At the Principe di Savoia
For the third successive year, 200 of Milan’s homeless will be invited to a luxury lunch at the prestigious Principe di Savoia hotel by the charity non-profit City Angels on 6 January.
And this year, Prince Albert of Monaco heard of the event and will fly his personal chef, Christian Garzia, to Milan to oversee the hotel’s kitchen staff. City Angels founder Mario Furlan said, “We want to make the holidays a special time for our friends who live on the street, and through the participation of well-known personalities make residents aware of the importance of thinking of the most fragile [people], instead of shutting themselves up in egoism.”
City Angels operate in over 20 Italian towns and cities, bringing friendship and human warmth to the homeless, distributing food and clothing and helping them find housing and jobs. They also help drug addicts into detox, help prostitutes find a way out of the profession, and assist immigrants, as well as the elderly and disabled, crime victims, Roma citizens and students suffering from drugs or bullying.
The event will be organised by Furlan, with the participation of popular milanese humanitarian worker Daniela Girardi Javarone and Ezio Indiani, manager of the hotel. The waiters will include well-known personalities from show business and the business community, including singer Ron, pianist Giulia Mazzoni, singer-songwriter Roberto Vecchioni, fashion designer Elio Fiorucci, the Consuls General of Albania and Equador, and TgCom24 editor in chief Alessandro Banfi, as well as politicians from the Lombardy regional administration and city hall. including deputy mayoress Ada Lucia De Cesaris. Milan Carabinieri chief General Maurizio Stefanizzi and Milan prosecutor Alberto Nobili will also wait on tables, while blessings will be given by Mons. Franco Buzzi, Prefect of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Davide Piccardo, president of the city’s Islamic community, and Daniele Nahum, former spokesman of Milan’s Jewish community.