Marathoner Raises Funds for St. Basil Academy

Father was president there for 10 years

When the New York City Marathon kicks off on Sunday, Nov. 6, there will be one runner among the 50,000 international participants with an eye on Garrison. Andrew Gounardes is running his first marathon to benefit St. Basil Academy, a home for at-risk students run by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese where his father served as president for 10 years.

“When I was growing up I spent a lot of time making friends with the kids at St. Basil,” Gounardes said. “I also worked with the school to renovate and reorganize their library as my Eagle Scout project years ago, so I’m very connected.” The Brooklyn resident, who had a goal of $2,500, has so far raised more than $4,000. Donations can be made at

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