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Serbian Greek Music Night — June 18, 2011

Sasha Vujacic Helps Raise Funds for Orange Coun­ty Parish

Sasha Vujacic, of the Los Ange­les Lak­ers bas­ket­ball team, attend­ed the Pan-Ortho­dox Friend­ship Night, host­ed by Nativ­i­ty of the Most Holy Theotokos Ser­bian Ortho­dox Church in Orange Coun­ty on Novem­ber 7, 2009.

His will­ing­ness to gen­er­ous­ly share his time, sign auto­graphs, take pho­tos and donate auc­tion items, includ­ing a bas­ket­ball signed by all mem­bers of the team and a pair of his ten­nis shoes, sig­nif­i­cant­ly con­tributed to the enjoy­ment of all those present and to the suc­cess of the event held at St. John Greek Ortho­dox Church in Ana­heim. An addi­tion­al attrac­tion for which the Ser­bian parish is most grate­ful was Maria Sharapova’s dona­tion of an auto­graphed ten­nis rack­et which was a high­ly sought-after auc­tion item.

Estab­lished orig­i­nal­ly by the parish­ioners of the Ser­bian Ortho­dox Church in Orange Coun­ty as a way to thank the Greek com­mu­ni­ty for its cen­turies-old love and sup­port, this Friend­ship Night has been expand­ed to include all Ortho­dox Chris­tians and friends.

Now a tra­di­tion in Orange Coun­ty, the evening offers both an oppor­tu­ni­ty for inter-Ortho­dox fel­low­ship and fundrais­ing for the Ser­bian parish which is striv­ing to buy prop­er­ty and build a reli­gious and cul­tur­al center.

Adults and chil­dren num­ber­ing near­ly 300, some com­ing from as far away as Fres­no to see their favorite Lak­er, enjoyed tra­di­tion­al Ser­bian and Greek style bar­be­cue din­ner and pas­tries pre­pared by the ded­i­cat­ed and hard­work­ing ladies and men of the Ser­bian parish.

To add to the fes­tiv­i­ties, Ser­bian and Greek bands played live­ly music as many of those present par­tic­i­pat­ed in the tra­di­tion­al cir­cle dances of both cul­tures. Adults and chil­dren alike lined up to be per­son­al­ly greet­ed by the Lak­ers star who spent two hours warm­ly wel­com­ing each individual.

Before the evening’s events con­clud­ed, with yet anoth­er ges­ture of love and ded­i­ca­tion, Sasha thanked every­one for com­ing and invit­ed them to return next year when he will again be present.

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