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Restaurant Gala Raises $152,000 for Student Scholarships

April 2, 2014

The 31st annual Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala raised $152,000 for student scholarships and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations and showcased nearly 40 of the region’s top restaurants at the March 13 event.

Bally’s Atlantic City hosted the annual fundraiser, which featured the theme, “The Greatest Gala on Earth.” 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 Peter Slavin ’84, creative director and ice sculptor at Fear No Ice Philly; and Anthony Catanoso and Steel Pier Associates.

Slavin and his ice-sculpting team wowed gala-goers with an ice-carving demo accompanied by lights, music and anticipation of what the final carving would be.

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

Event sponsors were Caesars Foundation, Bally’s Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, WMGM-TV NBC40, Cape Bank Charitable Foundation, Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Bernie Robbins Jewelers.

A 50/50 raffle raised $10,350 for college scholarships. The first prize of $6,210 went to Charles Pessagno of Galloway; second-prize winner Margaret Kent of Hammonton received $3,105; and third-prize winner Matt Daley of Woodbine won $1,035.

The 2015 Gala will be held Thursday, March 26, at Bally’s.

For more information about the Restaurant Gala, visit