Restaurateur and humanitarian Bruno Serato will be recognized by Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for his work feeding local "motel kids," so named because they are the children of working poor who are relegated to living in cheap motels. Since 2005, Serato has served more than 325,000 free pasta dinners to this segment of the population and he has earned international recognition for his work, including being named a Top 10 CNN Hero last year. Sanchez also will take the opportunity to offer a legislative update on what the federal government is doing to fight poverty.
“This recognition is a great honor and I am truly humbled by it,” said Serato. “I look forward to learning more about how our government is helping to fight hunger in our own backyard.”
Serato founded his own nonprofit called Caterina’s Club after learning that scores of underprivileged youth in his community were going to bed hungry at night. Every day since, he has coordinated the effort with the help of the Anaheim Boys & Girls Club to feed the children. Even when difficult times meant fewer patrons at his upscale restaurant, the Anaheim White House, Serato took a second mortgage on his home to keep the program going. He even purchased a fully equipped van and donated it to the Boys & Girls Club to facilitate the deliveries and any other critical transportation needs. For more information about Caterina’s Club, visit www.thecaterinasclub.org.
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