(from left to right) Rev. Protopresbyter Nicholas Petropoulakos, Presvytera Patricia Petropoulakos, Toula Lellos, and Assemblywoman Malliotakis.
Yesterday, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) presented Assembly citations to Presvytera Patricia Petropoulakos and Toula Lellos, in recognition of their service to Staten Island’s Greek-American community, during her annual Greek Independence Day celebration at Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Staten Island. The 196th Anniversary of Greece’s independence from the Ottoman Empire will be formally celebrated on March 25th.
Presvytera Patricia Petropoulakos, wife of Holy Trinity Pastor Father Nick, was honored for her involvement in the Greek American community. Whether it is parish organizations, philanthropic activities, participation in the annual Greek festivals, bake sales, and so much more, “Presvytera Pat” has always been involved in some way.
Toula Lellos was born in Greece, came to the United States as a young woman, and married her husband, Athanasios. She raised three children, Vicky, Jimmy and Teddy and has 9 grandchildren (soon she will be a great-grandmother too). She currently serves as Holy Trinity’s church chanter, is involved in numerous activies and volunteers as a cook for the annual Greek Festival.
“The United States and Greece have a long-standing friendship dating back to when the United States gave Greece a military ship and its quest for freedom from the Ottoman Empire. This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the Truman Doctrine which supported Greece with military and financial assistance in the fight against communism. It is fitting that we recognize and celebrate our long-standing relationship by honoring members of our Greek American community. Both Presvytera Pat and Toula are very deserving and exemplify the wonderful contributions Greek Americans have made,” said Assemblywoman Malliotakis.