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Greek Women's Organization Holds Luncheon, Bake Sale for Charity

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Sarah Davis has been volunteering at the annual sale for 64 years. Sarah Davis has been volunteering at the annual sale for 64 years.

By: Jennifer Brehm

Thursday was Columbia's chance to stock up on delicious Greek food.

St. Katherine's Ladies Philoptochos Society hosted its annual luncheon and bake sale at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

This was the 64th straight year for the sale. It's run completely by volunteers and all of the money raised goes straight to charity.

Preparation for the bake sale began back in January.

Sarah Davis has volunteered for the society all 64 years and she said a lot has changed since then.

"We would charge people 50 cents and we thought we were making a lot of money," Davis said. "And then we started have bake sales at some of the grocery stores."

Whether you like souvlaki, baklava, or a simple Greek salad, there were plenty of options. And all for reasonable prices. One of the most expensive items was a huge layered carrot cake for $30, which one volunteer said is still a steal.

Last year the society sold over 1,600 lunches raising more than $10,000.

Event coordinator Kiki Rothman said St. Katherine's is one of the largest all female philanthropy groups in the country. They support many different charities from cancer research to UNICEF.

"Our mission is to raise money and to help the hungry, the poor, and the desolate," Rothman said.

In the past, the society has donated the leftover food to local charities, but lately the food has been so popular, there hasn't been any leftovers.

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