Thank you SO much Hephzibah Children’s Association for this incredible award. We are so touched. On behalf of our entire team and the Durpetti family, we thank you. It is a bright spot in our week each Thursday when we provide meals to the children and your amazing team and this just means the world to us. 💜
We love supporting all that you do to help children live lives full of love.


Hephzibah Honors Durpetti Family with Heart of the Home Award

Originally posted on HephzibahHome.Org, February 11, 2021
The kitchen is often referred to as the “heart of the home,” so it is especially fitting that Hephzibah’s 2021 Heart of the Home Award will be presented to the Durpetti family, owners of Chicago’s beloved Gene & Georgetti Steakhouse.

“We are so grateful to Michelle and the Durpetti family and Gene & Georgetti for their incredible generosity,” says Merry Beth Sheets, Hephzibah’s Executive Director.

For more than 20 years, the Durpetti family has been active with Hephzibah raising funds and awareness and sharing their hospitality (and food!) with the children and staff of the group home.

The Durpettis and Gene & Georgetti have hosted the children living in the group home for private parties, including delicious meals and entertainment, for many years. In addition, in recognition of Adoption Awareness Month every November, they donate proceeds from the restaurant’s dessert sales to Hephzibah.

“It is so important to pay it forward by lending our support to an organization that does wonderful things for children who are waiting to find their forever families,” says Michelle Durpetti,

Most recently, during the pandemic, while the group home has been on lockdown and the children must remain on the premises, the restaurant has delivered weekly meals to nourish and comfort the children and hard-working staff.

“There’s nothing quite like a warm dinner to help you feel loved – and our kids love the food from Gene & Georgetti,” says Merry Beth Sheets.

Thank you for all the love and delicious food you’ve given us through the years, Durpettis!

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