Atlantic Cape Community College http://www.atlantic.edu News at Atlantic Cape Community College Atlantic Cape Trustees Approve $41 Million Budget, Adopt Tuition and Fee Schedule http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2141 <p>Atlantic Cape Community College&rsquo;s Board of Trustees adopted a $41,085,000 FY&rsquo;16 revenue budget and voted to increase tuition and some fees to support the fiscal plan when the group met at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus March 24.</p> <p>The FY&rsquo;16 budget, a decrease of $100,000 over the previous year&rsquo;s budget, includes $8,407,171 in county appropriations contingent upon approval by the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of School Estimate, a group composed of college and Atlantic and Cape May County officials. The state will contribute a projected $5.5 million in operating aid. Support from the counties for the college&rsquo;s fiscal year and state operating aid remained the same for FY&rsquo;16.</p> <p>General tuition will rise to $116 a credit from $113, a 2.65 percent increase. The average increase in tuition rates for general, culinary arts and online tuition is 2.8 percent. The new tuition and fee schedule begins with the 2015 summer session.</p> <p>Mandatory fees (general, activity and facilities) will increase an average of 3.1 percent, bringing the total general per credit cost to $142.20 from $138.40 in FY&rsquo;15. A student taking 24 general credits a year--Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s typical student--will see a $91.20 a year increase for a total of $3,412.80, up from $3,321.60 in FY&rsquo;15.</p> <p>Treasurer Maria Mento said the new tuition and fee schedule provides the college the necessary revenue to meet its budgetary requirements and that &ldquo;Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s tuition and fee ranking in the sector is expected to remain in the lower third.&rdquo;</p> <p>The budget approved is down slightly from last year&rsquo;s fiscal plan and includes an $835,120 fund balance transfer. It projects a 30 percent increase in nursing credits and a 4 percent decline in credit enrollments due to changing demographics in the college&rsquo;s service district.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>In Personnel Activity, the Board:</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; --Approved Brittany Holmes of Somers Point, program coordinator, national emergency grant, effective March 25.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; --Approved Lorraine Luderitz of Ventnor, financial aid specialist, financial aid, effective March 25.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; --Approved the resignation of C. Michael Capen of Bellmawr, graphic designer, college relations, effective March 27.</p> <p><strong>Contracts and Purchases:</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; --SimMan Manikin for $99,656.89 and SimMom Manikin for $64,129.49, Laerdal Medical Corporation, Wappingers Falls, NY.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; --Subgrant funding available on a reimbursement basis from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development for the Atlantic City Re-Employment (ACRE) Project over the subcontract period of 12/15/2014 through 12/14/2015, up to $200,000.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; --Online training services, Professional Impact NJ, a project of Kean University, funded by NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development, up to $373,064, over the term of April 2015 through March 2016.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>In Other Business, the Board:</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; --Approved the February 2015 financial statement.</p> <p><strong>In the President&rsquo;s Report:</strong></p> <p>-- Dr. Mora spoke about attending Student Lobbying Day in Trenton with Board of Trustees Alumni Representative Briar Gibbons; Interim Dean, Resource Development &amp; President/Board of Trustees Operations Jean McAlister; Atlantic Cape Counselor Hal Lugerner and three Atlantic Cape students. The purpose of the event was to increase the awareness of legislators of the key role our nineteen community colleges play in enhancing access to high quality, affordable higher education for undeserved populations. Each member of the team met with assemblymen and senators and the students were able to tell their story of how attending Atlantic Cape has benefited them. According to Dr. Mora, &ldquo;We made sure that our students&rsquo; stories were told to the legislature so they could put a face to the numbers. They can see we have people here that need their services.&rdquo; Student Lobbying Day was coordinated by the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges, whose mission is to provide statewide leadership and coordinate efforts for the advancement of the nineteen community colleges of New Jersey.</p> <p><strong>The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, at the Mays Landing Campus. All are welcome to attend.</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2140 <p>Careme&rsquo;s Restaurant at Atlantic Cape Community College&rsquo;s Academy of Culinary Arts is the venue of choice for vegan fine dining in South Jersey.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Careme&rsquo;s will open its doors to the public to celebrate the change of season during a <strong>Spring Celebration Dinner</strong>, hosted by the American Vegan Society, 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 30, and Tuesday, March 31.