Think Christmas, as in Bazaar!

The next Christmas bazaar committee meeting is set for Thursday, October 5th at Noon.

Plan on attending if you are interested in participating in the AWOG Christmas Bazaar set for 

Sunday. November 26th at the Athens War Museum.

We will review our progress through the summer months on craft projects, operations as well as lottery ticket sales and donations.


2016 AWOG Christmas Bazaar

Athens WAR Museum

Wednesday, November 30th 2016

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AWOG Christmas Bazaar 2016

Well, the weather outside was frightful

But the bazaar was so delightful!

Gale force winds, freezing temps and shards of rain

Didn’t stop the Holiday Cheer at the 2016 AWOG Christmas Bazaar.

The festivities got a jovial jumpstart with the official opening by US Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt and our Honorary President, Mary Pyatt. Many thanks to generous sponsors who continue to give to AWOG so that we can give back to the community.  Kudos to our volunteers—both members and friends of AWOG—putting in long hours to make the bazaar a success. And the biggest thank you to the bazaar patrons, shopping to support our charities.  On page 4 are the listings of the winning names and numbers from the Grand Lottery. 

Our charities took in 1400 Euros in Sales.  AWOG’s net was approximately 3500 Euros. In all, we totaled almost 5000 Euros. At the Ledra in 2015 we netted 9000 Euros.  So, although the numbers were down, we did well—on a weekday, with the first winter storm and a partial transportation strike. And with the scramble for a venue in mid-summer that Co-Chair Jane Bizos faced, after the Ledra closed, we were fortunate that she was able to secure a venue to put on a bazaar in an easily accessible Athens location. Members worked together as a team in good spirits. The War Museum is a good venue in terms of space and location; the Board has already officially applied to reserve the space for next year on the last Sunday in November. There are also tentative plans to include American staples of food such as Chili, always a big hit, as well as a few other classics to boost sales and satiate patriotic holiday appetites! If you are interested in helping out for next year’s bazaar a meeting will be held in late March. Watch the Bulletin/Face Book/Google Bulletin Board/Area Rep Announcements for the date.  At the January Board meeting the budget for 2017 will be considered with close scrutiny as a percentage of the net from the bazaar will be allocated for our charities and scholarship.

A big round of applause to Co-Chairs Jane Bizos and Bessie Sioutas.

Robin Hionis and the beautiful bakers provided gorgeous and delicious treats

Katerina Anagnostopoulou with her sensational stiches

Anna Goumelios and her creative baskets and crafts

And general thanks to Voula Anagnostopoulou, Elayne Moiesy, Sophie Berry

Pelagia Karra and Maria Psarianou for being clothing countesses

Alex Spengler and Beryl Thompson were our ladies of linen

Jane Niotis and the Papagou Team for colorful creations

Anna Vlagopoulou was the queen of hearts overseeing the Heart Pillow Project display

Grand Lottery Team for talking numbers

Mary Economopoulou for her helpful coordination

Many thanks to the man in red, aka Nick Bessis, for suiting up as Santa

Katerina Sirouni, Aphrodite Kaklamani and Mary Latsey beaming at the Beauty Bar

Pam Papageorge, Natasha Papageorge and Georgia Marketsis for giving all to the Gift Table

Angela Varras was a super salesman at the Kids Korner, taking an occasional break!

Team Tombola was on a real roll with Bernadine Tzouros, Maria Stamatiou Ioannou, Barbara Pateras and Argyro Anagnostopoulou

Bookies Angelique Hatziantoniou, Virginia Tsekiris and Lydia Manoulidiou turned the tomes

Yvonne Mortier provided the beautiful graphics posted around the bazaar

John Aliferis and Kathy Chrisovergis CARRIED us ALL the WAY once again!!

George Bizos once again provided music for us to sing and dance to throughout the day

Many thanks to the man in red, aka Nick Bessis, for suiting up as Santa

John Buchan, Clown extraordinaire

Last but not least –Our Charities: Floga, Foivi, Kivotos tou Kosmou, Merimnis Anilikon, Argo, Agios Christoforos, O Kalos Samaritis and Friends of Ag. Anargyroi Oncology Hospital.

“Kai Tou Xronou” may we find ourselves gathered TO GIVE again!



2015 AWOG Christmas Bazaar at the Athens LEDRA Hotel


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