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AHI, AHEPA Host Luncheon for New Greek Ambassador to U.S.
October 22, 2012—No. 69 (202) 785-8430

AHI, AHEPA Host Luncheon for New Greek Ambassador to U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) and the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) came together to host a luncheon welcoming Ambassador Christos Panagopoulos, ambassador of Greece to the United States, to Washington on October 17, 2012 at Kellari Restaurant in Washington, DC.

“It was beneficial for AHI and AHEPA to come together to formally welcome Ambassador Panagopoulos to Washington,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said.  “It provides the ambassador with the knowledge that the community is supportive of his mission in Washington going forward.  We wish Ambassador Panagopoulos the best in his new post.”

Representing AHI with President Larigakis were: Founder Eugene Rossides, Board Member and Legal Counsel Nicholas Karambelas, Esq., Board Member Leon Andris, AHI Members Ambassador Tom Korologos, former U.S. ambassador to Belgium; Paul Glastris, editor-in-chief, Washington Monthly; Tim Maniatis, executive director, National Hellenic Society; Paul Kotrosios, who is president of the Hellenic American National Council; John Courembis, Peter Bota, and AHI Legislative Assistant Georgea Polizos.  Many community leaders, including several clergymen from the Washington, DC area, were also in attendance.

Ambassador Panagopoulos presented his credentials to President Barack Obama on September 19, 2012.

The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA),, is the largest and oldest grassroots membership organization of Greek Americans and Philhellenes in the nation.

PR69 photoAHI Founder Gene Rossides, Ambassador of Greece to the U.S. Christos Panagopoulos, AHEPA Supreme President Dr. John Grossomanides and AHI President Nick Larigakis.

The American Hellenic Institute is an independent 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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