</p> <p>Academy of Culinary Arts students, under the instruction of ACA chef educators Vincent Tedeschi and Joseph Sheridan, will prepare and present the meal. The menu includes buffalo cauliflower florets, puree of asparagus and potato, strawberry and cucumber salad, grilled portabella and eggplant tian, and Key lime pie.</p> <p>Cost to attend the dinner is $34 ($24 for student and low-income).</p> <p>For information about AVS event menus, pricing and reservations, contact the American Vegan Society at (856) 694-2887, or visit www.americanvegan.org.</p> <p>Careme&rsquo;s Restaurant is located in M-Building on the Mays Landing campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. Learn more about the ACA&rsquo;s gourmet restaurant at www.atlantic.edu/aca, or call (609) 343-4940 to make reservations for your next event.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Atlantic Cape Announces Spring Open House Events http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2139 <p>Atlantic Cape Community College will provide information for those looking to earn their degree, begin a new career or enhance job skills at an open house, noon-2 p.m., Sunday, April 12. This event will take place in the gymnasium in Jonathan Pitney Hall at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.&nbsp;</p> <p>Attendees will have the opportunity to meet college faculty and staff, apply for admission, tour the campus, learn about financial aid options and discover how to launch a new career with a college degree or short-term training certificate.</p> <p>Programs and departments represented include: Financial Aid, the Academy of Culinary Arts, Allied Health, Continuing Education and Admissions.</p> <p>The college will also host open houses at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd., from 10 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, April 14, and at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, from 4-6 p.m., April 14.</p> <p>The events are free. Register to attend an open house at <a href="../../openhouse/">http://www.atlantic.edu/openhouse/</a> or contact Carol Fraone at (609) 343-5009 or cfraone@atlantic.edu.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Workshops Teach Tips to Save Money http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2138 <p>Atlantic Cape Community College is offering the &ldquo;Saving Money Series&rdquo; through its Continuing Education division for those interested in learning tips to stretch their dollar.</p> <p><strong>Couponing 101</strong> will review all aspects of how to use coupons to maximize their value and pick up free products on a weekly basis, 9-11 a.m., four Mondays beginning April 13, $69.</p> <p><strong>Saving Money at the Wine Shop</strong> will cover the ins and outs of how to reduce your receipt total, without decreasing the quality of the products you purchase at your local liquor store, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Monday, April 13, $39.</p> <p>In <strong>Groupon</strong>, the seminar will teach you to navigate sites like Groupon, Living Social and Restaurant.com to find deals, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, $39.</p> <p>For more information or to register, call (609) 343-5655, or visit <a href="../../conted">www.atlantic.edu/ce</a>.</p> http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2137 <p><strong></strong>Atlantic Cape Community College&rsquo;s Club 50 Plus will offer workshops this spring designed to enhance the personal, professional and social lives of older learners.</p> <p>Discover the art of Japanese paper folding in <strong>Origami: Unfolding the Secret</strong>, 10-11:30 a.m., six Wednesdays beginning April 8.</p> <p><strong>Introduction to the Personal Computer for Seniors</strong> will guide you through the basics, 9-11:30 a.m., four Fridays beginning April 10.</p> <p>Learn new movement skills to improve balance, coordination and relaxation in <strong>Chair Yoga</strong>, 10-11 a.m., six Saturdays beginning April 11.</p> <p><strong>Spirits and Prohibition</strong> explores the world of spirits, where they originate and the influence of Prohibition on this area, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Monday, April 27. Free for Club 50 Plus members.</p> <p>In <strong>Exploring the World via the Internet for Seniors</strong>, you can learn about this huge collection of networks and how to research, email and shop online, 9 a.m.-noon, two Fridays, May 8 and 15.</p> <p>Learn how to move digital images from your camera, edit and resize them in <strong>Manage, Edit &amp; Email Your Photographs</strong>, 9 a.m.-noon, Friday, May 29.</p> <p>Have fun while gaining tips on how to relax your mind and body in <strong>Techniques for De-Stressing the Mind and Body</strong>, 10-11 a.m., six Saturdays beginning May 30.</p> <p>Explore the functionality of your iPad by going through its various features in <strong>iPad Basics</strong>, 9:30-12:30 p.m., Monday, June 1.</p> <p>Join Club 50 Plus for $5 and get a 20 percent discount on future Club 50 Plus workshops, culinary and professional development classes through June 30. Mention code: CEGN001-MW01.</p> <p>Club 50 Plus workshops will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Building T. For workshop prices or to register, call (609) 343-5655 or visit <a href="../../ce">atlantic.edu/ce</a>.