Humanitarian Sir Bruno Serato will be honored by the Fairy Godmother Foundation of New York City for his tireless dedication in feeding local underprivileged children, finding permanent housing for families in need and training and finding jobs for at-risk youth who, otherwise, might fall victim to the street. Serato, who resides in Huntington Beach, is being honored alongside the Calla Family, the Mulroy Family and the Sandagato & Scott Families at the event that he will attend via zoom on Saturday, Nov 20 at 7 p.m. +0000.
“I’m thrilled to accept this award by such a prestigious organization as the Fairy Godmother Foundation,” says Serato, who owns and operates the Anaheim White House Italian Steakhouse and is founder of the nonprofit, Caterina’s Club. “I accept this honor on behalf of the children we feed each day and hope that by receiving it I can help shine the spotlight on the problems of hunger, homelessness and the lack of career opportunities facing our community.”
Though he was born and raised in Europe, Serato arrived in the U.S. in the late 1970s from his native Italy speaking no English with only $200 in his pocket. Through hard work and determination, he worked his way up from busboy to owner of the critically acclaimed Anaheim White House Italian Steakhouse whose patrons include U.S. Presidents, sports stars and celebrities.
He launched Caterina’s Club in 2005 after he and his mother, Caterina, visited a local Boys and Girls Club where they saw a young boy eating a bag of potato chips. When she learned that the snack was all he had for dinner, she and Serato went back to the restaurant where they prepared pasta dinner for all of the kids and each day since then he has carried on the tradition. Today, he feeds some 5,000 children daily.
The nonprofit eventually expanded its mission by moving “motel families” — those living in squalid conditions in cheap motels — into permanent housing and starting the Hospitality Academy to divert high school students from gangs and other bad influences and teaching them about the food, hospitality and service industries.
For his humanitarian work, Serato has earned international publicity including profiles in People Magazine, CBS, NBC, CNN as well as newspapers and magazines the world over. Among his many honors: CNN Hero, knighted by the Italian government, knighted by the House of Savoy, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, papal blessing from Pope Francis, humanitarian award on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, and numerous proclamations, Man of the Year awards and other forms of recognition — all of which he accepts to generate public awareness of the needs of our most vulnerable population – our children. For more information, visit www.caterinasclub.org
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