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AHI Holds 13th Annual Golf Classic; Panel Discussion on Sports Held
October 31, 2016—No. 49 (202) 785-8430

AHI Holds 13th Annual Golf Classic; Panel Discussion on Sports Held

WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted its Thirteenth Annual Golf Classic at Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, Va., Oct. 17, 2016.  Fifty-eight golfers participated. Celebrity appearances were made by: Christine Brennan, journalist, USA Today, Jim Daopoulos, ESPN rules analyst and former NFL official; and Dickie Noles, employee assistance professional for the Philadelphia Phillies and former MLB pitcher, who appeared at a morning sports panel to discuss current events and issues affecting the sporting world.  The Tournament Sponsor was Calamos Investments, which was represented by Yanni Sianis, vice president, Global Business Development, who offered a greeting. Peter Bota served as Tournament Chairman.

“We are very pleased that our Annual Golf Classic continues to grow each year,” President Nick Larigakis said.  “We hope to be able to continue to build on this success.  We are also grateful to our organizers, our generous sponsors, and golfers who took the time to support AHI.”

The first-place team was comprised of: John Blazer, Tommy Greene, Nick Chimicles, and Yanni Sianis. Second place honors went to: Chris Christou, Trey Hardin, Allen Lyvbinsky, and Jeffery Magoon. The third-place team included: Peter Marketos, Michael Wagner, Jason Lewis, and George Sifakis.  Hardin earned Closest to the Pin honors and Longest Drive went to Dickie Noles.

Larigakis added, “We especially appreciate the support of tournament sponsor Calamos Investments under the leadership of CEO John Calamos; and the participation of Christine Brennan, Jim Daopoulos, and Dickie Noles, who took the time from their busy schedules to present an enjoyable panel discussion.”

In addition, Larigakis expressed appreciation to Tournament Chair Peter Bota.

Additional sponsors included: Hole Sponsors –Atlanta Bread Company, Bailey’s Crossroads Auto Body, Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery, Capital Hilton, Circle Management Company, Courembis Companies & Courembis Law, Cyprus Air, Heating & Cooling, Giorgio’s Family Restaurant, James H. Lagos Company, Inc., LaMer Beachfront Inn, Market Development Group, Metro29, National Hellenic Society, Seasons Pizza, The Italian Place, Tysons Corner McLean Hilton, and USL Financials Inc. Registration Sponsors – Gold Crust Bakery Golf Cart Sponsors – Chimicles & Tikellis LLP, Don and Maria Wills, and Lou and Helen Nicozisis Gift Bag Sponsors – Atlantic Bank, Calamos Investments, Demitrios Halakos, Donmar Heating and Cooling Company, the Philadelphia Phillies, Vasili’s Kitchen Fresh Mediterranean.

Golf Participants

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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