Livingston, NJ – Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation was awarded a $1,000 grant on October 12 by Wells Fargo Foundation to support the organization’s mission to help children in need, crime victims and those who serve and protect us. The community event was hosted by Wells Fargo’s newly selected region bank presidents, Greg White and AZ Abdulghani, at the East Hanover Marriott in Whippany.

“We truly appreciate Wells Fargo’s support,” said Marisa Spagnoletti, Founder of the Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation. “We will use this grant to continue to honor my husband by helping so many in need and striving to end all violence in this country.”

The Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation (MJSF) sprang from the love Marisa shared with Maurice, which she still holds dear. Grateful for the support she received, Marisa is committed to supporting others in need. Finally, while still grieving, Marisa is taking steps to help foster hope in others, as Maurice did with everyone he touched in life.

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“We host this annual breakfast to celebrate, recognize and say thank you to community heroes such as Ms. Spagnoletti for all of their invaluable contributions and dedicated service to empower northern New Jersey neighborhoods over the past year,” said Greg White, Wells Fargo’s Northern New Jersey region bank president.

The grant was awarded as part of Wells Fargo’s Community Connections program, which provides local branch managers the opportunity to make a $1,000 charitable contribution on behalf of Wells Fargo to a nonprofit of their choice. Wells Fargo branches distributed a total of $130,000 in grants to support nonprofit groups serving the northern New Jersey area.

“Each nonprofit grant recipient was identified by our local branches,” said AZ Abdulghani, Wells Fargo’s Gateway region bank president. “They see which nonprofits are out in the community making a difference in the areas where many team members and customers are proud to live and work.”

The annual Community Connections program offers Wells Fargo branch managers the opportunity to provide additional grants to local nonprofits of their choice in New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania.

“Many of our Wells Fargo team members also volunteer or are impacted by MJSF in some way, “Wells Fargo Florham Park Branch Manager Mariana Ghaly. “We’re proud to help the nonprofits serve our communities wherever we can.”


About the Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation In 2014, Marisa Spagnoletti created the Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation in memory of her beloved husband. Soliciting the help of family and friends, establishing relationships with charitable organizations, and gaining corporate and medical sponsors, the Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation – and all of the good work it generates – will live on as a testament to the fact that love, support and hope can make a real difference one life at a time. Continuing Maurice J. Spagnoletti’s legacy of benevolence in New Jersey, the Foundation supports the P.G. Chambers School, Safe in Hunterdon, The 200 Club of Morris County; Goryeb Children's Hospital, and other charities in New Jersey as well as the Children of China Pediatrics Foundation (CCPF) in New York.

About Wells Fargo Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,500 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 271,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2017 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.