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AHI Hosts Fifth Annual Golf Tournament
October 21, 2008—No. 70 (202) 785-8430

AHI Hosts Fifth Annual Golf Tournament

WASHINGTON, DC—On October 17, 2008, the American Hellenic Institute hosted its Fifth Annual AHI Benefit Golf Tournament at the Greendale Golf Course in Alexandria, Virginia.  The event was very successful, and AHI is grateful to all of the sponsors and golfers who participated.

The winning team in the scramble format competition consisted of Patrick Bransford, Ray Vanags, Barry Hargreaves, and Jamie Dilla. Finishing in second place was the team of George Petros, Gus Scilaris, and Taki Papanicolas. Third place went to the team of George Sifakis, Kay Tyler, Thomas Pellicane, and Chris Hill. The longest drive went to Thomas Pellicane and the closest to the pin went to Nan Piao. All of the members of these winning teams were awarded trophies for their outstanding efforts.

Lending her support by coming out and participating again in this year’s golf tournament, as the “celebrity golfer,” was Christine Brennan, USA Today Sports Columnist.  This is Christine Brennan’s third appearance at the AHI golf tournament.

Christine Brennan, a USA Today columnist, has twice been named one of the nation’s top ten sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors.  She is also a commentator for ABC News, ESPN, and NPR.  Her national bestseller Inside Edge: A revealing Journey into the Secret World of Figure Skating was named one of the top 100 sports books of all time by Sports Illustrated.

AHI would like to thank all the generous sponsors of this tournament. They are: Tournament Co-Sponsor: Greek American Magazine, Hole Sponsors: Capital Hilton, DC, Chimicles & Tikellis LLP, PA, Circle Companies, DC, Courembis Commercial Real Estate Services, DC, Gene Rossides, DC, Lagos & Lagos PLL, OH, LaMer Motor Inn, NJ, Market Development Group, Inc., DC, schererMedia, VA, T.G.S. Petroleum, Inc., IL, Golf Cart Sponsors: Axela Government Relations LLC, DC, Michael N. Bapis, NY, Public Sector Solutions, VA, Sfikas & Karambelas, LLP, DC, The Hatcher Group, MD, Thornton Tomasetti, Registration Sponsors: NICO Properties Group, FL, and Stephen G. Yeonas Company, VA.

“We are pleased that our tournament continuous to grow each year.  We hope to be able to continue to build on this success and to improve it each year.  We are especially thankful to our ‘celebrity golfer’ Christine Brennan who took the time to join us again for this year’s event.  Her presence added greatly to the success of the event,” said AHI Executive Director Nick Larigakis.

Golfers of AHI's Fifth Annual Tournament.



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