Hayley Sofarnos to compete in the Women's Lacrosse World Cup

Newport co-captain, Hayley Sofarnos, will don the green and gold jersey for the first time in ten years as part of the national squad that will compete at the Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in England in July 2017. The last time Hayley represented Australia on the internationalstage, she was just sixteen, and it was the
Under-Nineteen World Cup back in 2007. Hayley is the daughter of John and Sue Sofarnos who is a former national lacrosse team coach and will be a Team Analyst at this year’s Lacrosse World Cup.

Sue and Haley Sofarnos Sue is pictured with Hayley (left) at the World Championship Dinner, held in Adelaide, where they received their team blazers.


Nick Sofarnos and Christina Barcham are very proud of the achievements of their granddaughter Hayley and their daughter-in-law Sue.

Georgia McDonald Performs at the Sydney Opera House

On the 26 of May, at the Sydney Opera House, Georgia McDonald, one third of Melbourne band Camp Cope performed in two sell out shows for the Vivid Sydney festival of light, music and ideas. Georgia McDonald is the daughter of Anna Paxinos and the late Hugh McDonald and the granddaughter of Georgia and Peter Paxinos.

This popular festival has grown into the largest of its kind in the world. It is famous for its cutting edge contemporary music program, some of the world’s most important creative industry forums and an outdoor ‘gallery’ of extraordinary lighting sculptures including the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.

Camp Cope, an alternative indie rock band, was formed in 2015 and the group consists of Georgia ‘Maq’ McDonald singer and guitarist, bass player Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich, and drummer Sara ‘Thommo’ Thompson. The performance was reviewed in an article that appeared on the Moshcam Newsletter.

Photo by Daniel Boud

IPS donates $10,000 to the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal

Thanks to the generosity of our members at the recent Royal Children's Hospital fundraiser and a further contribution from the Society, the IPS presented a $10,000 cheque to the RCH Good Friday appeal headquarters at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on live TV.

Our President, Anthony Drakopoulos, said on TV that "The Ithacan Philanthropic Society has raised more than $100,000 since the Society was established". 

It was a capacity crowd at the  Society’s recent Good Friday Appeal Fundraiser with approximately $5,000 raised through door sales, donations, the raffle and rovani sales. We thank all our members who contributed to the fundraiser for their generosity.

Pictured at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre are from leftback row: Dennis Katsamas, IPS President Anthony Drakopoulos, Liza Drake and her husband Alex Techera, Anthony and Joshua Drake, Kristalenia Collins, Priscilla Binos, Vicky Kapourelakos, Simon Tripatzis, Chris Kapourelakos, Bessie Tripatzis and Maritsa Tripatzis. Holding the cheque are Anthony's granddaughters Luca and Zara Techera.

IPS contributes $5,000 towards our first Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

At the clubrooms on Thursday 25 May, the inaugural Australia's Biggest Morning Tea was held together with a session of Bingo to raise funds for the Cancer Council. The clubrooms were filled to capacity with the regular Bingo ladies, plus familiar Ithacan faces and our friends from AHEPA to support this great cause. All of those who attended enjoyed an assortment of homemade sweets including delicious cakes, scones and sausage rolls. Marina Megalogenis even brought some of her famous Rovani which was offered for purchase to raise additional funds. Needless to say, it was snapped up immediately.

We are delighted to announce, that on the day we raised close to $2,500 and the Ithacan Philanthropic Society contributed additional funds to bring the total contribution to $5,000 - a tremendous effort.

We thank Anna Vlass for her initiative to host this worthwhile and successful event, to Loula Koutsouvelis for her assistance with Bingo and to everyone who helped with the organisation both leading up to Australia's Biggest Morning Tea and on the day.

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