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Letter from Iveron Foundation SF Bay Area Fund Raising Committee
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
Over seven years ago, a miracle occurred in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, in Honolulu, Hawaii – a copy of the Holy Iveron Icon of our Virgin Mother of Montreal started to produce Holy Myrrh.   Since that time, the keeper of the Holy Iveron Icon of our Virgin Mother of Hawaii, Subdeacon Nectarios has traveled the world sharing this amazing miracle.  So many believers (and former non-believers) have been healed both physically and spiritually. Information about this Holy Icon can be found by clicking on www.orthodoxhawaii.org.
At this time, with the blessing of His Beatitude Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, Spiritual Director of the OHIIA Iveron Foundation, local parishes are working in harmony to put together a fundraiser to build a home for the Panayia’s Icon in Hawaii. The initial plans are to purchase land and to build a church dedicated to the Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Mother of God.   Following the completion of the church, quarters for visiting clergy and a small monastic complex with rooms for visitors are in the plans.  The initial goal for this first phase is $5 Million.
Icon Hawaii Parish Building
The present church location is located in an industrial area; previously it was an auto body shop.  The first level is currently rented by the church  and has approximately 800 square feet. The Second level is occupied by a licensed massage therapist.  The Miracleworking Iveron Icon is not kept at this location due to security concerns, the Holy Icon is kept off-site at a private home chapel.  Once the new facility is built, the Holy Icon will take permanent residence in the memorial chapel.  Yet, from time to time, still travel to various churches and monasteries bringing the grace of Our Lord and His holy Mother to those not able to make a pilgrimage to The Islands.
Our Mother, the Virgin Mary, has given all of us so much to be thankful for and it is our turn to honor Her by building this church and complex.
The first fundraising banquet, a luncheon organized by local San Francisco Bay Area Orthodox churches (Arabic, Greek, Romanian and Russian) will be held on:
Saturday, May 2nd
11:30 am Service of Supplication & Anointing
12:30 pm Appetizers        
at the
Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross
900 Alameda de Las Pulgas in Belmont
We invite you to join us for a blessed afternoon and for a wonderful cause.  The suggested donation per person is $50 per person.
To receive your e-ticket and to pay using Pay Pal, visit: www.Iveron.info.
or contact any of the following people for paper tickets (cash or check):
Fr. Peter Salmas 650-591-4447
Maria Anagnostos 408-316-6609
Georgette Isied 408-406-3546
John & Camelia Toma 510-432-3769
Elizabeth Purdy 206-931-5649 (SF)
Or you may also mail a check (payable to OHIIA) to Maria Anagnostos (address below) and upon receiving your check; she will mail you your ticket(s).
In order to reach the initial goal, we are asking all of you to make an effort to come to the banquet and support it.  In addition, if possible, to consider making a generous donation.   If you are not able to attend but would like to make a donation, you can visit www.Iveron.info and pay by using Pay Pal or you can mail your check donation payable to Orthodox Hawaiian Iveron Icon Association (OHIIA) and mail it to:
Maria Anagnostos
4001 Ross Park Drive
San Jose, CA  95118
Thank you for attending and for your generosity.
With God’s blessing,
The 2015 Iveron Foundation SF Bay Area Fund Raising Committee:
Fr. Peter Salmas, Greek Orthodox Church of Holy Cross
Fr. Moheen Hanna, Santa Cruz
Fr. Giris Hanna, St. James Orthodox Church, Milpitas
Fr. Octavian Mahler, Resurrection Romanian Orthodox Church, Hayward
Fr. Dimitri Jakimowicz, St. Herman’s Russian Orthodox Church, Sunnyvale
Fr. Florin Lapustea, Holy Cross Romanian Orthodox Church, San Jose
Dcn. Joseph Kawar, St. James Orthodox Church, Milpitas
Maria Anagnostos, St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church, San Jose