Since 2011, the all-volunteer Rugiero Promise Foundation has provided needed funds to diverse organizations that in turn help thousands of people. Without you, this vital work cannot be accomplished. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and supports the founding mission of the Foundation. Financial contributions are tax deductible.

  • Make a monetary charitable donation to the Foundation. Each gift contribution goes to fulfilling the Foundation mission of “improving the quality of life in our communities “.
  • Give a Memorial or honor gift contribution in the name of someone important to you. Your donation will go directly to supporting Foundation programs. Recognition of your gift will be sent in the name of the recipient.
  • Make a difference by Volunteering for our signature event Rugiero Casino Royale. Bring your time and skills to find a cure for diabetes. Contact us to learn about volunteer opportunities.
  • Business owners can contribute through providing in-kind services and resources, please contact us for more information.
  • Help our dollars go further–Your company can provide matching funds for every dollar donated to one of our signature projects. Matching funds will be distributed to the receiving charity to improve quality of life.
  • On behalf of everyone impacted by the work of the Foundation—Thank you for your generosity.

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Honor and Memorial Gifts

We are grateful to the families that name The Rugiero Promise Foundation as recipients of gifts honoring their loved one’s memory. Each gift is promptly acknowledged with a donation letter and the family is notified of the gift received. If you would like memory donation envelopes please call us at 1-734-981-9800 or

In Remembrance of:

Antonio Rugiero Sr. (6/16/1936-10/16/ 2008)
Pietro “Pete” Mucci (11/6/1936 – 1/10/17)


Francesco Corona (April 3, 1939—June 11, 2017)

Born in Villa St. Angelo (AQ) Italy. Cherished and beloved husband of Marcella Corona. Born to the late Sabatino Corona and Agata De Matteis. He was preceded in death by his brother Domenico Corona, survived by brother Orfeo Corona and sister Angela Corona. Proud Father of Massimo Corona (Stephanie). Loving grandfather to Austin and Nicholas Corona. Dear step-father to Joseph Celani,(Melissa) Maurizio Celani (Heather) and Sabrina Rugiero (Anthony) Loving step-grandfather to Luke, Peter, Andrew and Jacob Celani, Santino and Noemi Celani, and Adrianna, Antonio, Vanessa and Attilio Rugiero.

Francesco Corona was called Frank by everyone but by his closest friends he was called Frankie. In Italy, his friends and family called him Checchino. He was born in the region of Abruzzo, on the foothills of the highest mountain in central Italy, Grand Sasso D’Italia. He was the youngest of four children. He learned to play the accordion as a young child and enjoyed it. He was a great soccer player, in fact the best in his team according to his fellow players. It was challenging for him and his friends to play because just after the war the only ball they could play with was one that they made out of rags.

He learned to be an expert welder and he left his little town to work in the south of Italy at the young age of 16. After that he joined his father and brother in Caracas, Venezuela and used his welding skills working with a road construction company. He also learned to speak Spanish in the eight years that he worked there.

He moved to the United States with his family in 1968 and started work soon after at the Ford Motor Company transmission plant in Livonia. He experienced with his son, Massimo, the great loss of his wife Berenice to breast cancer. He retired from Ford after 40 years and many hours of overtime (7 days a week 12 and more hours per day). He loved to work so much that he learned to do just about everything. He was a great mechanic, carpenter, plumber, electrician, mason etc…

At home he was the most wonderful, self-learned, patient and skilled handy-man that you could find. In 1995, he married Marcella and they were happily married until the last second of his life. He loved and enjoyed immensely the company of all his 12 grandchildren. After retiring from Ford, he had to find something to do so he went to ask his step son-in-law Anthony Rugiero if he needed help in one of his restaurants. He happily worked at the Canton restaurant for almost 10 years.

Francesco Corona was a very smart, honest, gentle, simple, and caring man. He was loved by everyone he met and being in his presence was a true honor. He was a selfless giving human being to each and every person he met. Frank was the kind of man that always put his family before himself. He passed away peacefully with his family at his side.

He was a member of the Italian American Club of Livonia and the Federazione Abruzzese Del Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, the Corona family requests memorial contributions be made in memory of Francesco Corona to the Rugiero Promise Foundation, benefiting diabetes and cancer research at the University of Michigan.


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The Rugiero Promise Foundation
2220 N. Canton Center Road
Canton, Michigan 48187

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The Rugiero Promise Foundation is registered as a 501(c)(3) organization. The purpose of the Foundation is set forth in its mission statement and embodies the vision of the Founder and principles of charitable giving. According to our mandate we do not accept unsolicited grant proposals.