WindyCity Greek’s Maria A. Karamitsos to MC PCA Gala 2018

PCA Winter Wonderland Gala 2018

A staunch advocate for Greek Orthodox Parochial Schools in America, Founder & Editor Maria A. Karamitsos will MC Pythagoras Children’s Academy’s Gala this February 10.

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Pythagoras Children’s Academy Gala 2018

Pythagoras Children’s Academy (PCA) is pleased to announce that Maria A. Karamitsos, Founder & Editor of the digital magazine WindyCity Greek, will serve as the mistress of ceremonies for its largest and most important fundraising event, the Winter Wonderland Gala. The event will take place on February 10, 2018 at the Fountain Blue Banquets in Des Plaines, IL.



Pythagoras School Board President Harry J. Fournier, Esq. spoke about the selection of this year’s MC.

“We’re thrilled to have Maria as our MC. Her children have attended PCA, so she knows firsthand what our school can do. She’s also served on our school board, and has always advocated for PCA. Maria truly believes in the merits and importance of Greek-American schools and has long been a strong voice for our schools. What better person to serve as mistress of ceremonies?”


Advocate for Greek Orthodox Parochial Schools in America

Passionate about the preservation of the Greek language, culture, and heritage, Maria is a staunch advocate for Greek Orthodox Parochial Schools and Greek education in America.

After years of negative press for Greece and people of Greek descent, in September 2015, Maria disrupted the traditional media model with the launch of WindyCity Greek. Highlighting the innovative Greek people, businesses, organizations, and happenings — here in Chicago and around the world — it’s a celebration of all things Greek. WindyCity Greek is read all over the globe. It’s quickly become the world’s source for positive Greek news.

For 10 years, Maria served as Associate Editor & Senior Writer for The Greek Star newspaper. She has contributed to three books: Greektown Chicago: Its History, Its Recipes; the premiere edition of Voices of Hellenism Literary Journal; and the Chicago Area Ethnic Handbook. Her work has been published in GreekCircle, The National Herald, GreekReporter, Harlots’ Sauce Radio, Women.Who.Write, KPHTH, and more. Active in Chicago’s Greek community for more than 20 years, she’s also a co-director of the Greek Media Club, and is media sector rep for Orthodox Christian Coalition for Healthy Youth (OCCHY).


Maria A. Karamitsos
WindyCity Greek’s Maria A. Karamitsos. IMAGE: ELIOS PHOTOGRAPHY


Maria previously served the Pythagoras School Board for 3-½ years. In addition to her duties as secretary, she directed the school’s marketing activities and launched its social media initiatives. Maria reflected on the invitation and about PCA.

“I’m thrilled to serve as MC for this important event. PCA is close to my heart. There, a tremendous foundation was forged for my children. They not only received the finest education, but firmly planted their roots in our Orthodox Faith and Hellenic Heritage. PCA was an extension of our home and family, where the values we uphold were reinforced. It’s a place where lifelong friendships were made — for our daughters, and for us as well. It’s truly a special place.”


About Pythagoras Children’s Academy

Pythagoras Children’s Academy at The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios in Elmhurst, IL opened its doors in 1998. Serving preschool through 5th grade, PCA is the only school of its kind in Chicago’s Western Suburbs. With the highest academic standards, children are nurtured at PCA in a family-oriented environment. In addition to a curriculum on par or exceeding Illinois State Standards, taught by certified instructors, the hallmark of the PCA experience is Greek language instruction, lessons in the Orthodox Faith, and the celebration of Greek heritage and traditions. For a well-rounded experience, students also partake in art, music, physical education, choir, after school clubs, and more. Entering its 20th year, PCA has educated more than a thousand young minds, cultivating the next generation of community leaders.

PCA Director Dina Jason explained the importance of this event.

“A successful gala is a blessing for PCA! All proceeds from the gala greatly benefit our beloved school. In previous years, gala proceeds have helped contribute to daily operating expenses, increasing teacher salaries, purchasing Chromebooks, and updating our curriculum. As we approach our 20th Anniversary, we need your support more than ever in order to continue to educate, nurture, and guide our students and to prepare them for college and career readiness. We hope to see you at our gala on February 10th!”


The Pythagoras Children’s Academy Winter Wonderland Gala will take place on February 10, 2018 at Fountain Blue Banquets, 2300 Mannheim Road in Des Plaines, IL.

Tickets are $100 for adults, $40 for kids. Come and cheer Maria on! Buy tickets here and become a sponsor. Support Greek Orthodox Parochial Schools in America!

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