Restaurant Gala Raises $234,700 for Student Scholarships

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The 33rd annual Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala, with the help of guests, sponsors and donors, raised $234,700, and showcased 40 of the region’s top restaurants at the March 24 event. The proceeds from this event will benefit students at the Academy of Culinary Arts, leadership development programs and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations.

Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City hosted the annual fundraiser, which featured the theme, “MISSION: POSSIBLE.” 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 Academy of Culinary Arts graduate Chef Stephen Serano ’96, owner of Café Loren in Avalon; and brothers Will and Jack Will Morey, operators of Morey’s Piers.

The evening ended with an elegant dessert reception co-organized by Chef Deborah Pellegrino of Caesars Entertainment and Chef Michael D’Angelo of the Academy of Culinary Arts.

Event sponsors were Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Morey’s Piers, Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo, Cape Bank, Ameriprise Financial, Golden Nugget Atlantic City, Resorts Casino & Hotel, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Nelbud Services Group Inc., Longport Media, SNJ Today, The Press of Atlantic City, Atlantic County Utilities Authority, U.S. Army, AtlantiCare, Rutgers University, South Jersey Industries, SOSH Architects, UBS Wealth Management, Tropicana Atlantic City, U.A. Local Union 322 Plumbers and Steamfitters, Wildwood Boardwalk SID Management Corp., Bernie Robbins Jewelers, Atlantic City Electric, Kaleidoscope Printing and Promotional Products Inc., Nehmad, Perillo & Davis; O’Donnell & Naccarato Structural Engineers, BCA Insurance, Allied Beverage Group, LLC; Tito’s Handmade Vodka, The Good Vibes Booth, and Inspirephotos Lifestyle Photography.

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