Our 12th Annual KFI PastaThon has been our biggest event to date!
As of right now, we have raised more than $1,173,803 and 27,159 pounds of pasta & sauce and that crushes last year's number! THANK YOU to YOU, our amazing family of KFI listeners that make this effort possible every year. We are still waiting for a few numbers from the weekend so we will have final numbers in about a week.
For those who don't know, Chef Bruno Serato started Caterina's Club, a charity named after his beloved mother, and began providing meals in 2005 to children living with their families in local low-income motels because there was no way for them to make hot meals. Over the last 16 years, Chef Bruno has expanded his project to provide more than 25,000 meals per week in 100 locations in 30 cities across Southern California.
But it's not just that, Caterina's Club is helping to break the cycle of poverty with a three-pronged approach. Not only do they feed the kids now, but they help families get back into stable home environments and provide job training for youth so they have the skills they need to work in the hospitality industry.
To date, they have provided over 8 million meals, helped get 255 families back into stable homes, and graduated over 600 teens from their Hospitality Academy.
This year, thanks to our amazing partners, Smart & Final locations in CA, AZ and NV, Barilla, and Wendy's locations in Southern California, we have once again raised an incredible amount to help Chef Bruno continue his amazing work and help more children and families.
Since 2010, the amazing KFI family of listeners has raised $5.7 million and 727,000 pounds of pasta and sauce for Caterina's Club. We truly could not do this without you and our partners, THANK YOU for your generosity and continued support of this event.
If you'd like to volunteer your time to Caterina's Club to help them at events throughout the year, visit their website HERE.