Thank You for Making A Difference!
The Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation 
would like to thank everyone who supported our 
3rd Annual Loukoumi Dance Party and Make A Difference Awards
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Over 300 guests came together on June 23 to celebrate making a difference at the Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation's annual event honoring individuals and organizations that truly do make a difference. The Loukoumi Foundation also presented its Inspiration Award to TEGNA, the sponsors of National Make A Difference Day (pictured above left Meg Kennedy, Manager of the Tegna Foundation). "For over 20 years National Make A Difference Day has inspired millions of Americans to do good deeds and through this day TEGNA has also changed the lives of everyone in this room," said Foundation President Nick Katsoris to the crowd, "because TEGNA inspired us to start the Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation which now unites over 50,000 kids to make a difference with Loukoumi each year."  Katsoris and Guest host Elena Kampouris (top right: star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2Before I Fall, and Broadway's Les Liaisons Dangereuses) also awarded eight Make A Difference Awards and three new Dream Days. Details below.   - Photos by Jillian Nelson
 Special Thanks to:



 
 
LOUKOUMI'S GOOD DEED SPONSOR
  • The Psaros Family
 LOUKOUMI'S GIFT SPONSORS
  • Eileen Gill Franklin/George's Angels
  • First American Title Insurance Company of NY, Jeff Mitzner
FRIEND OF LOUKOUMI SPONSORS
  • Maria Loi/Loi Estiatorio
  • Paul & Kelly Lountzis
  • Jerry & Bessie Drenis 
  • Dr. & Mrs. Roy Vagelos
SPECIAL THANKS TO: 
  • Our wonderful Guest Host Elena Kampouris and Celebrity Chef Maria Loi
  • Jillian Nelson for her amazing photography
  • The Lotto Family, Enzo and Fleetwood Pastry Shop for donating Loukoumi's Birthday cake.
  • Deidre Robokos for donating the wine  
  • Columbia Florist and Georgia Poulos for all their help with the centerpieces
  • Milo Gift Shop and Maria Kalorides for the wonderful Loukoumi platters in the centerpieces www.milogiftshop.com.
  • The PTAs at The Anne Hutchinson School, Waverly, The William Spyropoulos School, the A. Fantis School, The Chapel School, Holy Cross Greek School, St. Demetrios School & Holy Trinity Sunday School. 
  • Our Silent Auction Donors: Loi Estiatorio and Maria Loi, Elena Kampouris, Tom & Rosemary DeJulio, Elia Taverna, Lieutenant Peter Hatzoglou and the NYPD, Timothy Colombos, The  Colombos  Family and Actor's Garage, Michael Naclerio and Ford Lincoln of Queens, Jeanne Kostiuk and Michelle Gordon, Friends Travel, Ann Torcivia and the Joey Foundation,   David Kelly & Carson Fox, Deidre Robokos , Melina Barker, Mamie Stathatos  Fulgieri , Vigorito , Barker, Porter & Patterson, Irene Xylas and  Marcie's Cookie Creations, Milo Gift Shop and Maria Kalorides, 'Cesca and Georgia Dumas, SuperGRTV, Walt Disney World, The NY Giants, The NY Jets, The NY Rangers,  Loukoumi Books,  Pinot's Palette and Dean & Julia Katsoris and to all our auction bidders!
  • Special thanks to our journal chair Paul Lountzis and all our journal ad participants.
  • Thanks to everyone at Mulino's at Lake Isle
  • Our great DJ Jason Campo and Dave Fuego 
  • Our Media Sponsor MEGA Cosmos
  • Special thanks to Paulie and Loukoumi

2017 Loukou mi Foundation Make A Difference Awards

THE OLD MILL ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MERRICK, NY
honored for hosting International Day of Happiness at their school & a 5k Walk for the Loukoumi Foundation

BUILDING HOPE: THE NEW YONKERS ANIMAL SHELTER
honored for making a difference every day!
THE PHILOPTOCHOS, GOYA, HOPE AND JOY AT THE ASSUMPTION 
GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH IN DANBURY, CT
honored for uniting their entire community in countless projects on Make A Difference Day
THE TINA DOUFEKIAS MAKE A DIFFERENCE AWARD PRESENTED TO THE ST. DEMETRIOS SCHOOL, ASTORIA, NY
honored for their work for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

THE HOLY CROSS TURKEY CREW, WHITESTONE, NY
honored for providing seven families with a very special Thanksgiving 

IRENE MARIS
 honored for her work with the 
National Arthritis Foundation

TOMMY DRENIS
honored  for his work with FARE: Food Allergy Research & Education

AVA TSAPATSARIS
LOUKOUMI ALL-STAR AWARD

 ALEXANDRA SAKALIS
honored for raising charitable funds through her read-a-thon
Ava Tsapatsaris presents a check to John Morytko of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital from her fundraising efforts.
LOUKOUMI DREAM DAY WINNERS!

"Believe in yourself and dreams come true!

Children from across the country entered our 2017 Loukoumi Dream Day Contest and we would like to congratulate Melina Kokkalas, Mara Cook and Lauren Berg as our latest Dream Day winners.  Melina wants to own her own restaurant when she grows up and open it to people that don't have money to eat, so Meina will spend the day at Jon Bon Jovi's JBJ Soul Kitchen, a restaurant that does exactly that! Mara wants to be a children's book illustrator and she will spend the day with reknowned illustrator Laura Knorr; and Lauren Berg, our Facebook Dream Day Contest winner, wants to be a chef when she grows up and she will get to spend the day with Celebrity Chef extraordinaire Maria Loi in the kitchen at Loi Estiatorio.

Loukoumi Dance Party Photos



 
by Jillian Nelson












   














  




















The Board of the Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation 
thanks you for making a difference!

THE LOUKOUMI MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOUNDATION
 

The Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation is a 501c3 non profit organization formed with the consent of the New York State Department of Education to teach children to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. For more on the Foundation visit: www.LoukoumiFoundation.org
 
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