About Us

In 2011, Anthony Rugiero established the Rugiero Promise Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer only organization. “I made a vow that in gratitude for all of God’s blessings, our family would never stop working to help those less fortunate,” he said.

Since its inception, the foundation has grown, making important contributions to many diverse charities. The foundation is proud support these organizations Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Gleaner’s Community Food Bank, ILICA, Boys’ & Girls’ Towns of Italy, The Garden Party, Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museum, The National Kidney Foundation, and Beaumont/Oakwood Foundation.

The University of Michigan’s Diabetes Research Center calls the Rugiero Promise Foundation’s signature event, Rugiero Casino Royale, a significant resource for funding contributions benefiting diabetes research. The event honors Antonio Rugiero Sr. and will be held this year in Dearborn. It is the foundation’s mission to make this event the hallmark in finding a cure for diabetes.


The Rugiero Promise Foundation is committed to improving quality of life in the community and extends help to individuals of all means, bringing hope and the promise of a better future.

Where is the money going?

Michigan Medicine (University of Michigan)

To advance health to serve Michigan and the world. Our discoveries change care; our care changes lives.

Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan

To educate and empower children 21 years or younger diagnosed with all forms of cancer by increasing self-esteem and giving children the opportunity to have fun experiences and be better able to cope with cancer.

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

The largest nonprofit in the world focused on accelerating the cure for multiple myeloma. Our work is not done until each and every multiple myeloma patient has the answers they need.

Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan

Ranked as one of the nation’s top inpatient rehabilitation facilities and the #1 Physical Rehab Center in Michigan, on Newsweek’s list of America’s Best Physical Rehab Centers 2021.

Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute

Improving the welfare of children and their families for 100 years. Serving Detroit's children through research and formal academic programs in child development, disciplines then in their infancy.

Capuchin Soup Kitchen

Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, we tend to people’s basic needs, especially the need for food. We also strive to stimulate minds, nourish spirits, and address root causes of social injustice.

Gleaner’s Community Food Bank

We exist to provide households with access to sufficient, nutritious food, and related resources. We accomplish this through collaboration, efficient operations, education, and innovative solutions to achieve a hunger-free community in southeast Michigan.

Italian Language Inter-Cultural Alliance (ILICA)

Dedicated to promoting the Italian language as a tool for understanding and studying a constantly evolving culture.

Boys’ & Girls’ Towns of Italy (La Città dei Ragazzi)

Founded to provide, in Monsignor’s words, “a chance in life” to vulnerable and orphaned children. Providing children the responsibility of running their own Town through the model of self-government.

The Garden Party Foundation

To provide professional trade scholarships to underprivileged young adults. TGPF believes that the purpose of education is to teach students skills allowing them the opportunity to create their own self-sustainable life.

Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museum

One of 25 chapters worldwide that form the International Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums. The Patrons’ mission is to raise funds to maintain and restore the vast collection of art housed in the Vatican Museums.

The National Kidney Foundation

Fueled by passion and urgency, National Kidney Foundation is a lifeline for all people affected by kidney disease. As pioneers of scientific research and innovation, NKF focuses on the whole patient through the lens of kidney health.

Beaumont Health Foundation

Coordinates all philanthropic initiatives for Beaumont Health, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving southeastern Michigan.

Michigan Opera Theatre

Supporting Italian opera and young voices.

Volterra-Detroit Foundation

To fund the renovation and adaptation of the building of the former Art School in Volterra (Italy) for the Volterra International Residential College.

Angela Hospice

dedicated to provide comprehensive, compassionate, and Christ-like care to adults and children in the communities we serve.

Leadership – Board of Directors

Anthony Rugiero, Chairman

Enrica Rugiero, Vice Chairman

Sharon Gioia, Treasurer

Steve George, Esq., Secretary

Mark Rugiero

Patrick Rugiero

Robert Rugiero

Nino Ruggirello

Jerry Ruggirello

Board of Directors


Skills-based volunteers to provide diverse administrative support or technology assistance for a non-profit organization.

Event Volunteers for Rugiero Casino Royale, a signature event. Help the Foundation raise funds to find a cure for Diabetes and assist us to make sure this exciting event is executed according to plan.

  • Event planning and logistics
  • Event staffing
  • Fundraiser
  • Marketing
  • Social media
  • Event day set up
  • Administrative work
  • Writing
  • Auction acquisitions
  • Hospitality
  • Pre-Event/Event Day Volunteering.

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