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AHI Hosts Philadelphia Phillies "Greek Heritage Night"

The American Hellenic Institute is sponsoring "Greek Heritage Night" at the Philadelphia Phillies, next Wednesday, May 28th.

The Pennsylvania baseball team is hosting the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. "Greek Heritage Night" includes a special welcome, a ceremonial first ball, and a two minute pre-game video showcasing Greece.

The Greek event also includes the Philly Phanatic costumed as an Evzone, that will lead Upper Darby Hellenic dance troupe Pegasus Dancers, from St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, onto the field during the 5th or 7th inning. During the ballgame, a food stand has been designated to offer Greek cuisine.

The American Hellenic Institute in association with the Philadelphia Phillies, has organized two radio interviews for Ambassador of Greece to the U.S. Christos Panagopoulos, on Philadelphia morning programs. The broadcasts are part of "Greek Heritage Night". Ambassador Panagopoulos will also throw the game's ceremonial first pitch.

AHI President Nick Larigakis described: "We thank the Phillies' staff, including Director of Publicity John Brazer, for their assistance with securing the interviews for the ambassador...The community has demonstrated strong support for this event, which is clearly evident by the high volume of tickets already sold. A few tickets remain. It's a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate pride in our heritage at a widely-attended event. It promises to be an exciting evening in celebration of Greek heritage."

More than 1,000 Greek-Americans and Greeks are expected to attend the sporting match and express their ethnic pride from the stadium! For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: http://mlb.mlb.com/phi/ticketing/group/splash.jsp?loc=greekheritage.