In 2005, owner and chef of Anaheim White House restaurant, Bruno Serato and his mother, Caterina, visited the Boys and Girls Club of Anaheim. Caterina noticed a six-year-old boy eating potato chips for dinner because his family couldn’t afford a proper meal. Caterina insisted that Bruno make some pasta for the child. They soon realized that there were many more of these hungry children so Bruno began making pasta for 72 children, five nights a week. Today, these meals have expanded to feeding nearly 300 children, seven nights a week with more than a quarter of a million meals served to date.
Caterina’s Club has also provided the kids with one-on-one tutoring on a daily basis, upgraded computer software, as well as piano lessons and introduction to ballet via a partnership with Anaheim Ballet.
WHY CATERINA’S CLUB IS A BRIGHT *
Despite his own challenges with managing a restaurant in a slumped economy, Bruno has never ceased to feed the Caterina’s Club kids. His tireless efforts remain undaunted as his restaurant is the only one we know of in the world that serves 300 free dinners to hungry kids every night. CNN placed Bruno on its Top 10 Heroes of the World list in 2011. We wholeheartedly agree!