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AUG 2014
Golf Tournaments, Bidding Farewell

Dear Readers:

It’s that time of the year again when the tradition of golf tournaments continues in many communities. Depending where you live, the weather is certainly always a consideration. The St. George, Palm Desert community held their tournament in January. Southern California’s Saint Nicholas, Northridge hosted its event in April, Saint Anthony Pasadena in May, and Saint Sophia, Los Angeles in June. In Northern California, Resurrection in Castro Valley also held their tournament in June.

This month, we share the inspirational story and philanthropy from the Spectrum Open which is held in Fircrest, WA, along with a list of additional upcoming tournaments – all benefiting worthy causes. For you golf aficionados, I recommend that you turn to page 6, mark your calendars, and then promptly make your golf reservations.

As the term of Los Angeles Consul General Elizabeth Fotiadou comes to an end this month and she moves on to Bejing, China with her husband Dr. Vasili Verdoukas, Southern California columnist Mavis Manus offers a special salute in her honor. Please see page 10 for a taste of the Consul General’s impact and appreciation of her service.

Next month, the HJ features its 2014-2015 family of supporters on the cover. To join our HJ family, please see the adjacent page with all of the information. Efharisto!




Spectrum Open established in 2005 to fight cancer

The Spectrum Open golf tournament was conceived to aid in the fight against cancer and to help alleviate the struggles of the patient’s journey by providing equipment, research, and treatment through the Pano Koumantaros Cancer Research Fund.

Panayotis “Pano” Koumantaros immigrated to the United States in 1970, settled in Tacoma, WA, became a successful business owner, and experienced the American Dream. Unfortunately Pano lost his life to bladder cancer in 2005. An endowment fund was then established in his memory in 2006. Monitored by the Franciscan Foundation, each year this golf tournament and dinner are held in Pano’s memory. 

“This year we are planning to hit another milestone – our first $200,000 golf tournament,” says Maria J. Koumantaros, Panos’ widow and Director of Practice Management at Spectrum Pension Consultants.

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