NEIGHBOURHOOD CHALLENGE — Sunday October 20

NCE 9

NCE9: Greek Town

NCE9 location

Location

Eastern & Broadview Aves., at 35k

Features

Live Greek music and dancing, colour and spectacle! One of the most passionate cheering centres on the course! Fundraising for several local Greek charities.

Cheer runners from:

10:30am to 2:55pm

NC9 Charities and Sponsoring Groups

On this page:

Neighbourhood Champion: Ben Kaplan

Ben Kaplan

Running for The Greek Orthodox Community of Mississauga and Prophet Elias Church

Ben Kaplan is a writer, runner and happily married man, celebrating his fourth anniversary this fall to Julie Tsatsaronis, beautiful daughter of the president of Prophet Elias church. Originally from New York and practicing healthy living in downtown Toronto, Kaplan writes for the National Post newspaper about popular culture, and spends all his free time writing unfortunately ignored Hollywood scripts. This will be his third time running the Scotiabank marathon and he hopes to finish in under 3-hours and 10-minutes, or else just in enough time to make it home for something to eat.

Please put a pledge on Ben, TODAY, for The Greek Orthodox Community of Mississauga and Prophet Elias Church!

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Neighbourhood Champion: Eleftheria Tsatsaronis

Eleftheria Tsatsaronis

Running for The Greek Orthodox Community of Mississauga and Prophet Elias Church

Dr. Eleftheria Tsatsaronis was born in Raftanai, Ioanninon, Greece. She obtained her medical degree in Colonia, Germany in June 1968. She then returned to write her medical exams in order for her to practice in Greece. Her two year apprenticeship was completed in Ramia, Arta. She then came to Toronto, Canada in October 1970 to write a mandatory exam in order to complete her internship and residency. She became a licensed doctor in 1974 and then proceeded to open up her own practice. As a devoted doctor, wife and mother she has been married to a wonderful man by the name of Dimitri Tsatsaronis since 1970. Has three beautiful daughters, Jayne, Maria and Julie and three loving grandchildren, Jacob, Dimitri and Esmene. Even with a busy practice she still finds time to enjoy her hobbies which are reading, walking and cooking.

Please put a pledge on Eleftheria, TODAY, for The Greek Orthodox Community of Mississauga and Prophet Elias Church!

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Neighbourhood Champion: Stelios Mina

Stelios Mina

Running for The Greek Orthodox Community of Mississauga and Prophet Elias Church

My name is Stelios Mina and I'm 58 years old. Several years ago I decided to start walking long distances in order to stay healthy and active. I soon realized that I could also use my walking as a way to raise much needed funds for the Church and the Greek Community of Mississauga. Despite a series of injuries to my feet, knees, and back, I continued to persevere. Every Sunday morning I walk/run from my home in Brampton to Church in Mississauga. It has been an incredible experience for me. I would like to extend my appreciation to the community for giving me the opportunity to give back and be a service to others.

Please put a pledge on Stelios, TODAY, for The Greek Orthodox Community of Mississauga and Prophet Elias Church!

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Neighbourhood Champion: Helen Kostopoulos

Helen Kostopoulos

Running for The Greek Orthodox Community of Mississauga and Prophet Elias Church

Helen Kostopoulos is participating in the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon for the first time. She has been working with Royal Lepage for over 20 years. She has two children, a son and a daughter, and is a proud grandmother of triplets, with another grandchild on the way. Her husband George has always stood by his wife and her career and they are both dedicated supporters of the Greek Orthodox Community of Mississauga. She has helped and been there for many people to satisfy their housing needs.

Please put a pledge on Helen, TODAY, for The Greek Orthodox Community of Mississauga and Prophet Elias Church!

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Neighbourhood Champion: Jim Zaharopoulos

Running for the Greek Orthodox Community of Markham, Saints Panteleimon, Anna and Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church

Jim Zaharopoulos

My name is Jim Zaharopoulos. I am a father of 3 precious angels and a mechanic in the Markham area. I currently reside in Aurora with my family. In the past few years, I have taken up marathon running with my family and it has been a life changing experience. Not only does running have many health benefits, it is also a great way for me to give back to my community by raising awareness and funds for some great causes. I look forward to participating in the Toronto Marathon on behalf of St Panteleimon.

