From left: Justine Coyle of Egg Harbor Township, Gala Steering Committee co-chair; Dr. Peter Mora of Palermo, president of Atlantic Cape Community College; and Fran Coppola of Galloway, Gala Steering Committee co-chair.
MAYS LANDING — The 30th anniversary Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala raised $145,000 for student scholarships and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations and showcased more than 50 of the region’s top restaurants at the March 14 event.
Bally’s Atlantic City hosted the annual fundraiser, which featured the theme, “Celebrate the 30 Knights.” The event showcased the talents of the culinary students at the Academy of Culinary Arts, who prepared thousands of sumptuous hot and cold hors d’oeuvres served during the cocktail reception.
The Atlantic Cape Foundation honored ACA graduate Chef Kevin Scull ’85 of Mays Landing, vice president of food and beverage at Golden Nugget, and the Donio and Crescenzo families, prominent Hammonton business leaders.
A “Dessert Extravaganza” organized by Chef Eugen Ess, master pastry chef at Trump Taj Mahal; Chef Deb Pellegrino ’92, ACA alumna and 2012 Restaurant Gala culinary honoree; and Chef Tree McCann, ACA chef educator, completed the evening.
Event sponsors were Caesars Foundation, Bally’s Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, The Press of Atlantic City, WMGM-TV NBC40, Cape Bank Charitable Foundation, Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo Warrington, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Bernie Robbins Jewelers.
A 50/50 raffle raised $12,000 for college scholarships. The first prize of $7,200 went to Suzanne Feye of Linwood, Linda Wohlman of Absecon and Ruth Latorre of Atlantic City; second-prize winner Ken Calemmo of Sea Isle City received $3,600; and third-prize winner Tom Pohlman of Linwood won $1,200.
Additionally, Dr. Craig Rosen of Linwood and Doug Walker of Ocean City each won a piece of jewelry from Bernie Robbins Jewelers.
The 31st annual Gala will be held March 13, 2014, at Bally’s Atlantic City. For more information about the Restaurant Gala, visit www.atlantic.edu/gala.