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The Winterfest Scheduled for January 2022 has been cancelled due to COVID-19.  We’ll post updates when the status changes.



An evening of good food, good wine, good music and fun! Benefiting Ave Maria Home, Catholic Schools Scholarship Fund, UNICO and Wings of Ave Maria was held Sunday, January 19, 2020 at St. Benedict at Auburndale 8250 Varnavas Drive Cordova, TN.  Pictures will be posted soon.  The 2021 Winterfest will be held Sunday January 17, 2021.  Please save the date.

$40 per person in advance, $45 at the door.

Contact Ave Maria home Lisa Bell 901-405-3791 or Catholic Schools office Janet Donato 901-373-1221 or Michael Spano 901-832-2594



UNICO National Memphis Chapter Foundation (UMCF)

Contact Michael Spano for more information about the UNICO Memphis Chapter Foundation (UMCF) Mobile 901-832-2594


Greeting:        Click Here to see Trustees

Benvenuti a tutti!  Welcome Everyone!  The Foundation is dedicated to the UNICO motto of “Service above Self”.  We are an Italian American service organization devoted to the betterment of our community.  The Foundation raises money through donations, special projects and various events.  Money raised is donated directly to the particular charity for which an event or fundraiser was held.  The officers and Trustees are volunteers and receive no compensation for the many hours they put into the Foundation.

The Foundation is an IRS recognized 501c3 organization with the sole purpose of raising money to donate to the charities supported by UNICO.  The Foundation teams up with the UNICO National Memphis Chapter for regular monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of each month. This is  combination business meeting and social gathering.  Check the Calendar of events for location details.  If you’re Italian or married to an Italian please come joins for some fun.  To have your organization considered for a donation please see the grant request options below.

Please read the mission statement for specific Foundation details.

Mille Grazie! A thousand thanks!

Foundation Mission

Grant Requests:

The UMCF is happy to consider all grant requests that conform to our Objectives as stated on the Welcome Page.  A few things to note before you fill out your request will be helpful.  We cannot fund salaries, license fees nor transportation.  We are happy to fund scientific research and especially like to fund equipment that can be used pursuant to our objectives.  Please select the appropriate Grant Request for the amount of your request.

Foundation_Grant_Application_1000_or less




UNICO Memphis Foundation CHARTER 5


Columbus Statue Relocation

Columbus Facts and Fiction Video

Click this link to view a Youtube video of an academic account of Christopher Columbus that will inform viewers of the truisms and falsehoods that surround Columbus with historical facts, not unproven rhetoric.

Columbus Statue Relocation to Marquette Park Project

Here are the photos of the plaques installed recently at the Columbus Statue.

To Make a Donation

If you donate an amount equal to or greater than $500.00 you will need to fill in the Additional Comments Box when the donation form pops up and type in exactly how you want your name to appear on the engraving. 36 characters maximum.

To make a Secure Credit Card payment click the Button below:

Rather use PayPal Instead? Click the PayPal Donate Button Below:

When the PayPal screen comes up enter Columbus Statue in the Purpose box and if you are donating $500 or more don’t forget to enter what you want engraved in stone up to 36 characters on the payment confirmation page. Click the blue + to open the comment box to enter this detail.

To pay by check make checks payable to UNICO Memphis Chapter Foundation. Please note Columbus Statue on check Memo and mail to:

UNICO Memphis Chapter Foundation
4134 Canada Rd.
Lakeland, TN 38002

If you have any questions please contact President Michael Spano via email at or via telephone at 901-832-2594.


Michael J. Spano President UNICO Memphis Chapter Foundation, Inc.


UNICO Charity Golf Tournament


NO Golf Tournaments are are planned at this time.

When a tournament is planned we’ll post it here as soon as the date and location is finalized.  For your convenience we have posted the  fees and you can conveniently pay online with your credit card by scrolling down and selecting Make Secure Payment or the PayPal button.  There is a service charge included for credit card payments.

To pay for Golf with a CREDIT CARD online here

Cost for a Hole Sponsorship is $100.00

Cost for a Single Player is $154.00

Cost for a 4 Player Team is $615.00

Cost for a 4 Player Team and Mulligans is $697.00

Cost for a 4 Player Team, Mulligans and Hole Sponsor is $800.00


Paypal user? Click the Paypal Donate Button below

Please type in “Golf Payment” in the purpose box on the PayPal page

For questions regarding the golf tournament, payment options, registration or UNICO contact Michael Spano at


President’s Communication



Hope everyone is doing well. 

The Regular meetings are the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00PM.  We need to see you!  Please plan on joining us for dinner.  The location is listed on the home page

As always you can find all this information and more on the website at

Yours in UNICO,

 Robert Raiteri, President



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Chapter Events and Information

Chapter Events

Due to COVID19 all scheduled events have been placed on hold.  We will post newly scheduled events as we are allowed to have them again.