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Neighbourhood Champion: Lia Zaharopoulos

Running for the Greek Orthodox Community of Markham, Saints Panteleimon, Anna and Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church

Lia Zaharopoulos

My name is Lia Zaharopoulos. I am a mother of 3 and a teacher and currently reside in Aurora, though I grew up in Markham. Growing up, I was heavily involved with sports and keeping active. Over the past few years, I have taken up marathon running with other members of my family, specifically my father, brother and husband. It is so wonderful to take part in an activity that I love while raising funds and awareness for great causes. I hope that it can teach my children that if God bless them with being "able", then they should help those who are "not able" in any way they can. I look forward to participating in the Toronto Marathon on behalf of St Panteleimon Church!

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Neighbourhood Champion: Jim Anastasiadis

Jim Anastasiadis

Running for the Hellenic Hope Center for Persons with Special Needs.

I am running to raise funds for the Hellenic Hope Center for Persons with Special Needs, of which I am the President of the Board. I have been involved in many community organizations and various charities for many years. The Hope Center is a great cause that holds a special place in my heart and that of my family. Putting smiles on the participants faces and helping our brothers and sisters in need is very rewarding. Canada has afforded me an opportunity to be of service to others since my arrival 49 years ago, and that is my passion. I strongly believe that "service to others is the rent we must pay for our room here on earth." I am very fortunate to have a supportive family and two very healthy sons, one who is a professional hockey coach and another who is an aspiring vocalist and musician studying at NYU. The best gift I can leave for my children is to teach them to have empathy for their fellow man. This is another small way of giving back to my community and to those in need. Congratulations and good luck to everyone participating in this event.

Please put a pledge on Jim, TODAY, for the Hellenic Hope Center for Persons with Special Needs!

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Neighbourhood Champion: Sotirios Chortogiannos

Sotiri Chortogiannos

Running for the Greek Orthodox Community of Markham, Saints Panteleimon, Anna and Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church.

I was born in Greece and moved to Canada at a young age. This change made me realize, the place you live, beliefs and your surroundings have such a great affect on you. I have consistently worked hard in my life helping my parents with the family business. Working with my parents I have learned many values from them. Some of which are determination and self discipline. This has allowed me to recognize the importance of staying fit, going to college, and earning my Real Estate License as I am currently part of the Toronto Real-Estate Board. I believe a small amount of people can make a big change in this world and all I want is the best for our community where we live and for everyone to have access to all the facilities they desire. This is why I constantly contribute my time to improve our community positively and therefore will be participating in the Scotiabank Marathon to raise money for the Greek Orthodox Community of Markham (York Region), Sts. Panteleimon, Anna & Paraskevi. Please donate to help in the completion of this church. Thank you so much!

Please put a pledge on Sotirios, TODAY, for the Greek Orthodox Community of Markham, Saints Panteleimon, Anna and Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church!

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Neighbourhood Champion: Mano Sigalas

Running for the Greek Orthodox Community of Markham, Saints Panteleimon, Anna and Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church.

My name is Mano Sigalas. I currently reside in Toronto, however I grew up in Markham. Being active has always been a big part of my life. I have taken up running and cycling in the last few years and have become passionate about it. I find it especially rewarding when I can be involved in events that raise awareness or funds for great causes.

I look forward to participating in the Toronto Marathon on behalf of St Panteleimon!

Please put a pledge on Mano, TODAY, for the Greek Orthodox Community of Markham, Saints Panteleimon, Anna and Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church!

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Neighbourhood Champion: Soultana Manziaris

Soultana Manziaris

Running for the Hellenic Home for the Aged.

Soultana Manziaris is participating in the ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon to show her appreciation to the Hellenic Home of the Aged. Her sister Marika is a resident at the Hellenic Home and is so very grateful for all the great care her sister is receiving from all the wonderful care givers at the Home.

Please put a pledge on Soultana, TODAY, for the Hellenic Home for the Aged!

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Neighbourhood Champion: James Karas

James Karas

Running for the Hellenic Home for the Aged.

James Karas is a lawyer and writer. He is President of Pride Pak Canada Ltd. He also reviews theatre and opera and writes about cultural matters. He has done extensive volunteer work for over forty years.

