Remembering Restaurateur Clare Sabatini

Atlantic Cape lost a long-time supporter, friend and celebrated alumna with the passing in April 2010 of Clare Sabatini of Ventnor.

Sabatini Graduates

Clare Sabatini’ 73 was a founding member of the Restaurant Gala committee and funded a scholarship for women.

Clare, who operated Sabatini's Restaurant in Atlantic City with her husband, Vincent, and family members, was one of the founding members of what is now called the Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala, which began in 1984. Although they closed the family restaurant in 2005, Clare stayed active on the Gala planning committee and attended the 2010 event despite limited mobility.

Her support of the College was longstanding. When she received a major financial settlement in a widely reported eminent domain fight with Donald Trump, she and her husband endowed a Foundation scholarship for female Atlantic Cape students returning to college. The Clare Barone and Vincent Sabatini Endowment Scholarship is awarded annually to a resident of Atlantic or Cape May counties who is seeking to return to the workforce or further her career.

Blazing a Trail for Other Women

It was a path she knew well and wanted to make possible for other women. In a 2003 interview for the College’s Alumni News, Clare said, “Atlantic Cape is very near and dear to me. With five children when I went back to school, I couldn’t have done it without the community college.” Clare graduated from Atlantic Cape in 1973 (then called Atlantic Community College) and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the former Glassboro State College and a master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She continued to take classes at Atlantic Cape “for fun.”

We are indebted to (Clare) and the Sabatini family for their ongoing support.

Her attendance at the College started a tradition that continued with successive generations. Since Clare’s graduation, her daughter Anna Maria and her granddaughter Anne Marie have earned associate degrees from the College and have pursued other degrees at various New Jersey colleges.

Clare’s contributions to her local community through civic and philanthropic engagement were extensive. A longtime Rotarian, she served as president of the Atlantic City Rotary in 2006. She was honored as New Jersey Mother of the Year in 2001.

“Clare was a wonderful friend of the Gala and the college,” said Dr. Patricia Gentile, College Dean, and Executive Director, Atlantic Cape Foundation. “We are indebted to her and the Sabatini family for their ongoing support.”