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October 24, 2017—No. 42 (202) 785-8430

AHI Holds 14th Annual Golf Classic; Sports Panel Discussion Held 

WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted its Fourteenth Annual Golf Classic at Belle Haven Country Club, Alexandria, Va., Oct. 16, 2017.  Fifty-four golfers participated. Celebrity appearances were made by: Christine Brennan, journalist, USA Today, Jim Daopoulos, ESPN rules analyst and former NFL official; George Wallace, sports director, WTOP Radio; and Tommy Greene, the Comcast SportsNet pre- and postgame studio analyst for the Philadelphia Phillies and former MLB pitcher.  The Tournament Sponsor was Calamos Investments. Peter Bota served as Tournament Chairman.

“We are pleased our Annual Golf Classic reached a record number of registered golfers,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said.  “We hope to be able to continue to build on this success.  We are also grateful to our organizers, generous sponsors, and golfers who took the time to support AHI.”

The first-place team was comprised of: Chris Christou, James Tomaseski and Allen Lyubinsky. Second-place honors went to: Nick Chimicles, Jerry Couvaras and Tommy Greene. The third-place team included: George Sifakis, Peter Marketos, Michael Wagner, and Leif Ackerman.  Mike Wagner earned the Closest-to-the-Pin honors and Longest Drive went to James Tomaseski.

Larigakis added, “We especially appreciate the support of tournament sponsor, Calamos Investments, under the leadership of Chairman and Global CIO John Calamos; and the participation of Christine Brennan, Jim Daopoulos, George Wallace, and Tommy Greene, 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, Capital Hilton, Chimicles & Tikellis LLP, Circle Management Company, Courembis Companies & Courembis Law, Cyprus Air, Heating & Cooling; The Hellenic American National Council, Gold Crust Bakery, Giorgio’s Family Restaurant, James H. Lagos Company, Inc.; LaMer Beachfront Inn, Metro29, National Hellenic Society, Seasons Pizza, The Italian Place, Tysons Corner McLean Hilton, and USL Financials Inc. Registration Sponsors – Emirates Airline Golf Cart Sponsors – AHEPA Athletics, Athens Pizza, Group Z, and John Marshall Bank.

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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