Marisa Spagnoletti continues to fund charities through the Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation, in part by donating 100 percent of the profits from her retail shop, Lucy’s Gift, which opened last year in Morristown. The funds from the foundation, she said, come back to the community via donations to many local causes including child health and education, groups that aid victims of domestic violence and charities that support FBI efforts to protect American citizens.
The charities supported by the foundation include the P.G. Chambers School for special-needs students in Morris Plains.
Spagnoletti lived with her husband and daughter, Lucy, in Whippany before moving to Florham Park and then Morristown after her husband’s death.
“We moved to Morristown because I finally found my home. It was very lonely for me in Florham Park, as nice as that community is. Where I live in Morristown, I get out, I walk, and I have a business that keeps me busy 24/7. I can’t begin to tell you how much of a Morristown girl I am.”
She plans to expand the foundation’s charitable initiatives with a second Lucy’s Gift, slated to open later this year in Florham Park. The shop is named after her daughter, Lucy, who currently is undergoing treatment at Morristown Medical Center for kidney ailments.
“I am standing here today as a woman who has suffered more than words can say and I still cry every day,” she said. “Nothing will bring my husband back to me, but the difference is that five years later, I am finding peace through faith, endless support and love. Loss of a loved one is so traumatic and devastating, but violence adds a layer of chaos to the hardship and pain. But I have survived and now have the courage and determination to move forward, not with my husband, but in loving memory of him.”
Through a law firm, Spagnoletti has established a dedicated bank account for the reward contributions, which can be made by visiting gofundme.com and searching for Maurice J. Spagnoletti.
Contributors also can go to any Wells Fargo Bank branch and make a deposit to the Maurice J. Spagnoletti fund, or mail a check to Wells Fargo branch manager Fadwa Barakat at 1689 Route 10, Morris Plains, N.J. 07950.