"Your support and generosity will help to assure that this foundation will continue to reach out and assist other families and help keep our mother’s spirit alive."

Sons of Margaret E. Iacoi
Joseph J. Iacoi, Jay A. Iacoi, John M. Iacoi, James A. Iacoi

New Partnership

The MEI Foundation is proud to announce that it has expanded its mission by partnering with the Catholic Foundation of Rhode Island

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Westerly – When Julio Iacoi died of a heart attack, 41-year old Margaret “Polly” Iacoi was left to raise four sons between the ages of 4 and 15.

With little money and a new mortgage, she persevered, creating a happy home for her children.

When Mrs. Iacoi died of cancer in 1990, her sons established The Margaret E. Iacoi Memorial Foundation for Widowed Mothers, awarding an annual gift to a woman in a situation similar to that of their mother. The seventh such award will be bestowed on Jan. 29, their mother’s birthday.

Her sons remember a woman of warmth and enthusiasm, who valued education and counseled them to carry themselves with pride.

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Past Recipients

2012 Mrs. Christine Day and Daughters
Mrs. Kate Donahue and Son
 Westerly, RI
2011 Ms. Pamela Bogue and Daughter Westerly, RI
2010 Mrs. Laura Chiaradio and Children
Family of the late Joseph Ferrucci, Esquire
Westerly, RI
East Greenwich, RI
2009 Ms. Stephanie Turner and Children Pawcatuck, CT
2008 Mrs. Mary Lynne Donahue & Family Westerly, RI
2007 Ms. Joanne Meeker and Children
Ms. Linda Teodosio-Lauria and Son
Westerly, RI
Westerly, RI
2006 Ms. Kathleen K. Swain & Family
The Family of Stephanie Falck
Westerly, RI
Westerly, RI
2005 Ms. Cynthia Vettese & Family
Ms. Jennifer Ladyka & Family
Westerly, RI
Westerly, RI
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