Event to benefit the  New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation Honoring Joseph J. Grano, Jr.

HOLMDEL, N.J. -The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation will honor New Vernon, NJ, resident Joseph J. Grano, Jr. during its annual fundraising event, "A Night at the Museum - 2012 Salute to Patriotism," on Friday, Oct. 12 from 6-9 p.m.  

Joseph J. Grano, Jr., originally from Hartford, CT now resides in New Vernon, NJ. He holds Honorary Doctorate of Law degrees from Pepperdine University and Babson College as well as Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Queens College, City University of New York and Central Connecticut State University. In addition, Grano also holds an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree from the University of New Haven.

Grano dropped out of Central Connecticut State University in 1967 to enlist in the United States Army. During basic training, Grano achieved the highest IQ score, resulting in an invitation to enroll in Officers Candidate School(OCS). He followed his desire to become a Green Beret, a member of the United States Special Forces. In 1968, First Lieutenant Grano was assigned to the Eighth Special Forces group in Panama, commanding a 12 man A Team. In 1971, he arrived in Vietnam at the Headquarters of the 198th Infantry Division, where he immediately took command of Company A, which had taken heavy losses on the Rock Pile. Grano was able to turn this demoralized and undisciplined company into an award-winning fighting unit. During a search for Vietcong, Captain Grano was severely wounded by a booby trap built from a grenade and 105 mm artillery round. Grano returned to the United States highly decorated and one of the youngest Captains in the United States Army.  

Currently, Grano is chairman and CEO of Centurion Holdings, LLC, a company that advises private and public companies. From 2001 to 2004, Grano was chairman and CEO of UBS Financial Services, Inc. (formerly UBS PaineWebber). Having joined the company in 1988, he is credited with turning PaineWebber around and shepherding its merger with Swiss banking giant, UBS. Grano began his career in 1973 as a stockbroker at Merrill Lynch, where he rose to various senior management positions over 16 years. He was also chairman of the Board of Governors of the NASD.

After 9/11, Grano was appointed by President George W. Bush to be chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, a position he held from 2001 to 2005. Grano is the recipient of countless awards for leadership and is involved in a wide range of philanthropic endeavors. He is a producer of the Tony Award-winning Broadway smash Jersey Boys and author of the book, You Can't Predict a Hero which was on the Business Week best seller list in 2009.

"We're thrilled to recognize Joseph J. Grano, Jr as this year's honoree at our annual 'Salute to Patriotism,'" remarked Bill Linderman, executive director of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation. "His level of service to our great country is unsurpassed, and we're privileged to honor his selfless and courageous contributions to the freedom of the United States." Mr. Grano will be interviewed by noted NBC Analyst, Jack Ford.

Guests are invited to participate in a silent auction, which will benefit the Foundation. Attendees will also be treated to an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and a dinner while enjoying the live music.

Admission is $175 per person. If you are interested in attending, sponsoring the event or making a donation, please call (732) 335-0033 or visit njvvmf.org.