Be a big heart and help a little heart this holiday season by supporting the Children’s Heart Foundation’s ‘Adopt a Heart Family’ program. For the second year in a row, the popular Italian restaurant, Buddy V’s Ristorante, designed a prix fixe menu to raise money for the children’s organization during the holidays.
Due to the financial toll having a child with a congenital heart defect takes on a family, the Adopt a Heart Family program is often times the only way these families will have a holiday. This holiday season, Las Vegans have great options to spread holiday cheer to all of Vegas’ heart families including adopting a family directly or enjoying a holiday meal at Buddy V’s.
For Buddy V’s Executive Chef Bryan Forgione, the Children’s Heart Foundation is personal. Forgione’s youngest son CJ was born with a congenital heart defect that required surgery within the first year of life. Now five years old, CJ is the family’s heart hero and the driving force behind Chef Forgione’s desire to give back this holiday season. Guests can dine and give back now through Friday, Dec. 11 knowing that $4 of every meal will go to Children’s Heart Foundation. The prix fixe dinner is $34 for lunch and $39 for dinner.
All funds raised will be donated to Children’s Heart Foundation and their ‘Adopt a Heart Family’ program. Buddy V’s is currently open Friday – Sunday noon-5 p.m. for lunch and dinner is served seven days a week Sunday – Thursday 5-9 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 5-10 p.m.
La Famiglia Prix Fixe menus includes:
Antipasto (Choice of)
Caesar Salad – parmesan, polenta croutons, classic dressing
Tomato & Basil Soup – grana padano, focaccia croutons
Grandma’s Meatballs – beef, veal & pork, marinara, parmesan
Entrée (Choice of)
Chicken Parm – oven-baked provolone, mozzarella, spaghetti marinara
Grilled Salmon – Mediterranean chickpea & artichoke salad, roasted tomato vinaigrette, balsamic
Chicken Fettucine Alfredo – garlic, white wine, parmesan crema
My Mother-in-Law’s Shrimp Scampi – tomatoes, spinach, garlic, white wine, lemon, pecorino
Dessert (Choice of)
Cannoli – cinnamon pastry, sweet ricotta cream, cocoa drops, pistachios
Tiramisu – marsala mascarpone cream, chocolate espresso cake, lady fingers
For those who wish to give an entire family hope for the holidays, they can contact Children’s Heart Foundation by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, online at www.chfn.org, or phone at 702-967-3522 to adopt a family. They will then be matched with a family and provided a wish list of items to choose from. After gathering the goodies, including a $50 grocery card for the family’s holiday meal, return all items to the organization for distribution by Friday, Dec. 11. Distribution begins Monday, Dec. 14.
Shoppers can also donate to the Children’s Heart Foundation by adding them to their Amazon Smile account in which a percentage of each Amazon purchase will go directly back the organization. Children’s Heart Foundation takes donations throughout the year including gift cards and toys for Maggie’s Garden, monetary donations to help with transportation and lodging, and more. Additional donation opportunities can be found online at www.chfn.org.
ABOUT CHILDREN’S HEART FOUNDATION
Children’s Heart Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of heart families, through emotional, educational and financial support to inspire a higher quality of life for all. Children’s Heart Foundation has four main goals: to lend support to families as they deal with the emotional and financial toll exacted by a child’s heart problems; to provide a medically supervised, cost-free camp experience for children with heart conditions; to educate healthcare professionals and the general public on pediatric cardiology issues; and to support research in the area of pediatric cardiology.
Children’s Heart Foundation, a 501(c)(3), was founded in 2001 through the compassionate efforts of local pediatric cardiologists and concerned families of children with heart problems. Children’s Heart Foundation is located at 3006 S. Maryland Parkway, #690, Las Vegas, NV 89109. For more information on Children’s Heart Foundation, please call (702) 967-3522 or visit www.chfn.org.