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AHI-sponsored Greek Heritage Night at Phillies Game a Home Run
July 14, 2015—No. 38 (202) 785-8430

AHI-sponsored Greek Heritage Night at Phillies Game a Home Run

AHI President Throws Out First Pitch

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute-organized Second Annual Greek Heritage Night held in cooperation with Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies, June 17, 2015, at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pa., was a tremendous success. Approximately 700 persons attended from the Tri-State Philadelphia area and Baltimore to see the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Baltimore Orioles.

“On behalf of AHI, I sincerely thank the Philadelphia Phillies, especially the unbelievable unwavering effort of the Phillies’ Director of Publicity, John Brazer, without whose support the event could not have been a success,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “I am also deeply grateful to the Greek American communities of the Tri-State Philadelphia area and Baltimore who came out in droves to support Greek Heritage Night and proudly displayed their Hellenic pride.  Finally, the event could not have been a success without the incredible backing of certain individuals and entities that helped to promote it and to sell tickets.”

He added, “We continue to receive positive feedback about the event, and we will continue to work to see it grow every year.”

At the baseball game, Greek American Elena Stavrakas sang the National Anthem and AHI President Larigakis threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The popular Phillies mascot, The Phillie Phanatic, sported an Evzone costume.  During the middle of the fifth inning, The Phanatic led The Olympians, a Greek dance troupe under the direction of Betty Tsarouchis, from Saint Luke’s Greek Orthodox Church, Broomall, Pa., in Greek dancing.  A promotional video about Greece, made possible by the Press Office of the Embassy of Greece, was played on the ballpark's Jumbo-tron. Greek Heritage Night also featured a Greek food stand and even a wedding proposal captured on video by CosmosPhilly.

In Appreciation

AHI is grateful to the many individuals and entities that helped to make this event in a success. 

For assistance with ticket sales, marketing, and promotion from the Greek American community: Spiro Spireas and SigmaPharm Laboratories; Constantine Larigakis, George Tsetsekos, Paul Kotrotsios and Hellenic News of America; Nick Chimicles and Chimicles & Tikellis LLP; John Vasiliou and Astra Foods, Law Offices of George Horiates, The Olympians, Dimitrios Manetas and Town & Country Diner, Saint Luke’s Greek Orthodox Church, Broomall, Pa; and Sandy Nanos, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Elkins Park, Pa. 

Special acknowledgement and thanks goes to CosmosPhilly, Photographer Stellios Lambrou and Paul Kotrotsios and Hellenic News of America for their media coverage.

From The Philadelphia Phillies: John Brazer, director of Publicity; Vanessa Mapson, director, Group Sales; The Phillie Phanatic; and of course, The Philadelphia Phillies organization.

From the Greek Embassy in Washington, DC: Artemis Konti, Embassy of Greece’s Press Office; and Thanasis Diamontopoulos, IT department, Embassy of Greece, who helped to create the video promoting Greece.

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



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