Loukoumi children's book author Nick Katsoris is making kids dream careers come true on the nationally syndicated "Make A Difference with Loukoumi" television special this Fall.
It all kicks off at the Loukoumi and Friends Concert on June 23 at New York City's Scholastic Theatre featuring performamces by Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis, Grammy Winner Gloria Gaynor ("I Will Survive"), "Rock of Ages" Tony Nominee Constantine Maroulis, International Recording Artists Anna Vissi and Kalomira, news anchors Ernie Anastos and Alexis Christoforous, Actor Frank Dicopoulos and others.
Prior to attending the concert, children ages 5-14 are submitting videos explaining what they want to be when they grow up and one lucky winner will be selected that night to live their Dream Day in a segment on the Fall Television special.
The concert will benefit the Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation Katsoris created "to teach kids to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others." The Foundation has received the consent of the New York State Department of Education and its first project is the nationally syndicated television special based on the Loukoumi book series. The TV special, produced by IMG Productions, will air October 19-20. For more information on the concert and how kids can enter the Dream day contest visit www.Loukoumi.com.
Based on the award-winning Loukoumi series, Make a Difference with Loukoumi, will be a fun filled animated and live action special, that will entertain and encourage kids (and adults) to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.
Coinciding with USA Weekend's National Make a Difference Day (October 25th, 2014) and National Bullying Awareness Month, Make a Difference with Loukoumi, will feature animated segments from the award winning book Loukoumi and The Schoolyard Bully featuring the voices of Nia Vardalos and Morgan Freeman and Loukoumi's Good Deeds narrated by Jennifer Aniston.
Other segments will be modeled after the lessons in the books including: Making a difference and doing good deeds (Loukoumi's Good Deeds & Loukoumi's Gift), believing in yourself and following your career dreams where a child will live a day in their dream career (Growing Up With Loukoumi), a cooking segment (Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook) as well as bullying awareness (Loukoumi and the Schoolyard Bully) in conjunction with the National Bullying Prevention Center.
The Loukoumi book series recently won a USA Weekend National Make A Difference Day Award for uniting 20,000 kids each October to do good deeds. It has also has been featured on The View, Fox & Friends, Entertainment Tonight, and in People Magazine, Parents Magazine, USA Today, Readers Digest, The New York Times, The Martha Stewart Show, Parade Magazine, and many others. Proceeds from the Loukoumi books benefit St Jude Children's Research Hospital.