel, Wellington Parade East Melbourne (formerly the Hilton). No online booking.

· City carparks and cab or public transport to the MCG.

Silent Auction

A Silent Auction will be held on the night to raise funds for the primary school in Northern Ithaca. We have some great items donated by businesses and friends of the Club. It’s a great opportunity to pick up some really exceptional gifts for yourself or friends and at the same time support a worthy cause.
Click here for more details of the auction and description of items.

After Party

For those who want to party on, Geremy and Dean Lucas are generously hosting a ‘Centenary’ After Party at the Spice Market, Grand Hyatt. The first 100 guests will get a complimentary drink.
RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Click here for more details.

Remember to bring along your ticket

Last, but not least – Remember to bring your ticket with you so you can be in the draw for one of three fabulous prizes:

· A return trip to Greece

· One of two $500 travel vouchers


We gratefully acknowledge the support of all our sponsors

 ELF  Delphi logo  Ellikon PRINT PEOPLE PLANET Logo CMYK         City of Melbourne logo stacked

  Merkon Test copy          Consolidated Travel        AndrewRaftopoulosIncorporated     KaliOrexi


Armadale Pharmacy - Gerald Galatis

Bagheera Enterprises - Andrew Black

Hello World Oakleigh

Joannides Funerals 

Kim Petalas

Penny Stansfield TravelManagers

Stradbroke Dental - Dr Anna Paxinos


A special thank you to all the businesses and friends of the Ithacan Philanthropic Society for their fantastic donations and support of our fundraiser. 

Andreas and Niki Anagnostou, Hotel Nostos, Frikes Ithaca

Debbie Argyropoulos

Bahari, The Hellenic Palate, Richmond

Kristalenia Collins

Fiorena Jewellery

Tony and Peter Giannakis

House of Pan, Brighton

Leonard Janiszewski and Effy Alexakis


Kali Orexi

George Keskerides, Terry White Chemist Camberwell

Locomojo Dancing Richmond

Geremy and Dean Lucas, Spice Market

Marc Newson

Odyssey Sea Taxi, Ithaca

Professor George Paxinos

Kim Petalas, Palace Cinemas

James Razos, Christiaan Georgio Melbourne Grand Hyatt

Darrin Smith and Anastasia Gabriel

Rena Varigos, Attico Clothing and Accessories


Immigration Museum Exhibition

Date: 19 November 2016 - 4 June 2017

Venue: Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne

The history and longevity of our Society captured the imagination of the exhibition directors and in a major coup for us, we will be holding an exhibition at the Immigration Museum of Victoria. This event promises to be a once in a lifetime opportunity for our Society to present its ‘Odyssey’ and showcase its contribution to our wonderful multi-cultural city of Melbourne and state of Victoria.

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