New Jersey boutique extends mission across country to end violence and help others; celebration at flagship store honors greater Morristown community, service members, first responders, and caregivers on June 17
MORRISTOWN, NJ - Lucysgift.org goes live with e-commerce site and community celebration on June 17. The website is the latest accomplishment of Marisa Spagnoletti, Founder of the Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation (MSJF) and Owner of Lucy’s Gift (LG) boutiques. Local customers are invited to attend a launch party, “My Morristown” on Saturday, June 17, from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Morristown store (located at 168 South Street), to enjoy refreshments, family entertainment, and shopping for charity.
At 1 p.m., Marisa will be joined by Morristown’s Mayor Timothy Dougherty and Morris County Sheriff James Gannon for brief remarks. Service members, first responders, and caregivers will be honored with a special MJSF commemorative pin.
In just under two years Lucy’s Gift has been fortunate to open two boutiques and is now poised to extend their mission from its birthplace in Morristown to customers and communities nationwide. LG will now be able to respond to the requests of all Americans to shop and join their mission— to donate 100% net profits to the Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation and empower charitable organizations in their efforts to end violence and help others in need.
Showcasing high-end and fashion-forward handbags, varied costume and bridge jewelry collections, and unique accessories and gift items for the home, Lucy’s Gift is dedicated to making affordable luxury a reality for charity. Featured designers include many of the most coveted brands as well as exciting new talents such as Sondra Roberts, ILI, Melie Bianco, and Vered Milner of B-JWLD. The new e-commerce website will also feature upcoming events and blog posts from Marisa Spagnoletti, staff, and the growing LG community.
Marisa’s husband, Maurice J. Spagnoletti, was a prominent banker and humanitarian. After Maurice’s tragic killing in June 2011, Marisa was determined that his legacy will live on with the Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation. Lucy’s Gift boutique was subsequently founded to help support the efforts of the MJSF.
Ms. Spagnoletti said, “Our ‘My Morristown’ event will show the world that my husband did not die in vain! His legacy of good lives on in me, Lucy, and all of us. The love we shared is so much greater than the evil that killed him.”
On the timing of the e-commerce launch event, Ms. Spagnoletti continued, “June is a very TOUGH month for me. Lucy and I are finally finding peace—not living without my husband, but in memory of him. Our charity work and faith, especially in justice, sustains us. It is amazing to open two stores and launch a website in 18 months. It is a testament to how wonderful the American people are! I am excited about the future again and happy to even think of the future. That was one of the saddest parts of losing him, especially to violence. He was taken from us and nothing brings him back or eases our sorrow and despair. But, after 6 years I have come to see that, in addition to raising our child, my life has tremendous purpose in helping others to navigate their way out of horrific hardship, loss, and tragedy. Lucysgift.org is my way of spreading our charity efforts all over the U.S.”
Corporate Partnership Program
In support of our mission, Lucy’s Gift finds creative ways to support local charities, nonprofits, and promote local businesses. Corporate Partnership Outreach Manager, Yvette Tosado, says, “After all, without strong, viable local businesses providing employment, goods and services, how can we hope to improve our wonderful nation? The tremendous response from our customers, community, and vendors has inspired us.” Tosado continues, “We invite your company to partner with us in helping end violence, as well as meet the needs of your business to connect with our local community to achieve your corporate goals. We’d like to kick it off by inviting your employees to a special evening where you can learn more about us.” For more information, visit www.lucysgift.org/partner-with-lucys-gift.
About Lucy’s Gift
Founded in 2015, Lucy’s Gift is a retail boutique offering handbags, accessories, jewelry, and home décor items to support the efforts of the Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation (MJSF) to help children in need, crime victims and those who serve and protect us. All of LG’s net profits are donated to the MJSF to support an ever-increasing number of charities. LG is committed to providing outreach and support of local charities and nonprofit organizations, creating new alliances and partnerships with the public and business communities to make a real difference – one life at a time. Lucy’s Gift boutiques opened in Morristown, NJ, in 2015, Florham Park, NJ, in 2016, and online in 2017. www.lucysgift.org
About the Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation
Marisa Spagnoletti created the Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation (MJSF) 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 in New Jersey, one life at a time. MJSF contributes generously to charities to help children in need, crime victims and those who serve and protect us. Charities supported by MJSF include The Children of China Pediatrics Foundation, P.G. Chambers School, SAFE in Hunterdon, and new for 2017, The 200 Club of Morris County and The Foundation for Morristown Medical Center for the expansion of the Goryeb Children’s Hospital. For more information, visit www.mauricejspagnoletti.com. 4 About Marisa Spagnoletti Marisa Spagnoletti’s professional career spanned 26 years in various positions of leadership, sales management and marketing in the banking industry. In 2014 she founded the non-profit Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation to ensure the legacy of her beloved husband, Maurice J. Spagnoletti, lives on. The foundation has raised tens of thousands of dollars to help children in need, help crime victims, strive to end violence, and honor those who protect and serve. To support these charitable efforts, Marisa opened her first Lucy’s Gift boutique in 2015, followed by a second boutique in 2016, and launched an ecommerce site in 2017, with all net profits to charity. Marisa’s been honored as the 2014 National Professional Woman of the Year, was recipient of the 2015 Award of Hope and a proclamation from the State of New Jersey for her humanitarian efforts, and serves as a SAFE in Hunterdon Advisory Board member