UNICO Kansas City's History

Coming To AmericaUNICO National was founded in 1931, by American businessmen of Italian ancestry, as a way of giving back to communities across America. The Kansas City Chapter of UNICO National was chartered in 1949, and since then has raised thousands of dollars annually to assist worthy charities, organizations, families and individuals in need. Dr. D. M. Nigro was instrumental in founding the chapter, and later served as president of UNICO National.

The Kansas City Chapter of UNICO donates thousands of dollars annually offering scholarship assistance to help promising high school students continue their education and realize their civic potential. Qualifications for UNICO scholarships are based upon the uncompromising principles of citizenship, honesty and integrity.

The UNICO motto is "Service Above Self." The entire chapter membership is committed to giving a hand up, helping people in need. The Kansas City Chapter of UNICO is not-for-profit under 501 (c)(3). Every dollar generated by UNICO Kansas City supports its charitable endeavors.

For over 50 years, the Kansas City Chapter of UNICO recognized significant achievements of local citizens and community leaders at its annual "I Am an American" awards banquet. Past honorees include: Mayor H. Roe Bartel (1953), Henry J. Massman (1955), Senator Stuart Symington (1958), J. Dillingham (1960), Ewing Kauffman (1970), Dr. George A. Russell (1986), Bill Grigsby (1987), William H. Dunn (1990), and Tony Severino (2002). These are but a few of the prestigious recipients over the past five decades.

Over the years UNICO has contributed to numerous organizations, some are listed below: 

The Dream Factory Mayor's X-MAS Tree Fund   United Cerebral Palsey
Boy Scouts of America Salvation Army Sheperd Center
Catholic Charities Avila College Don Bosco Center
City of Hope Rockhurst University National Jewish Hospital
St. Vincent Society Mo-Kan. Fleet Reserve  



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Service Above Self

UNICO Translated from the Italian means "Only One of its Kind", and the letters are interpreted Unity — Neighborliness — Integrity — Charity and — Opportunity.

UNICO is not-for-profit under 501 (c)(3).