Founded in 2010 by the Tesi family, it has accomplished dozens of projects
Love your neighbor as yourself. For six years, the non-profit Fondazione Giorgio Tesi has worked to help the weakest with this message in mind. This daily commitment and a sincere passion has inspired this small foundation, without any employees or expenses, which was set up by the Tesi family to help people in difficult situations and who are most in need. Over these last six years, the non-profit Fondazione Giorgio Tesi has become well-known, carrying out the dozens of projects proposed by institutions, associations, and individuals, almost all in support of the Pistoia community.
It has become one of the district’s most recognized and respected players for social advancement. There are many reasons for the growth in the foundation’s role but the most important has undoubtedly been the pragmatic solidarity expressed by its actions and completed projects, which includes donating a van to the association Raggi di Speranza in Stazione that supplies hot meals to the homeless, purchasing furniture for schools and kindergartens, donating plants for parks or gardens, student scholarships, contributing to associations that deal with the weakest, and publishing books that promote culture. During this period of economic crisis and with cutbacks in social cohesion networks, the foundation has generally sought to respond to this increase in hardship and loneliness by using the means at its disposal.
The foundation was established in 2010 to mark the tenth anniversary of the death on 26 January 2000 of the company’s founder Giorgio Tesi, as well as to remember his son Franco and brother Tullio who passed away too soon. On 26 May, the 90th anniversary of Giorgio Tesi’s birth, an evening was organized to present a book collecting all the projects and initiatives carried out by the foundation in the last three years.
Top representatives from local institutions and the Pistoia-based nursery company filled a particularly jam-packed conference room. Speakers at the event included the foundation’s president, Fabrizio Tesi; executive committee director, Carlo Vezzosi; the bishop of Pistoia, Mons. Fausto Tardelli; the city councilor for social policy, Tina Nuti; and the Giorgio Tesi Group’s general manager, Marco Cappellini.
Next to them, there were other institutional and political dignitaries who also took the floor: Prefect Angelo Ciuni, the Honorable Caterina Bini, regional councilors Massimo Baldi and Marco Niccolai in addition to Stefano Morandi, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of Pistoia and Prato, and Alessandra De Paola, city councilor for tourism of the Municipality of Montecatini Terme.