Our 2021 Honorees

LUV MICHAEL

Luv Michael is committed to creating and providing meaningful culinary jobs to the Autistic population.

As the saying goes, little kids little problems, bigger kids bigger problems. Today 90% of the Autistic Adult Community are either underemployed or unemployed. There is a 400% higher suicide rate in Autistic Adults. After age 22, Autistic Adults are no longer able to participate in state funded education programs. Without this support the journey to a paycheck is nearly impossible and results in isolation, depression, and loneliness.

Enter Luv Michael, a 501c3 non-profit inspired by a young autistic man, Michael Kessaris and his love of cooking. Luv Michael was formed in 2015 by Michael’s mom Dr. Lisa Liberatore to train, educate, and employ the adult autistic community. Luv Michael makes all natural, gluten-free artisanal granola at their bakery in New York City. What better way to educate the autistic community about employment than to actually create a fully functioning business in which to immerse the team. Luv Michael employees, called granologists, are paid at least 15 dollars per hour and are learning to take and pass the NY state food handlers license exam. Luv Michael granola is sold in 60 stores and along with making and packaging granola, our team of soon to be 50 granologists work in social media, market research, and digital marketing.

Like so many organizations, 2020 turned Luv Michael’s world upside down. The team had to find a way to adapt. In the wake of the lockdown, Luv Michael reinvented its volunteer program. The program is an educational community based service learning program targeted at high school and college age students. Our volunteers receive a comprehensive education on how to become an ally to the autism community and are required to share their learning with 30 people they know. Through the use of technology, volunteers run a digital campaign seeking donor support. Each donation triggers the creation and delivery of handmade granola and a handwritten thank you card from the Luv Michael team therefore creating meaningful work for the team to do. With over 10,000 volunteers worldwide, our program has reached over 300,000 people and kept us very busy in the bakery.

As an extension to this mission, Luv Michael and its sister organization US Autism Homes are working together to help ease the housing crisis for autistic adults. The organizations have two homes in Southampton to house six individuals. To promote a more inclusive experience for the residents, the Luv Michael educational curriculum is being introduced to town leadership and businesses to create autism-friendly communities on the East End of Long Island and beyond.

THE LOHM

Our mission is to create alternatives to incarceration, decarceration, and post incarceration opportunities by providing access to resources for education, entrepreneurship, and sustainability through advocacy.

The LOHM’s (Ladies of Hope Ministries) addresses the crisis of poverty and incarceration of women and girls through three interrelated Core Mission Program Areas: Direct Services & Sustainability through Hope House and Angel Food Delivery Project Empowerment & Edification through Faces of Women Imprisoned and Pathways for Equity Policy and Advocacy through EPIC Ambassadors, Parole and Probation Accountability Project.


LOHM offers a variety of programs designed to allow women to rebuild their lives from the inside out. The model was developed with human services professionals and women and girls who are currently or formerly incarcerated to address core needs.


The LOHM is focused on ensuring that formerly incarcerated women have access to education, training, professional development, and critical mentorship.  Pairing each participant with a peer mentor, LOHM supports long term job retention.


The core LOHM projects are Hope House, Angel Food Delivery Project, Faces of Women Imprisoned, Pathways for Equity, The Parole and Probation Accountability Project, and Epic Ambassadors.


Since Hope House launched in 2017, we have a 100 percent reentry success rate. No women have returned to prison.

THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HAMPTONS HAS GIVEN OVER

$1,200,000

TO SUPPORT CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS OVER BLUE DREAM’S SEVEN YEAR HISTORY.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

I would like to support Luv Michael and The Lohm

Blue Dreamer$50,000+

  • "Blue Dreamer Sponsor" on press release and program
  • Recognition on Blue Dream website as Event Sponsor
  • Event Slide Loop: Sponsor Spotlight (4x)
  • Inclusion on all event signage, multi-media, and social media
  • 2 VIP Tables of 10

Dream Big$25,000

  • "Dream Big Sponsor" on press release and program
  • Recognition on Blue Dream website as Event Sponsor
  • Event Slide Loop: Sponsor Spotlight (3x)
  • Inclusion on all event signage, multi-media, and social media
  • 1 VIP Table of 10

House of Dreams $15,000

  • "House of Dreams Sponsor" on press release and program
  • Recognition on Blue Dream website as Event Sponsor
  • Event Slide Loop: Sponsor Spotlight (2x)
  • Inclusion on all event signage, multi-media, and social media
  • 1 Preferential Table of 10

Forever Dreaming $10,000

  • "Forever Dreaming Sponsor" on press release and program
  • Recognition on Blue Dream website as Event Sponsor
  • Inclusion on all event signage, multi-media, and social media
  • 1 Preferential Table of 10

Dream World $5,000

  • "Dream World Sponsor" on press release and program
  • Recognition on Blue Dream website as Event Sponsor
  • Inclusion on all event signage, multi-media, and social media
  • Table of 10

Single Tickets $400

  • Limited Seating
The Parish will donate 70% of this year’s proceeds to Luv Michael and The LOHM. All contributions are deductible to the extent provided by the law. The Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons is a tax exempt organization under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER!

Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors

Dream big
  • Maria Allwin
  • Calamos Investments
  • Louis and Kylie Cappelli
  • John and Margo Catsimatidis
  • Andrew and Paula Liveris
  • Dennis and Karen Mehiel
  • Bruce and Wendy Mosler
  • Michael and Robin Psaros
  • Peter G. Peterson Foundation
HOUSE OF DREAMS
  • Tom and Janet Constance
  • Howard Lorber
  • Anthony and Deidre Scaramucci
FOREVER DREAMING
  • Atlantic Bank
  • Nicholas J. And Anna Bouras Foundation
  • Dime Community Bank
  • Peter and Barbara Ferentinos
  • Douglas Horne
  • Nick and Marina Letsios
  • Dimitri N. Kessaris, MD and Lisa A. Liberatore, MD
  • Ted and Mary Ellen Moudis
  • Saint Anna's Philoptochos
  • Nick Scandalios
  • Michael and Francis Sherman
  • The Spanos Family
DREAM WORLD
  • Leo Andreadakis
  • Mike and Libby Angeliades
  • Avra Tours
  • Anthony and Konstantina Coulianidis
  • Sean and Elizabeth Deneny
  • Dormition of the Virgin Mary Parish Council
  • Mica Ertegun
  • Estiatorio AVRA
  • Steve and Michaele Giannoutsos
  • Boris and Youlianna Gurov
  • Ryan Hamilos
  • Peter and Mary Kalikow
  • Lou and Barbara Katsos
  • Gary Krupnick
  • The Ladies of Hope Ministries, Inc.
  • Paul and Kelly Lountzis
  • Luv Michael Board Members
  • Bill and Joanne Zervos Maguire
  • Megagroup
  • Michael and Gerri Merlo
  • Ergon Mykonos
  • Michael and Meropi Neamonitakis
  • Lou and Helen Nicozisis
  • Progressive Urology
  • Irene (Renee) Rallis, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
  • Councilman Tommy John and Andrea Schiavoni
  • Stony Brook Southampton Hospital
  • Costas Spiliadis/ Milos Estiatorio
  • Dr. Apostolos and Ioanna Tassiopoulos
  • Chris and Sandy Tsamutalis
  • Christopher and Georgette Tsavoussis
  • Daniel Van Arsdale, MD
  • Theodora Velys
  • Achilleas Vigopoulos
  • Linda Wachner

Location

  • 111 Saint Andrews Road
    Southampton, NY 11968
  • [email protected]
  • 631-283-6169
  • 6:30PM – Reception, 7:30PM Dinner