Recent Accomplishments 

The UNICO Memphis Chapter Foundation has completed donations for the Columbus Statue restoration and relocation project from Columbus Park to Marquette Park.  Click the Columbus Statue category on the left for more information on how you can still make a tax deductible contribution today.  We are working on the design for the sponsor name engraving.  Wouldn’t it be great to see your family name engraved in perpetuity!!!

Our mission statement:

To contribute to the well-being of our local communities of the nation by making significant contributions to deserving local and national charities. UNICO strives to honor, perpetuate and disseminate the culture and ethnic heritage of our Italian immigrant ancestors, by supporting higher education and by educating and informing our members, local communities and our nation.

Our objectives:

To promote and enhance the Image of Italian Americans; for members to be of service to the community; to promote Italian heritage and culture; to promote, support and assist charitable, scientific, cultural, educational, and literary projects; to promote members’ interest in public welfare; and, to cooperate with others in civic, social and cultural development.

UNICO Memphis Chapter Foundation:

The Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that was created to provide our chapter with a broader outreach and to benefit our contributors with a better tax advantage.  Our objectives are the same as the objectives for the UNICO Memphis Chapter and when you join the UNICO Memphis Chapter you automatically become a member of the Foundation.  All fundraising initiatives and grant requests are managed by the Foundation Trustees. Members are welcome and encouraged to attend the Foundation meetings.  To apply for a donation meeting our objectives please fill out the appropriate Grant Request form under the Foundation category on the left. 

Join UNICO Memphis Today:

Single membership annual dues are only $100.00.  A married couple may join for only $175.00 annually.  Download a Membership application here.  Membership Application

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Memphis Animal Services Roxie Training Academy Fund

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Rather use PayPal Instead? Click the PayPal Donate Button Below:

When the PayPal screen comes up enter Roxie Fund in the Purpose box.


For questions regarding the Donation, payment options or UNICO contact Michael Spano at


Animal Services Roxie Training Academy  Mission

The UNICO Foundation is raising money to fund The Roxie (the pom) Conway Training Academy at Memphis Animal Services.   The training academy is to promote successful pet adoptions.  Many pets are being returned due to unrealistic owner expectations of an untrained adopted pet.  With the Training Academy program, pets will get some basic training to ensure successful pet adoptions.

The Inspiration

The Legend of Roxie – a Great Service Dog for Jack Conway

Five weeks before Roxie (the pom) passed, I was eating left over spaghetti while sitting on the couch.  Roxie started barking at me (which was very rare), I didn’t pay attention to her so she started to kick the couch to get my attention.  I still didn’t pay attention to her.  Finally, she placed her paws on my knees then suddenly raised her paws and hit the plate of spaghetti and I was shocked to see the plate of spaghetti fly up into the air and land upside down on the couch.  Only then did I realize that she was trying to tell me something.  I immediately took my blood pressure.  It was 87/56, much too low for me.  Unknown to me I was going into kidney failure due to the chronically low blood pressure.  My medical issues were resolved in the subsequent months thanks to Roxie.  She was the kind of dog that just mesmerized everyone.  The way she pranced and the way she held herself.  It was love at first sight for me and many, many other people.

Why we do it

To secure funding that will provide training to precious animals by qualified trainers to help ensure that shelter pets will be able to stay in the homes of the loving pet owners that save them by following these objectives:

  1. To help reduce/ eliminate animal euthanasia due to lack of space.
  2. To support increasing the number of foster homes through incentives.
  3. To support increasing the number of volunteers through incentives.
  4. To support dog training before adoption.
  5. To support programs to send trainees to adopted animal homes post adoption to reduce relapses into previous behavior patterns.
  6. To support research on animal assist dogs (animals) to quantify benefits to patients and dogs.
  7. To support the acquisition of service dogs within the community.
For questions regarding payment options or about UNICO, contact Michael Spano at


Trivia Night

Flyer will be posted here once we are cleared to have an event due to COVID19.

Trivia Night Details

Trivia Night Through The Decades Saturday March 20, 2021 at CBHS.  Setup 6:00 PM Game Starts at 7:00 PM. BYOB Setups and Snacks Provided.  $15.00 Per Person


Pizza With Santa


The UNICO Memphis Chapter Foundation is an IRS recognized 501c3 and donations are tax deductible.  As always consult your tax adviser.  Pizza with Santa was on December 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Madonna Learning Center.  The date for the event in 2021 has not been selected, but is usually the first Saturday in December.  

Flyer will be posted here when a date is finalized.

Donate to Pizza With Santa for Madonna with a CREDIT CARD online here


Paypal user? Click the Paypal Donate Button below

Please type in “Pizza With Santa” in the Add a note box on the PayPal page


Pizza With Santa Madonna December 2019  

For questions regarding the Donation, payment options or UNICO contact Michael Spano at