ANAHEIM, Calif. (Dec. 11, 2011) - The City of Anaheim is proud to congratulate Anaheim Bruno Serato, chef and owner of the Anaheim White House Restaurant, for being a top 10 finalist for the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year award.  Serato was recognized tonight along with his fellow nine nominees during the nationally televised "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" awards program. 

“Bruno Serato’s commitment, service and kindness to the children and families of Anaheim are immeasurable,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait.  “His nomination as a top 10 finalist for the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year award is most fitting.  He changes the world for hundreds of children each day by providing them hot meals prepared by caring hands.  To us, Bruno truly is an Anaheim hero.”

The CNN Hero of the Year honor recognizes everyday people changing the world.  Each day since 2005 Serato has fed a pasta dinner to more than 300 Orange County children, many of whom live in motels, at the Boys and Girls Club in Anaheim.

ABOUT ANAHEIM - The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation's premier municipalities and is one of California's most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 341,000 residents and more than 3,100 City employees. The municipal corporation's annual budget is $1.4 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal winning U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team, the 2008 Olympic Silver Medal winning U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team, and the Professional Arena Soccer League Anaheim Bolts. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit

Media contact:

Ruth Ruiz

(714) 765-5060 offic

(714) 420-7797 cell