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Anaheim White House fundraising dinner brings in $75,000 for local charities

The popular restaurant hosted United We Stand to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

By Sophia GioielloPublished: September 19, 2011 08:30 AM

Miss California, Bruce Serrato and Prince Poppycock
Bruno Serato, owner of the Anaheim White House restaurant and a former OC METRO Hot 25 honoree, hosted a charity dinner, United We Stand, last Sunday. The fundraiser memorialized the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and raised $75,000, which will be donated to two local causes: Serato’s Caterina’s Club, which feeds “motel kids” in the community, and With Hope, the Amber Craig Memorial Foundation, a program that works to prevent teenage suicide.

Local celebrities – including Miss California Noelle Freeman, CBS2/KCAL9 Emmy Award winner Michele Gile, OC Register’s Kimberly Edds and Frank Mickadeit, and members of the Olympic champion U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team – came out to support the event by working as food servers; they donated 100 percent of their tips to the honored charities.

Prince Poppycock of “America’s Got Talent” took the stage to entertain guests with his eclectic style, which combines glam rock and light opera. His theatrical performance, inspired by Marie Antoinette, was a highlight of the event, but the true importance of the evening was the generosity of those who attended.

“Helping those in the community and raising money for those in need always brightens my soul,” Serato said. “I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to give back.”

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