On Sunday, June 22, St. Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral hosted a luncheon to benefit IOCC's flood relief efforts in the Balkans. The sold-out event with 300 guests featured a beautiful lunch, silent auction, folk song and dance performances, as well as a classical guitar performance.
The Very Reverend Nicholas Ceko, Cathedral Dean, and Christopher Nikchevich, Executive Board President, welcomed the group, and Mark Gruin, IOCC Director of Strategic Initiatives, offered a presentation and update about the Balkan floods.
Honorary celebrity hosts included Sasha Alexander, Edoardo Ponti, and Stana Katic, who was unable to attend but sent a video message to the attendees.
Thank you to the Fr. Nicholas Ceko and the entire St. Steven's community for all of your hard work in making this event possible!
Photo caption: Actress Sasha Alexander, IOCC Director of Strategic Initiatives Mark Gruin and IOCC Board Member Jasmina Boulanger with a pair of hand-made shoes from Ethiopia that are made-to-order for people afflicted with podoconiosis. The shoes were presented to Sasha Alexander at an event to raise support for flood relief in Serbia and Bosnia in recognition of her support for the program to eradicate podoconiosis in Ethiopia and her steadfast support for the mission of IOCC.