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Ionian Village Opens Newly Renovated Camp Pool

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Jun 25, 2013

VARTHOLOMIO, Greece – The Ionian Village Summer Camping Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America opened and dedicated today, the newly renovated Camp Pool, funded by FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism.

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Fr. Evagoras Constantinides, the Director of Ionian Village, along with Camp clergy, officiated at the inauguration service of the Blessing of the waters (Agiasmos) and together with the campers and staff of this year’s first session, expressed their gratitude to the FAITH Endowment for its dedication, love and support of Ionian Village. Following the ceremony, the pool was opened for the first official free swim period, an Ionian Village tradition.

The renovation project began last summer when the initial design, and construction commenced in early December. It was all made possible through a generous $250,000 grant from the FAITH endowment. In addition to this pool renovation grant, since 2008, FAITH has worked hand in hand with Ionian Village to provide annual scholarships allowing campers to experience this life changing ministry for those who could not otherwise financially afford to go.

“The FAITH Endowment, and their love and dedication to Ionian Village ministry is very present here at camp. Each year I hear from campers that without the FAITH Scholarship, they would not be able to come to camp. Now, with this grant, this breathtaking Pool, the FAITH Endowment will leave a lasting impression on each and every one of our campers. Our campers never forget their experience at Ionian Village, and now, they will never forget the generosity of the FAITH Endowment as well. On behalf of all our campers and Staff, both present and future, we thank the FAITH Endowment from the bottom of our hearts,” remarked Fr. Evagoras.

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The new Ionian Village Pool is a modern, safe, self-maintaining system that will provide respite from the hot Grecian sun for the next generations of Ionian Village campers. It is fully outfitted with non-slip turquoise and blue ceramic tiles across the entire interior, a white marble lip around the exterior with an overflow basin, and an expanded and fully finished deck. The new Pool rests within the footprint of the original Pool, maintaining the traditional Olympic-size and shape. The outer edge of the pool measures 1 meter deep (approx. 3.3 feet) and in the center reaches 1.5 meters (approx. 5 feet). This allows the entire length of the Pool to be used for the annual Water Olympics and creates a much more usable Pool space.

For a gallery of photos from the opening of the new pool visit click HERE

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