In what has turned out to be an annual tradition for LA’s top radio station, KFI-AM 640 will broadcast its line-up of shows from Christ Cathedral (13280 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove) on Friday, December 8 to raise funds for Caterina's Club, the nonprofit founded by Sir Bruno Serato that feeds 3,500 underprivileged children nightly, helps find permanent housing for families in need and introduces at-risk youth to careers in hospitality. This will be the first year that KFI’s PastaThon – Caterina’s Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year – will be held away from Serato's Anaheim White House, which perished in a fire earlier this year.
This year’s live broadcast will begin at 5 a.m. with “The Bill Handel Show” and conclude at 10 p.m. immediately after "The Tim Conway, Jr. Show." The public is invited to stop by, meet their favorite personalities and make donations of cash, dry pasta and tomato sauce. In addition, a live auction will be held at 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. with a number of events hosted by KFI’s beloved hosts including breakfast in the studio with Bill Handel and attending a Dodger’s game with Gary & Shannon. This year’s goal is to generate $350,000 and 90,000 pounds of pasta and sauce.
To make donating easier, Smart & Final's participating Orange County locations are offering special “Grab & Go” bags filled with 11 pounds of pasta and sauce for $10 each and the chain will deliver the bags to the Caterina’s Club.
“I can’t tell you how grateful I am to Bill and the entire team at KFI-AM 640 for throwing their support to help the kids,” said Serato, who founded the nonprofit after his mother, Caterina, encouraged him to feed the underprivileged kids living right in his own backyard. “This has become our top fundraiser of the year and we are grateful to KFI-AM 640 for creating the PastaThon, which is crucial to keeping our program going.”
Caterina’s Club serves pasta each night in 28 locations in Orange and LA counties with more 1.9 million meals served to date. His influence has extended far beyond the local area as other chefs in the U.S. and abroad including those in Chicago, New York, Texas, Mexico and Italy who learned of the program have begun feeding the hungry in their communities. The nonprofit also has helped scores of families escape motel living by securing apartments for them. In addition, Serato in concert with the city of Anaheim, established the Hospitality Academy to help at-risk youth explore careers in restaurants and hotels.
In addition to being the subject of worldwide publicity, Serato has been knighted by the Italian government, received a papal blessing from Pope Francis, a humanitarian award on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, received numerous proclamations, Man of the Year awards and other forms of recognition -- all of which he has accepted to generate public awareness of hunger in our communities.
For more information, visit www.CaterinasClub.org.