ANN ARBOR —The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan has elected Patrick A. Rugiero as a new member of the board of directors.
Rugiero has been very involved with the NKFM over the past year. He joined the 2014 Kidney Ball Executive Committee and was co-chair of the Auction Committee which brought in more than $120,000 to the event. He co-hosted the Kidney Ball VIP Launch Party and participated in the NKFM’s first Kidney 10K run last October. He has also been named as the Chair of the 2015 Kidney Ball.
Aside from his relationship with the NKFM, Rugiero is involved with several other charitable, philanthropic, and civic causes. He sits on the board of the Downtown Development Authority and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority in the Township of Canton. He is also on the Fundraising Committee for Center for Exceptional Families, which provides clinical care and support for children with special needs and their families. Rugiero serves on the Executive Committee and co-chaired the Magnum Auction Committee of Oakwood Healthcare Foundation’s “Wine for the Spirit” event that occurred last November.
After Rugiero’s father passed away from complications related to diabetes, he and his family created The Rugiero Promise Foundation – a nonprofit organization that raises money through various fundraising efforts for research, treatment, care and a cure for diabetes.
Rugiero and his three brothers operate the Roman Village family of restaurants that their parents founded 50 years ago. Rugiero’s mother is still very active in the family business, though is also a diabetic.