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The Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation will host its Second Annual Dance Party and Make A Difference Awards on Wednesday,June 15th from 6-10 at the Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester, NY. Each year the organization unites over 50,000 children and adults across the country to do good deeds – a project that was inspired by the children’s book, Loukoumi’s Good Deeds narrated on CD by Jennifer Aniston – and at the upcoming event The Foundation will honor many of those kids and organizations that inspired others to make a difference.

The organization will also be honoring Elena Kampouris, star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 with a Make A Difference Award for her work with Autism Speaks, and James Orphanides, President of Centurion Holdings LLC, with our Inspiration Award for inspiring others through his philanthropic and business endeavors. Special guests will include FOX-5 News Anchor Ernie Anastos, WITs Academy TV star Timothy Colombos and others.

The Dance Party will also feature a DJ, great food and drinks for all ages and a visit from Loukoumi. A Dream Day silent auction will feature items from the set of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 signed by its stars Nia Vardalos and John Corbett, a private cooking lesson with Celebrity Chef Maria Loi, a tasting menu for 6 at her restaurant Loi Estiatorio, a trip to Aruba, tickets to the Mets and Yankees, a limited edition NY Giants football signed by the 2015 team, an Actor’s Garage acting lesson with coach Ann Graf followed by lunch with Timothy Colombos, restaurant certificates, gift baskets and more.

Plus The Loukoumi Foundation will be awarding one child in attendance with their career Dream Day! To enter send, your child’s cell phone video, 30 seconds or less, to Loukoumi by May 30 saying what they want to be when they grow up and why. Past winners of the Loukoumi Dream Day contest have watched s spaceship land on Mars from NASA, played soccer with the NY Red Bulls, cooked with celebrity chefs Cat Cora and Michael Psilakis, spent the day with the NYPD, Rachael Ray, the NY Giants, meteorologist Nick Gregory in the FOX-5 weather center and with their favorite actress, Nathalia Ramos, at Lincoln Center.

All proceeds from the June 15th event will benefit the Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that teaches children to follow Loukoumi’s lead and to make a positive difference in their lives and the lives of others.  For a complete list of Make A Difference Award honorees pleases below and for tickets (from $75) and information visit

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  • James Orphanides – Inspiration Award
  • Elena Kampouris, – My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
  • The just keep livin’ Foundation – This Foundation founded by Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey participated in Make A Difference with Loukoumi Day. Students at Reagan High School in Austin Texas volunteered at Hope Fest where they led an aerobics class and served food to participants. Volunteers at Amino LA South High School also participated as 50 students and 4 adults volunteered at the Compton Courthouse by cleaning up the neighborhood
  • The Philoptochos: Church of Our Saviour Rye, NY – On make A Difference Day this chapter sponsored an event in support of our Veterans and assembled care baskets, for Veterans transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing, adorned with original artwork and caring cards from the children of the community
  • Holy Trinity Church, New Rochelle, NY – The Church rallied the entire community and had a clothing, canned food and book drive. They also hosted an end of the day party at the church where children showcased their good deed projects.
  • Fordham University’s Up ‘til Dawn Chapter -This club which benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital invited The Loukoumi Foundation to a Fordham Football game where the Foundation presented hundreds of caring cards and $1 symbolic donations from several area schools for St. Jude
  • The William Spyropoulos School – The school organized a Coat Drive for NY Cares on Make A Difference with Loukoumi Day
  • The Joey Foundation – Lead by Founder Ann Torcivia, she held a safety program for kids at the Massapequa Train station and also collected toiletries for Bethany House during the town’s Trunk of Treat event.
  • The Eastchester Goodie Girls – This inspiring group of girls hold bake sales to raise money for their favorite charities
  • Lionel Li – Instead of accepting his original wish from the Make A Wish Foundation, which was a trip to Disneyland Paris, Lionel changed his wish and based on his experiences asked Make-A-Wish to donate $10,000 to the charity Friends of Karen
  • Sophia Lotto – This seventh grader at the Eastchester Middle School held a garage sale and donated the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Ava Tsapatsaris – Through her Relay for Life project, this Eastchester sixth grader has raised over $3,000 for the American Cancer Society
  • Caitlin Savitt and Jacob Naclerio – instead of receiving birthday gifts they asked guests at their parties to donate to their favorite charities


The Loukoumi Foundation unites over 50,000 children across the country on National Make A Difference Day as part of its annual Make A Difference With Loukoumi Project.  Loukoumi (the lamb character from the Loukoumi children’s book series) and author Nick Katsoris also embark on a school bus filled with children and supporters that day, uniting many of the participating organizations by visiting their good deed events. Make A Difference with Loukoumi is part of National Make A Difference Day sponsored annually by USA Weekend Magazine.  The day unites over 3 million Americans each year.  The Make A Difference With Loukoumi project is the recipient of a 2014 USA Weekend National Make A Difference Award.

Since 2009, Loukoumi has rallied thousands of children to make a difference in their own special way on one day. The project started with the release of the book, Loukoumi’s Good Deeds (Narrated on CD by Jennifer Aniston), which teaches children the importance of doing good deeds. “It was really special to narrate “Loukoumi’s Good Deeds” on CD,” says Jennifer Aniston, “not only because of how inspirational it is for kids, but because it was an opportunity to work with my Dad. I also loved that it was supporting a personal cause of mine, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I am thrilled that the Loukoumi books are continuing to make a difference in the lives of children through this wonderful Make A Difference Day program.”  

The Loukoumi Foundation also united many organizations under its Make A Difference umbrella, who partook in various projects throughout the country including: The National Philoptochos Society, Kiwanis, Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center, Matthew McConaughey’s Just Keep Livin’ Foundation, Chefs for Humanity, The Joey Foundation, EIMAI Center for Emerging Young Leaders, The Westchester Children’s Museum, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, The Houston Food Bank, St. Basil’s Academy, Fordham University’s Up ‘til Dawn Club, and schools nationwide including The Anne Hutchinson School in Eastchester, The Chapel School in Bronxville, The William Spyropoulos School in Flushing and many others.

According to Loukoumi Foundation President Nick Katsoris, “The beauty of this project is that it encourages children to make a difference in their own special way, through projects that they enjoy, benefitting charities and organizations that mean something to them.”

            An exhibit titled Make A Difference with Loukoumi is being developed at the Westchester Children’s Museum in Rye, NY.  The Foundation also aired a TV Special by the same name on FOX stations across the country in 2014.  For more on Make A Difference with Loukoumi please visit:

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