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AHI Hosts "Today Show" Producer Dorie Klissas At Hellenic House Fundraising Event
June 29, 2001 No. 35/01 (202) 785-8430

AHI Hosts "Today Show" Producer Dorie Klissas At Hellenic House Fundraising Event

On Sunday, June 3, 2001, the American Hellenic Institute's (AHI) Cincinnati Chapter hosted a reception to garner additional support for the AHI Hellenic House. The special guest for the evening was Dorie Klissas, producer at the NBC "Today Show" and an AHI member. The event was hosted by AHI members Tom and Joanna Caneris at their home in Cincinnati, OH.

Welcoming guests was AHI Cincinnati Chapter president Kiki Christofield.Providing an update on the progress made in raising funds for Hellenic House was AHI Executive Director, Nick Larigakis. Ms. Klissas followed with a discussion of her experiences working at the "Today Show" and her career overall. For the past six years, she has covered news, sports, entertainment, medical issues and human interest stories for the program. Ms. Klissas recently returned from Greece where anchor Matt Lauer appeared for the "Where in the World is Matt?" tour. In fact, she was responsible for first bringing the "Today Show" to Greece in 1997 for this tour. Interestingly, several years ago Ms. Klissas obtained the professional lead to her current job through another AHI member that she met at an AHI Business Network event.

Special thanks goes out to the event chairpersons, Kiki Christofield and Tom and Joanna Caneris. Committee members included: Mr. and Mrs. Tom Barnhart; Mr.Alexander Christoforidis; Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Christopoulos; Mr. and Mrs. Gus Geogostathis; Mr. and Mrs. George Grammas; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Grammas; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Grammas; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Grammas; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Henry; Mr. John Kanelos; Drs. George and Litsa Kranias; Mr. and Mrs. James Lagos; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lagos; Mr. and Mrs. George Makris; Dr. and Mrs. John S. Myseros; Mr. and Mrs. Steve Papakirk; Dr. and Mrs. John Semertzides; Mr. and Mrs. Van Spanos; Mr. Panayiotes Smirniotis; Mr. and Mrs. Randy Stanifer; Mr. Louis N. Strike; Dr. and Mrs.Eleftherios Traiforos; Dr. and Mrs. Theodore Vernardakis; and Dr. and Mrs.Mark Zigoris.

All proceeds for the event were donated in support of the AHI Hellenic House. For additional information regarding the fundraiser or the AHI in general, please contact Chrysoula Economopoulos at (202) 785-8430 or, and visit our Web site at