Dr. Guarasci then spoke. He began with, "Jamie is also a student at Wagner College and I had the pleasure of having her in one of my classes. She is not only beautiful, but very smart, too. We are proud to have her represent us." Well, thank you President Guarasci! He then continued on to his welcome and I was glad because my face must have been bright red at that point.
Congratulations to the night's honorees - Chief Gerard A. Barbara (posthumously), Michael M. Menicucci, Esq., Fran Liggio Meyers, and Fran Reali - to the recipient of the Renaissance Award - Kathryn Krause Rooney - and to the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient - Dr. Louis Gianvito. The night also included guest speaker, Tom Santopietro, who wrote The Godfather Effect: Changing Hollywood, America, and Me. He was funny, insightful, and perfectly described the Italian way of life.