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Philadelphia Greek Independence Parade Organizers Honor AHI
February 28, 2012—No. 14 (202) 785-8430

Philadelphia Greek Independence Parade Organizers Honor AHI

WASHINGTON, DC — The 2012 Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade presented by the Federation of Hellenic-American Societies of Philadelphia and the Greater Delaware Valley will honor the American Hellenic Institute (AHI), the first time an institution has received such an honor by the Federation. The parade will be held Sunday, March 18, 2012, 2 p.m.

In addition, AHI Foundation (AHIF) President Dr. Spiros Spireas will be the Grand Marshall, which is the highest honor afforded by the Federation and is given in appreciation of one’s works as a prominent businessperson and efforts on behalf of the Greek American community, Metropolis, and unwavering support of Hellenic issues. AHI Founder Eugene Rossides and AHI President Nick Larigakis have been unanimously selected Honorary Marshalls.

According to the Federation’s announcement, its goal is to highlight the good works of AHI and to encourage others to support the Institute. “The best part of our efforts as a Federation is to highlight and promote Hellenism in the Philadelphia area,” said Federation Board of Trustees Chairman George Horiates, Esq. “It is a lifelong labor of love. This is the first time that AHI is being honored in this fashion. It is a tribute to the man behind the title, a tribute to Mssrs. Larigakis and Rossides , and indeed a tribute to the American Hellenic Institute.”

“AHI and the AHI Foundation are honored to be recognized in this esteemed manner by the organizers of the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “On behalf of AHI Founder Gene Rossides and AHI Foundation President Dr. Spiros Spireas, and me, we thank the Federation, its chairman, George Horiates, and its president, Dimitrios Rozanitis, for selecting us as Marshalls and for recognizing the contributions of AHI and Dr. Spireas to the community. We look forward to celebrating the 191st anniversary of Greek Independence with the community of Philadelphia and the tri-state area.”

The American Hellenic Institute is a non-profit Greek American public policy center that works to strengthen relations between the United States and Greece and Cyprus, and within the Greek American community.


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