Meet The Members

Claire Spano: As a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother it has always been my job to make sure that my children appreciate what they have and learn to share regardless of the bounty they have. My goal was for them to learn the difference of needs and wants and helping from the heart and not the ego. My actions have been a testimony to my teaching. I help the sick, take in the lonely and support my community through my time, talent and treasure.

Thomas Spano: I am the current president of the Spano Family Charitable Foundation. I’ve always believed that it is everyone’s responsibility to help those in need. There are many ways to help. If you don’t have the time to volunteer or are not comfortable doing so, you always have the option of financially supporting those organizations that are setup to help. The important part is finding an outlet you can be passionate about and supporting it in any way that you feel comfortable. I am currently volunteering with The Dream Factory of Jersey Shore, who help little children who are ill by making their dreams come true.

Mary Spano Gleckner : I am involved in many local organizations from our church and schools to county organizations like the Jersey Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross and the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and internationally for Swaziland Relief. My social concern is the health, education and safety of children all over the world. Every child deserves to be loved and I want to make sure that happens.

Gary Mangino: The opportunity to serve is important to me in demonstration of the concept “For everyone to whom much is given, of him much shall be required” My involvement in the foundation provides me not only the opportunity to give back but to do so in a multi-generational way with the inclusion of my Daughters Antonia 15 and Gianna 12. The blessings afforded me in my life are simply on loan and we all have a obligation to use them to the best of our abilities to help others.

Other members of Foundation include James Spano, Joseph Spano, Diane Spano, Thomas Gleckner, and Tony Psomas.