The Rosemarie “Ro Ro” Ferranto Fund
Established in 2015 by the Ferranto Family to honor Ro Ro’s love for her family and her courageous battle with ALS. In recognition of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s patient care team, the fund will support Chapter’s Patient Services Program.
Rosemarie Ferranto, the daughter of Italian immigrants, grew up working on her family’s mushroom farm not far from Buona Foods’ present location. In 1972, RoRo, as she is known to friends and family, began supplying local grocers and restaurateurs with mushrooms. Her love of people and her products enabled her business to grow steadily. Three years later, her husband Robert “Bear” Ferranto came on board, bringing 26 years of production management experience, and helped to expand the business in both size and scope. In the years that followed, their three children—Robert, Peter and Gale—also joined the company, each contributing talent and expertise that has helped Buona continue to grow into one of the most prominent mushroom companies in the region.
RoRo was also a member of the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce, a past board member of the Kennett Area Senior Center, a founder of the Mushroom Food Booth at the popular Pennsylvania Farm show, and also was the recipient of the “Best 50 Women in Business” in Pennsylvania award, as well as the mother of three, and beloved grandmother of four.