Bay Area: 25th Annual Remembering Home Banquet
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Join IOCC to celebrate our 25th Anniversary and honor Father Thomas Paris, a retired priest of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, with the Good Samaritan Award.
The Good Samaritan Award is offered in appreciation for helping to realize the vision of IOCC to respond, without discrimination, to those who are suffering and in need, to enable them to continue to improve their own lives and communities, and to have means to live with dignity, respect, and hope. Father Thomas Paris, or Father Tom, as he is known, is the 13th recipient of the award, which has recognized the service of parishes and groups, as well as individuals.
Father Tom was instrumental in establishing the IOCC San Francisco Metropolitan Committee, an Orthodox group of volunteers from various local parishes who joined forces in October 1992 to support the nascent organization with grassroots-level fundraising and awareness efforts. At the time, he was priest of Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland, and it was Father Tom’s initiative that brought together area clergy and lay leaders to form the committee—one of just a handful of IOCC Metropolitan Committees across the nation to celebrate their 25 anniversary in 2017, along with IOCC itself.