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AHI Hosts Eighth Annual Golf Classic; Panel Discussion on Sports Held Prior to Tournament
October 31, 2011—No. 73 (202) 785-8430

AHI Hosts Eighth Annual Golf Classic; Panel Discussion on Sports Held Prior to Tournament

WASHINGTON, DC — On October 17, 2011, the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted its Eighth Annual Golf Classic at Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, Va. Celebrity appearances were made by Larry Michael, Voice of the Washington Redskins, and Christine Brennan, sports columnist, USA Today, both of who appeared at a morning panel discussion about current events and issues affecting the sporting world. The Tournament Sponsor was Calamos Investments.

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

The first place team was comprised of: Peter Marketos, Michael Moore, Thomas Pellicane, and Duane Jahner. Second place honors went to: Michael Abbenante, Paul Hersh, Brigen Winters, and A.J. Leimenstoll. The third place team included: Roger Parks, George Sifakis, Kay Tyler, and Yianni Sianis.

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 and Larry Michael, who took the time from their busy schedules to present an enjoyable panel discussion. We also like to thank all those who donated gifts for the silent auction including, the McLean Hilton, Capital Hilton, The Tiny Jewel Box, Metro 29 Diner, and the Baltimore Orioles.”

Additional sponsors included: Hole Sponsors – Atlanta Bread Company Capital Hilton, Circle Management Company, Courembis Companies & Courembis Law, HSU Builders, LaMer Beachfront Inn, Market Development Group, Metro29, Michael Abbenante, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC; Public Sector Solutions, SigmaPharm Laboratories, TGS Epsilon, and Tysons Corner McLean Hilton. Registration Sponsors - Tyler Business Services, Inc. Golf Cart Sponsors - Axela Government Relations, Chimicles & Tikellis LLP. Welcome Gift Bags Sponsors - schererMedia.

In addition, Larigakis expressed appreciation to Tournament Chair Leon Andris and for the organizational effort of Golf Coordinator Taryn Sifakis.

2011 Golf Tourney Photos

The American Hellenic Institute is a 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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