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Cape May County's 'Women of Wonder' to Host Second Annual Event Oct. 24

September 25, 2012

Cape May County’s “Women of Wonder LeagueSM” will gather at a “super-secret” location high atop the Wildwoods, 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, for their second annual meeting and to honor the 2012 Women of Wonder award recipient.

The “WOW” event, spearheaded by Dr. Patricia Gentile, dean of Atlantic Cape Community College’s Cape May County Campus, and Maria Kellett, director of major gifts, will focus attention on the ongoing education needs of at-risk students in Cape Educational COMPACT, the county’s alternative high school. The college and COMPACT have a long and successful relationship that has significantly reduced dropouts, bolstered high school graduation and has encouraged graduates to pursue higher education.

The pre-Halloween meet and greet is part of Atlantic Cape’s “Create Opportunity” Capital & Scholarship Campaign. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite superhero costumes.

 Dr. Gentile hopes other members of the newly formed WOW League will join her in contributing to a Scholarship Fund to support COMPACT students in attending classes at Atlantic Cape to further expand their educational horizons. COMPACT is also looking for volunteers for mentoring and educational experiences in support of their students.

“COMPACT students have not made it in the traditional high school setting, but there are many reasons—some have medical issues, some are victims of violence, some are in foster homes, some are homeless,” Dr. Gentile said. “I’ve been so inspired by students I’ve met, their stories of courage and the daunting challenges they face. I’d like to ensure they can find the superhero inside to realize their dreams of a college education,” she said.

The evening’s program will showcase COMPACT students and a talk by two of the program’s graduates. Dr. Gentile and COMPACT Principal Tracey Staab also will bestow a special commendation on Martina Singleton of Galloway, sexual assault program counselor at Coalition Against Rape and Abuse, Inc. Singleton has more than 15 years of experience at C.A.R.A, where she raises awareness through a variety of programs and activities to help victims of abuse in the community. Singleton has been a strong ally for COMPACT students who have been victims of violence.

Potential Cape May County “Women of Wonder” interested in attending to learn more about Atlantic Cape Community College programs with Cape Educational COMPACT should RSVP at Refreshments will be served and costumes are optional.

“Create Opportunity: The Capital & Scholarship Campaign for Atlantic Cape Community College,” is the college’s first major gifts campaign. The campaign has two initiatives: increase college-based financial assistance by enhancing the scholarship endowment and secure funding to purchase furnishings and scientific equipment for the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics facility to be built on the Mays Landing Campus. To learn more about Atlantic Cape’s Capital & Scholarship Campaign and other investment opportunities, contact Maria Kellett, director of major gifts, at (609) 463-3670 or, or visit