Please put a pledge on James, TODAY, for the Hellenic Home for the Aged!

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Neighbourhood Champion: Irene Keroglidis

Irene Keroglidis

Running for the Hellenic Home for the Aged.

Please put a pledge on Irene, TODAY, for the Hellenic Home for the Aged!

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Neighbourhood Champion: John Fanaras

John Fanaras

Running for the Hellenic Home for the Aged.

Please put a pledge on John, TODAY, for the Hellenic Home for the Aged!

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Neighbourhood Charities & Sponsoring Groups:
Hellenic Hope Centre; The Greek Orthodox Community of Mississauga; the Greek Orthodox Community of Markham; The Hellenic Hope Center for Persons with Special Needs; and Hellenic Home for the Aged

http://www.visitgreece.gr/

Hellenic Hope Center for Persons with Special Needs

Hellenic Hope Centre

The Hellenic Hope Center for Persons with Special Needs is a centre that provides a day program for anyone over the age of 18. Currently we serve 30 participants with both mental and physical disabilities. Our participants have a place where they can spend their day doing different activities and learning life and social skills. Some of the activities at the centre include swimming, bowling, shopping, cooking, day trips, working with computers, arts & crafts and educational training. We have a staff of 5 full time and 2 part time employees, as well as many community volunteers. Some added service we provide is a Saturday respite program, and parent and peer support groups. Our centre was established in 1999 by several mothers of children with special needs. We have a board of directors that consists of various community leaders, that are passionate about the centre and the people we serve. We do not get much government funding for our programs and rely heavily on our fundraising events and efforts of the community.

The Greek Orthodox Community of Mississauga and Prophet Elias Church

The Greek Orthodox Community of Mississauga and Prophet Elias Church

STRENGTHENING OUR COMMUNITY — BUILDING OUR FUTURE

The Greek Orthodox Community of Mississauga and Prophet Elias Church have flourished to a pillar of Hellenism over the last 24 years in Mississauga and its surrounding areas. The organization is governed by our Board of Directors which consists of 11 members. Under the spiritual leadership and guidance of Father Peter Mentis, we offer many programs and ministries which are focused towards our youth and young adults who will be the future leaders of our community. The philanthropic group of the organization known as “Philoptochos Society” reaches out to the sick and needy at home, in hospitals, nursing homes, shelters, the Hellenic Home for the Aged, St. John's Mission, the Patriarchal Orphanage and the relief in Haiti. Both the Philoptochos and Sunday School sponsor children in the Philippines through Greek Orthodox Missions.

Our parish and community have hosted many events that have catered to thousands of people and raised thousands of dollars. As we continue to grow our fund raising initiatives we are one of many groups championing the Waterfront Marathon. You can help by supporting our runners through your pledges. Together/Stronger

Greek Orthodox Community of Markham, Saints Panteleimon, Anna and Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church

Greek Orthodox Community of Markham

Support your community: Join your colleagues and friends in the Scotiabank Toronto Marathon Group Neighbourhood Challenge!

On October 16, 2011, run or walk to give back to the Greek Orthodox Community of Markham and help us to continue to build, grow and offer the best community programs we can. By raising money and completing the 5K, Half-Marathon or Waterfront Marathon you will:

Come and join us in reach our goals by being a part of our running team! If you have any questions contact our office at (905) 887-7311.

Hellenic Home for the Aged

Hellenic Home - Hellenic Care

www.hellenichome.org

Our driving force is the welfare of our seniors. The Hellenic Home for the Aged is a not for profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional quality care and services to the seniors in our community that enhance their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. By staying at the forefront of our community's ever-changing needs, our service is second-to-none. Our seniors live in a nurturing environment that respects, enhances and promotes their dignity, independence and happiness. The Home offers a unique cultural setting — one that is proud to recognize the customs and traditions of our residents who are of a predominantly Greek ethnic background — but with a long-standing commitment to provide for the needs of individuals from diverse backgrounds.

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NCE9 Sponsors 2013

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Entertainment features 2013:

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Access/parking

Coming soon.


NCE9 is supported by Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30)

Ward 30 profile (City of Toronto)

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