The 77th Novogodny Ball was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill NJ on Sunday, January 19th. This semi-formal event brings together several hundred people annually for dinner, and dancing to the music of the Kauriga Orchestra. The Novogodny Ball is sponsored by St. Stephen’s Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America (FOCA) Chapter 82. Proceeds for this year’s Ball are benefitting the St. Tikhon’s Married Student Housing!
Fr. Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon’s Seminary attended the Novogodny Ball dinner and dance with his wife Matushka Cindy. During dinner he had opportunity to talk with Fr. Victor Gorodenchuk, Dean of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and director of the Philadelphia-area Deacon formation program. Fr. Steven also met Dn. George Zlatkowski from St. Stephen’s later during the dance. Fr. Daniel Kovalak and Mat. Myra were also at the dance as a number of their parishioners attended. Many parishioners came from the Baltimore area as well. As the dance got underway Paul Fedoronko, Master of Ceremonies, invited Fr. Steven to address the group. Fr. Steven thanked FOCA and those gathered for their generosity in supporting married students in attending St. Tikhon’s Seminary.
During the course of the evening Fr. Steven had opportunity to also meet Larry Skvir, one of the Novogodny Ball organizers. They both in fact share having been altar servers for Archpriest Nicholas Timpko. Larry shared that the FOCA Chapter and those with them have divided up the responsibilities for the evening to ensure that everything went according to plan. This included several food stations where those dancing could have something to eat and a table of raffle items to aid in raising funds for the chapter’s charitable outreach. At 11pm, balloons were dropped amidst all the children attending the event.
Fr. Steven shared that “The evening was quite enjoyable and that it was evident to all that a great amount of care and planning went into making this event possible. This was a wonderful evening of fellowship benefitting our St. Tikhon’s married student housing!”