Fun Fridays – February 23, 2018

There are two videos today, related to each other, that tell a wonderful story. Watch the first to see how an idea for literally serving a community of children becomes a mission. Raised in France and Italy, Bruno Serato came to the United States with $200 in his pocket in 1980. Twenty-five years later his momma came to visit and everything changed. (More after the video.)

Five years after the above video, tragedy struck. An electrical fire. All seemed lost. Until…

(Some images are repeated from the earlier piece for continuity.)
More after the video below.

Three weeks ago Bruno Serato was inducted into the Restaurant Hall of Fame. And some time this spring his “White House” restaurant will reopen after a massive rebuild . Meanwhile his charity continues to serve 3,500 children every day at 62 locations in Orange County, Long Beach and Los Angeles.

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