Professional hockey players have always seemed like some of the most giving individuals in the sports world. They give on the ice for their teammates and coaches, and off the ice they take on honorable causes for charity. Many hockey players do charity work silently, never asking for the applause they receive nightly during games.
One such Anaheim Duck, wants ONLY to help those less fortunate this offseason. As was made public on May 27th on the Ducks website, Ducks defenseman Joe DiPenta will serve as a guest chef at a special fundraising event at the Anaheim White House restaurant on Thursday, June 19 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Joe and his wife Jessica will be serving a family recipe of Dipenta Lasagna, to be served by Ducks teammates Chris Pronger and George Parros. The dinner will be served in the garden of the Anaheim White House.
The proceeds raised will benefit the nonprofit organization founded by the restaurant’s owner Bruno Serato to benefit the Anaheim Boys & Girls Club. Each night 100 hot meals will be dilvered by Serato and distributed to children of Orange County’s working poor who reside in low-cost motels. The program, which is named after Serato’s mother, is called Caterina’s Club. Thanks to this program, thousands of the region’s most impoverished youngsters do not go to bed hungry at night.
“We’re so delighted that Joe has offered to help Caterina’s Club in such a generous and involved manner,” said Serato who featured DiPenta in his best-selling cookbook, Temptation at the White House. “His lasagna is second to none – probably the most tantalizing Old World version of the classic dish that I’ve ever tasted. I know that the public will agree.”
For my readers in Southern California:
Space for the dinner is limited, and reservations can be made by calling (714) 772-1381. Pre-payment RSVP's will be accepted until June 5th.
The Anaheim White House is located at 887 South Anaheim Blvd., in Anaheim. Visit www.anaheimwhitehouse.com.
If you do not reside in Orange County, or even the United States, but still wish to help the children from the Anaheim Boys & Girls Club, you may send any donation to this address:
Anaheim White House Restaurant
887 South Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA. 92805
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