Cento Amici dinner featured in ROI-NJ

At Cento Amici, education (and a Medal of Honor recipient) always are front and center

Like seemingly all Medal of Honor recipients, Col. Jack Jacobs is humble and unassuming. He’s funny, too.

That’s why, during a speech before scholarship winners last week at the 35th annual Cento Amici scholarship dinner and auction, Jacobs had everyone roaring with tales regarding his love of food, rather than seeking affirmation for his actions during the Vietnam War that make him a national hero.

Read more here: https://www.roi-nj.com/2023/10/09/education/at-cento-amici-education-and-a-medal-of-honor-winner-always-are-front-and-center/

Interview with Cento Amici member Jack Morris

‘We’ve just scratched the surface:’ Morris sees continued investments in workforce, property as Hard Rock marks five years in Atlantic City

June 28, 2023

By Joshua Burd, Real Estate NJ

Five years in, the work has only just begun for the team behind the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.

That’s according to Jack Morris, the real estate magnate and co-owner of the boardwalk resort, who said the partnership plans to continue the types of investments that have defined the property since it opened in 2018. That includes everything from renovated suites and a new high-end lounge overlooking the Atlantic Ocean to an ongoing focus on rehabilitating and employing former nonviolent offenders in the city.

“That’s really what initially got us involved in Atlantic City — to see how we could help a city that was so important and iconic,” said Morris, the CEO of Edgewood Properties. “And just to be part of that revitalization is near and dear to my heart.”

Read more: https://re-nj.com/morris-sees-continued-investments-in-workforce-property-upgrades-as-hard-rock-marks-five-years-in-atlantic-city/

Cento Amici Chairman Robert Zito’s Guest Editorial in North Jersey

Discrimination in plain sight: College athletes on F-1 visas are missing out | Opinion

College athletes now have a well-deserved opportunity to earn money from their name, image and likeness.

Except for about 20,000 of them.

There are about 187,000 college athletes, of whom about 20,000 student-athletes are attending U.S. colleges on F-1 visas. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress passed The Patriot Act, which forbids students from outside the United States from earning money while attending school, unless they are employed by their school and on campus.

You’re not going to get any arguments from me about strengthening national security. I was in the South Tower on 9/11, having coffee with a friend before the first plane hit the North Tower. By the time both planes hit, I was just three blocks away at the New York Stock Exchange.

Read the whole story here: https://www.northjersey.com/story/opinion/2023/04/13/college-athletes-f-1-visas-name-image-likeness-rules/70107139007/

Cento Amici member Steve Pikiell on NJ Biz “Power List”

No. 10: Steve Pikiell

2023 Power 100

The trajectory of sports is notoriously difficult to predict, especially on the collegiate level. In years past, these pages have featured Greg Schiano, the head coach of Rutgers University’s football team, and Woody Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets. In both cases the teams seemed headed in a positive direction.

That did not last long. But there is reason to believe that Pikiell can buck that trend.

In his six seasons as the head men’s basketball coach at Rutgers, Pikiell has transformed the program from a national punch line into a force in the Big 10 Conference. Rutgers has emerged as a legitimate contender for a conference championship and, more important, has made the NCAA tournament for two consecutive years – and would have made it three but for the COVID-19 pandemic. Barring an epic and unlikely collapse, the Scarlet Knights will make the Big Dance again this year.

Read the rest on NJBiz.com: No. 10: Steve Pikiell – NJBIZ

Great honor for our Board member, Col. Jack Jacobs.

Rutgers University Foundation campaign honors Col. Jack Jacobs’ heroism in Vietnam with Opportunity Fund to support Rutgers’ military-affiliated students.

One year after graduating from Rutgers College at the height of the Vietnam war, a young ROTC-trained Army advisor named Jack Jacobs made a heroic rescue that earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor—a distinction few soldiers live to receive.

During an ill-fated mission in 1967 that left his commander disabled and his unit in chaos amid heavy casualties, Jacobs took control, ordering a withdrawal and forming a defense line at a more secure position.

Then, despite suffering head and arm wounds and impaired vision, Jacobs repeatedly ran across open rice paddies through heavy fire for hours to evacuate the wounded, personally saving a fellow advisor, the wounded company commander, and 12 other allied soldiers.

In honor of his exceptional act and years of subsequent service, the Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services at Rutgers is launching a campaign to have Veteran’s House at Rutgers named after the retired Army colonel and raise $500,000 to create an opportunity fund that will support military-affiliated students at Rutgers.

Read entire story here: https://support.rutgers.edu/news-stories/veterans-house-at-rutgers-to-be-named-after-medal-of-honor-alumnus/