In 2011, when he established the Rugiero Promise Foundation, a volunteer-only organization it was driven on a commitment to “improving the quality of life in the communities we serve “. Since its inception, the Rugiero Promise Foundation has supported the following charities:

  • Antonio Rugiero Diabetes Fund U-M Comprehensive Diabetes Center
  • Capuchins Soup Kitchen
  • National Kidney Foundation of Michigan
  • Earthquake Rescue Fund, Italy
  • Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan
  • Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
  • University of Detroit Mercy, Volterra, Italy Residential College
  • Wayne County Goodfellows
  • Merrill Palmer Skillman Foundation
  • Boys and Girls Towns of Italy
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope
  • Oakwood Hospital Foundation
  • St. Jude Hospital
  • ILICA (Italian Language Inter-cultural Alliance)
  • St. Joseph Hospital Cancer Center

In addition, throughout the year, the Rugiero Promise Foundation sponsors a number of annual charity events to raise money and awareness for local charities including a signature event honoring his father’s memory, Rugiero Casino Royale, that supports type 2 diabetes research at the University of Michigan Center for Diabetes Research. Anthony feels blessed to be able to give back to the community. “I made a vow that, in gratitude for all of God’s blessings, our family would never stop working to help those less fortunate.”

I encourage everyone to join me in getting behind these charities and making a difference to the many people they serve.


  • Chairman – Rugiero Promise Foundation


  • Midwest Regional Director – ILICA
  • Chairman – International Heritage Foundation
  • Sponsor Partner – Dearborn Heights Spirit Festival
  • Chairman – International Institute Foundation
  • Room Naming – Volterra International Residential College
  • Mid-East Director – Italian Language Inter-Cultural Alliance (ILICA)
  • Organizer – IL VOLO Encore Benefit Dinner supporting three charities
  • Event Sponsor – Spirit Festival of Dearborn
  • Lead Sponsor – SOCK Capuchins Soup Kitchen
  • Activist – Campaigning for funds to remodel and update the John F. Kennedy Jr. Library and the Caroline Kennedy Library, Dearborn Heights Michigan
  • Board Member – Italian American Club of Livonia Charitable Foundation
  • Board Member – Italian American Club of Livonia
  • Guest Speaker – Festa della Repubblica Italianna, Italian American Cultural Center

Signature Events

  • Italian Film Festival USA April 2-27 (2014)
  • Annual Opera Day at Antonio’s and Roman Village Restaurants – Benefits the Detroit Opera House
  • Annual Feast of St. Antonio, Day of Charity – Benefits various charities chosen to be a recipient each year
  • Salute our Veterans’ – Benefits All U.S. Armed Forces past and present
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month of October – Benefits financial assistance to women during their treatment and recovery from Breast Cancer and providing screening for the uninsured.
  • Rugiero Casino Royale – Honoring Antonio Rugiero Sr. to benefit U of M Diabetes Research Center
  • Annual Lunch with Santa – Benefits the “Goodfellows” organization to benefit no child without a Christmas
  • Italian Opera Night – supporting Michigan Opera Theatre
  • Volterra, Italy International Residential College Scholarship Campaign collaborating with the University of Detroit Mercy college of Architecture Volterra-Detroit Foundation

Community Activities

  • Chairman — International Institute Foundation (2013-present)
  • Michigan Lead – Italian Film Festival
  • University of Detroit Mercy, Volterra – Detroit Foundation (2011-Present)
  • NW Regional Director – ILICA Board of Directors ( 2007 – Present)
  • Michigan Regional Director – Boys Town of Italy (2009 – Present)
  • Board of Trustees – Michigan Opera Theater (Present)
  • Board of Trustees – International Institute Foundation (2009 – Present)
  • Executive Committee – Spirit Festival of Dearborn Heights (Present)
  • Board of Director – Patrons of the Vatican (1998- Present)
  • Member – Italian American Alliance for Business and Technology IAABT – (Present)
  • Committee – SOCK Capuchins Soup Kitchen (2009-Present)
  • Member – Legatus (2009 – Present)
  • Member – National Italian American Foundation NIAF
  • Executive Committee – Detroit Medical Center Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
  • Committee – Andrea Bocelli in Concert
  • Committee – The Three Tenors Concert in Detroit (1986)
  • Fundraising Committee – Luciano Pavarotti Detroit Performance
  • Member – Canton Chamber of Commerce
  • Member – Farmington Hills Chamber of Commerce
  • Member – Dearborn Heights Chamber of Commerce
  • Member – City of Dearborn Chamber of Commerce
  • Member – Michigan Chamber of Commerce
  • Member – Dearborn Rotary Club