</p> Online Training Available for Busy Professionals http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2136 <p><strong></strong>Upgrade your current skills and develop new talents in the comfort of your own home by enrolling in online training courses through Atlantic Cape Community College&rsquo;s Continuing Education division.</p> <p>Hundreds of courses are available in topics ranging from Business, Grant Writing/Nonprofits, Health Care, Career Development, Personal Enrichment, Teaching, Web Programming and more.</p> <p>Courses range from Secrets of the Caterer to Marketing Your Nonprofit and Become a Veterinary Assistant, which are just a small sampling of the diverse array available online through Atlantic Cape, in partnership with Education to Go. Learn more at <a title="www.ed2go.com/accc" href="http://www.ed2go.com/accc">www.ed2go.com/accc</a>.</p> <p>Classes start at $99. All students need to get started is Internet access, an email address and Web browser. Each course begins every six weeks and consists of 12 lessons, interactive quizzes, assignments, tutorials and online discussion areas.</p> <p>For more information, call (609) 343-5655, or visit <a href="www,atlantic.edu/ce">www.atlantic.edu/ce</a>.</p> Last Chance to Win up to $15,000 in Prizes In Restaurant Gala 50/50 Raffle http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2135 <p>This is the last week to buy tickets for the 2015 Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala 50/50 Raffle. Three lucky winners will share up to $15,000 in the raffle, which is sponsored by the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation. Proceeds benefit student scholarships and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations.</p> <p>Only 300 tickets will be sold at $100 each. Three cash prizes will be awarded, including: $9,000, first prize; $4,500, second prize; and $1,500, third prize. Dollar amounts are based on all 300 tickets being sold. The winning tickets will be drawn at the March 26 Restaurant Gala at Bally&rsquo;s Atlantic City. Winners do not need to be present to win.</p> <p>Now in its 32nd year, the Restaurant Gala has raised $3 million in student scholarships.</p> <p>To order raffle tickets, contact Alicia McMackin at (609) 343-4986 or email gala@atlantic.edu.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Last Chance to Buy Tickets For March 26 Restaurant Gala http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2134 <p>It&rsquo;s the last chance to buy tickets to the 32ndnd annual Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala. The award-winning dining extravaganza is planned for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26, at Bally&rsquo;s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino. With the theme &ldquo;Under the Sea,&rdquo; the Gala will feature coastal d&eacute;cor and a decadent feast.</p> <p>The annual event celebrates food with hors d&rsquo;oeuvres prepared by students at the Academy of Culinary Arts and the house specialties of 33 of the area&rsquo;s best restaurants at a progressive dining experience. A dessert extravaganza, co-organized by Chef Deborah Pellegrino of Caesars Entertainment and Chef Michael D&rsquo;Angelo of the Academy of Culinary Arts, will complete the evening&rsquo;s festivities, including tiered cakes, chocolate stations and petit fours, to name a few.</p> <p>Each year hundreds of guests attend the Gala, which also features several genres of live music, including Don&rsquo;t Call Me Francis, The FM Band and Lenny Mitchell.</p> <p>The event has raised $3 million for scholarships since 1984. All Gala proceeds benefit student scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations.</p> <p>Tickets are $225 each. To order tickets, contact Alicia McMackin at (609) 343-4986, email gala@atlantic.edu or visit <a href="../../gala">www.atlantic.edu/gala</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Nominations for Atlantic Cape Distinguished Alumni Award Due April 10 http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2133 <p><strong></strong>Atlantic Cape Community College&rsquo;s Alumni Association Advisory Committee is accepting nominations for the <em>Atlantic Cape Community College President&rsquo;s Distinguished Alumni Award</em>. The award recognizes Atlantic Cape graduates who have distinguished themselves through professional, personal, public or community-based accomplishments.</p> <p>This prestigious award demonstrates Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s dedication to strengthening its alumni relations. Visit <a href="../../alumni">http://atlantic.edu/alumni/</a> to nominate an Atlantic Cape graduate for this honor by Friday, April 10. Nominations received after the deadline will be considered with next year&rsquo;s group of nominees.</p> <p>A panel of Atlantic Cape alumni will review the applications and make a recommendation to Dr. Peter L. Mora, president. The recipient will be announced and recognized at graduation, Thursday, May 21.</p> <p>Past award recipients include: Thomas Innocente, former assistant professor at Atlantic Cape; Dr. Valerie Travis-Reese, practicing psychologist; Katherine M. Morris, Esq., partner, Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law; Michael R. Rann, Esq., Michael R. Rann Law Offices, LLC; and Janice DeCicco Fipp, Ed.D., former superintendent, Northfield School District.</p> Culture Collective, Atlantic Cape Present 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf' http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2132 <p>Culture Collective and Atlantic Cape Community College will celebrate Women&rsquo;s History Month March 27, with a performance of <em>For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf</em>, an award-winning play that travels through the journey of love and discovery.