New Building Committee
More Than Bricks and Mortar - A Foundation of Faith For Our Future

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Race Street, Charleston. South Carolina

Philoxenia MARCH 2017


                                                                                                                                             Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity
                                                                                                                                              30 Race Street  Charleston, South Carolina                                                                                                                                                                                                           843-577-2063                                                                                                                                                  



by Dinos Liollio
NBC and Steering Committee Member

As stewards of our wonderful Holy Trinity Church, we are on the cusp of building a greater future for our children and future generations as we move closer to our goal of realizing our new Hellenic Center and Social Hall. Imagine having a Social Hall that will seat 400 people served by a new commercial kitchen, a separate dining area that seats comfortably 30 people for small gatherings, new classrooms that will serve multiple functions, new restrooms on each floor, and a facility that will serve all the ministries of our church.
Here is where we are to date:
Pledge goal = $3 million.
To date, pledges total $2.3 million, representing 76% of our goal.
These pledges represent 55 families out of 300+ Holy Trinity families.
Only 18% of our families have made pledges.
Think of our success if 80% of our church families pledge funds toward our goal.
Due to the drawn out process of securing appointments with each parish member, it has become imperative that we request each parish member not to wait for a member of the Steering Committee to approach you. This is everyone’s responsibility to make this happen. Find a Steering Committee member (list below) and discuss your pledge amount with them and make your pledge TODAY!
Jimmie Gianoukos, Chairman
Father Ari
Bill Frehse
Dinos Liollio
Nick Clekis
Jimmy Palassis
Nicholas Palassis
Elaina Palassis
Pano Kordonis
Joey Hammond
Brent Jonas
Susan Zakis


New Building Committee

Updates from the last meeting of the New Building Committee held December 13, 2017, are highlighted below.

Westside Neighborhood Association: The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is now a member of our Neighborhood Association. In October, Dinos Liollio and Father Ari presented a broad concept as to our future building program, which was warmly received. Fr. Ari also attended the November meeting as a representative of the Church and also the Christmas party, where he was asked to offer the invocation.

New Building Investment Fund: At the direction of the New Building Committee and Parish Council, the funds earmarked and pledges received for the New Hellenic Center and Social Hall have been placed in an investment account with Prudential Investments.

Johns Island Property: Thanks to the pro bono efforts of Attorney Constantine Manos the parish was able to secure the portion of the James Island property that was in question as to ownership. To date, the entire acreage is now recorded as owned by Holy Trinity. Thanks also go to Jimmy Palassis, who was instrumental during this process to see it completed.

Commitments to Date: Jim Bush of the Winkler Group attended the December 13 meeting as his last meeting as Holy Trinity’s consultant in the campaign process. As a token of appreciation he was presented with a copy of Popular Greek Recipes. The Winkler report showed that total commitments as of December 13, 2017, were $2,201,100 given by 49 donors. There are 9 parishioners pending decisions, more “asks” scheduled by the Steering Committee, and a total of 64 personal “asks” still to be made.

Philoptochos Donation: Phyllis Gates, president of Philoptochos, was present at the meeting to present a check to the Building Fund from the proceeds of the Rummage Sale and the Silent Auction, which totaled $16,445.69. Philoptochos received a round of applause and much appreciation. This donation is in addition to the $30,000 previously committed pledge to be made over three years’ time, half of which has already been paid. Including the proceeds already given by Philoptochos from the previous rummage sale, this puts the total donation over $50,000.