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Cape May County’s ‘Women of Wonder’ Raise $6,650 For Cape Educational COMPACT Students

November 6, 2013

Cape May County’s “Women of Wonder” League joined forces to raise $6,650 for Atlantic Cape Community College tuition assistance for Cape Educational COMPACT students during the third annual event Oct. 29. 

The league met at a “super-secret” location in Stone Harbor, which featured a pre-Halloween superhero-themed reception, where guests wore costumes representing their favorite superheroes.

Guest speakers included: Dr. Patricia Gentile, Atlantic Cape’s dean of advancement, enrollment management & Cape May County Campus and WOW co-creator; E. Marie Hayes, Cape May County Freeholder; Barbara J. Makoski, superintendent, Cape May County Special Services School District; Tracey Staab, principal, Cape Educational COMPACT; Noel Hiers, director, School Based Youth Services at Cape May County Technical High School and 2013 Woman of Wonder award recipient; Diane T. McKoy, CPA, Atlantic Cape Foundation president; and Cape Educational COMPACT graduates Roxanne LaPlant and Jon Ferguson.

“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,” Gentile said.

Potential Cape May County “Women of Wonder” league members who are interested in contributing to the Scholarship Fund to support COMPACT students attending classes at Atlantic Cape can donate online at They can also contact Gentile at 609-463-4507 or

The “WOW” event was created in 2011 by Gentile and Maria Kellett, director of resource development to focus attention on the ongoing education needs of at-risk students in Cape Educational COMPACT, the county’s alternative high school.