About MCS Foundation
The Matthew C. Sellitto (MCS) Foundation was established after Matthew’s death on September 11, 2001 to make something positive out of a tragic loss. Since its inception, MCS has awarded scholarships to students attending various institution and summer programs and in conjunction with the 9/11 Tribute Center in New York City, has supported educational programs to provide students with a greater understanding of the events of 9/11. This has been accomplished through fundraising efforts related to the Foundation’s annual golf outing, as well as through private and corporate donations.
The Foundation has established endowments at Wesley College, Providence College, Seton Hall Prep and The Portsmouth Abbey School and awards scholarships through the National Football College Hall of Fame’s Collier County, Florida and Morris County, New Jersey Chapters.
Our Foundation also endorses various worthy causes which are representative of what both Matthew and Jonathan cherished during their lives.
Matthew C. Sellitto
September 30, 1977 – September 11, 2001
From the time he was in eighth grade, Matthew dreamed of working in Finance. He was ecstatic to work as a college intern with Paine Webber in Vermont and it was a dream come true when he obtained a position with Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. Determined to succeed, every workday he made sure he was the first in and the last to leave. Hired as a trainee in the brokerage firm’s Interest Rate Derivatives Group, he was promoted in less than six months. He began his new job on September 10, 2001.
In addition to his passion for business, Matthew developed a love of golf. As a teenager, he caddied at Somerset Hills Country Club in Bernardsville, NJ and had become an impressive player. On September 9, 2001 he and his father played a round of golf together at SHCC and agreed it would become their weekly ritual.
Matthew’s smile was electric – it was the first thing someone noticed when they met him. He was slim and of average height, but every inch was pure energy. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to have fun. He was devoted to his family and friends.
Jonathan D. Sellitto
April 27, 1982 – March 15, 2017Jonathan was the younger of the Sellitto brothers and from the time he was a small child, he was passionate about life and all it had to offer. With an unbelievable spirit, a fearless sense of loyalty and an endless range of humor, Jonathan’s life and future took a sudden turn on 9/11 when his brother was killed in the World Trade Center; many of the future plans they had made together were tragically lost.
While taking a summer trip through Italy in 2003, Jonathan found his passion at the Culinary Institute of Florence and returned to Italy after graduating from the College of Charleston to pursue his dream as a charcutier. Jonathan partnered with a dear friend, Chef Angus Brown, to open their restaurant, LUSCA, in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to running the charcuterie program, he was instrumental in helping LUSCA achieve the recognition of being named a top new restaurant in 2015 by GQ Magazine and as a James Beard Award semi-finalist.
It was clear to all who knew Jonathan that the center of his universe was his daughter, Finley, who even at her young age reflects his joyful spirit. He was passionate about many things in life, especially his family and friends. So importantly, he was able to add humor to almost any situation he encountered.