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May 1, 2013

Dear Friends and Supporters,

The Fregenet School Benefit, An Italian & Ethiopian Evening of Food and Music,î was held on the beautiful patio of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, April 28. The evening featured delicious homemade dishes, fine wines, and cool jazz by Lorenzo Grassi and Riner Scivally. The event was a resounding success, raising three times its goal! Enough funds were raised to sustain the entire student body of the Fregenet School, with breakfast and lunch for six months. An extraordinary feat.

There is more: the delightful evening resulted in many new friends for the Fregenet School — it was just plain fun to meet and greet and to enjoy great food, music, and wine together, al fresco. The event also brought together many local communities to support a global common goal. Many guests new to our work asked: When is the next event? What can we do to help? Creating such a widening sense of community was precisely what organizers had in mind when they planned this direct social encounter.

A special thanks goes to the event chair, Dr. Luisa Del Giudice, to the organizing committee, to the Rev’d Susan Klein, Rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, and to all the volunteers. For the delicious food, thanks are owned to Obik‡ Mozzarella Bar/Ristorante, Trattoria Bella Roma, and the many home cooks who made the event possible. Wines were donated by Italian Consul, Giuseppe Perrone, Letizia Miccoli, and Sante Losio of Domodimonti.

A big debt of gratitude is owed to those who donated to the raffle, including the Montage Beverly Hills, The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles, Obik‡ Mozzarella Bar/Ristorante, Campagnola Trattoria, Buna Ethiopian Restaurant and Market, Trattoria Bella Roma, S.P.A.C.E.S., Stacey Vuong, Piccolo Chef, the Late Late Show with Graig Ferguson, and Westwood Copies.

One reason Fregenet is so effective is that it is deeply-rooted in community. As a volunteer-run nonprofit, the highest possible percentage of Fregenet’s income is devoted directly to teaching, feeding, and clothing the children. Please stay with us and stay-tuned for the next event in support of the extraordinary Fregenet School.


Thank you very much for your continued support.

The Fregenet Foundation