His Royal Highness Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Prince of Venice and Prince of Piedmont, Italy, was guest of honor at the American Foundation of Savoy Orders' black-tie fundraiser on April 6 at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills that resulted in 20 Southern California underprivileged families landing permanent homes. The featured charity of the evening was humanitarian Bruno Serato’s Caterina’s Club, known worldwide for not only finding homes for needy families but feeding some 25,000 hungry children each week and helping at-risk youth avert gang life through his Hospitality Academy. Daniel J. McClory, a Southern California-based Director of the Savoy Foundation Board, served as Event Co-Chairman.
Among the evening’s guests of honor were the Pierce family: single mother, Caroline, and her three children, 12, 8 and 3, who were placed in a permanent home thanks to Caterina’s Club. The Pierces found themselves homeless after Caroline’s husband left the family upon learning she was pregnant with her third child, whom she later named Caterina after Serato’s mother and his nonprofit’s namesake. Today, the Pierces reside in their own 2-bedroom apartment in Inglewood.
“There wasn’t a dry eye in the house after guests met Caroline, who like so many of our beneficiaries is a hard worker but was homeless because of circumstances beyond her control. Her meager wages prevented her from being able to pay the first and last month’s rent and security deposit required by most apartment management companies,” said Serato. “Like the Pierces, we now have 11 other families who will have homes thanks to the generosity of the American Foundation of Savoy Orders and its dedicated supporters. We are truly grateful.”
HRH Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy said: “The Savoy Orders are my family’s ancient orders of knighthood. They have traditionally been devoted to charitable works, and recognize individuals for their contributions in public service, medicine, the arts, music, government, business and philanthropy. Caterina’s Club and the work of Chef Bruno Serato, a Savoy knight, is a great and contemporary cause to support in our royal tradition of assistance to the less fortunate,” the Prince concluded.
The House of Savoy refers to the Italian Royal Family whose ancient origins can be traced as far back as 1003 to the alpine region where today Italy borders France. Through gradual expansion, the Savoy Dynasty grew in power to eventually rule the Kingdom of Italy until 1946 when, in the aftermath of World War II, the monarchy was replaced by the Italian Republic.
Caterina’s Club serves pasta each night in 89 locations in Orange and Los Angeles Counties, with more than 2.9 million meals served to date. Bruno’s influence extends far beyond the Southern California area to include Chicago, New York, Texas, Mexico and Italy.
For his humanitarian work, Serato has earned international publicity including profiles in People Magazine, on CBS, NBC, and CNN, as well as in newspapers and magazines the world over. Among his many honors: CNN Hero, knighted by the Royal House of Savoy, Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient, 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.
The American Delegation of Savoy Orders, through its charitable arm, the American Foundation of Savoy Orders, contributes to humanitarian, hospitaller and charitable projects and initiatives in the United States and abroad, particularly in healthcare and hospice care, disaster relief, education programs and children's causes. The Savoy Foundation is a NGO at the United Nations.
For more information on supporting the causes of the American Foundation of Savoy Orders and Caterina’s Club, see below
Daniel J. McClory, Notte di Savoia Event Chairman
firstname.lastname@example.org +1 949 233 7869
Larissa Van Duser, Executive Director, American Foundation of Savoy Orders
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For more information, visit www.savoia.org and www.caterinasclub.org.