</p> <p>A powerful work called a &ldquo;choreopoem,&rdquo; <em>For Colored Girls</em> is a series of 20 poems by Ntozake Shange that tell stories of complications and sorrows, as well as joy and hope. The production includes music and dance and presents the audience with a personal view of the decisions, loves and dreams while combatting issues with race, gender and identity.</p> <p>The local performance is directed by Atlantic City native Travis Love, who is known for theater works such as <em>The Vagina Monolgues</em>, <em>Nina in Motion</em> and other community theater projects.</p> <p>The March 27 show begins at 7 p.m. in the Walter Edge Theater at Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. Tickets are $15 general admission and $5 for students with a valid ID.</p> <p>For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Culture Collective at (609) 318-4904 or cuturecollectiveac@gmail.com. Vendors can email culturecollectiveac@gmail.com, Attn: Christina Noble.</p> http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2131 <p>Atlantic Cape Community College is holding an art display in recognition of Women&rsquo;s History Month at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.</p> <p>The work of several local female artists is on display in the first floor caf&eacute; through March 31. &ldquo;Women of the Arts and the Second Letter Stringing Bee&rdquo; features paintings and drawings, as well as letter correspondence from artists Cheryl Crews and Barbara Maxwell, who have been writing one another since 2011 and sharing their personal and artist experiences.</p> <p>A Meet-the-Artist reception will be held 2-5 p.m., Monday, March 30, in the cafeteria. Artists and students will share stories, poems and songs. Light refreshments will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.</p> <p>All are welcome to attend this educational and entertaining event, sponsored by the Cape May County Campus Student Services and Student Government Association.</p> <p>For more information, contact Tammy DeFranco, director of student services and Cape May County Campus management, at (609) 463-8113 or tadefran@atlantic.edu.</p> http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2130 <p>&frac34; The 2015 &ldquo;Taste of the Gala&rdquo; cooking demonstration and tasting featured 2015 Restaurant Gala culinary honoree and &ldquo;Food Network Star&rdquo; finalist Nicole Gaffney of Brigantine, preparing her signature dish,&nbsp;&ldquo;Seared Scallops with Romesco and Crispy Prosciutto.&rdquo; Academy of Culinary Arts student Sean Connors of Cape May, assisted in presenting the dish to over 60 attendants at the Taste, Tuesday, March 10, at Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s Academy of Culinary Arts in Mays Landing.</p> <p>After the demonstration, guests enjoyed hors d&rsquo;oeuvres prepared by ACA students, in anticipation of the 2015 Restaurant Gala.</p> <p>The Gala has raised $3 million since 1984, with proceeds benefiting student scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations.</p> <p>Tickets to the March 26 Restaurant Gala at Bally&rsquo;s Atlantic City are $225 per person and can be ordered by contacting Alicia McMackin at (609) 343-4986, emailing gala@atlantic.edu or visiting <a href="../../gala">www.atlantic.edu/gala</a>.</p> <p><strong>RELATED NEWS:</strong></p> <p><a href="../../about/news/article.php?article=2124">32nd Annual Restaurant Gala To Showcase Region&rsquo;s Top Restaurants Including Guy Fieri&rsquo;s Chophouse and Gordon Ramsay&rsquo;s Pub and Grill</a></p> <p><a href="../../about/news/article.php?article=2114">Tickets On Sale for 32nd Annual Restaurant Gala</a></p> <p><a href="../../about/news/article.php?article=2111">32nd Annual Restaurant Gala Honors Atlantic City Mayor and &lsquo;Food Network Star&rsquo; Finalist</a></p> <p><a href="../../about/news/article.php?article=2109">Tickets Available for March 10 &lsquo;Taste of the Gala&rsquo;</a></p> <p><a href="../../about/news/article.php?article=2101">Tickets on Sale for the &lsquo;Under the Sea&rsquo; Restaurant Gala March 26</a></p> <p><a href="../../about/news/article.php?article=2091">Gala 50/50 Raffle to Benefit Atlantic Cape Scholarships; Chance to Win up to $15,000 in Prizes</a></p> <p><a href="../../about/news/article.php?article=2072">Tickets on Sale for the March 26 &lsquo;Under the Sea&rsquo; Restaurant Gala</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Atlantic Cape Nursing and Health Career Programs Information Sessions Scheduled http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2126 <p>Atlantic Cape Community College will host information sessions this spring for those interested in learning more about careers in health care and nursing.</p> <p>The college will hold a Nursing Program Info Session, 6-7 p.m., Monday, March 30, in the Walter Edge Theater, C-building, at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.</p> <p>For those interested in reviewing regional training and career options, exploring employment and educations opportunities and information about entry-level positions through advanced technical training and degree options, the following Health Career Planning Sessions will take place: 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, and Wednesday, April 29, in Cafeteria B of the Mays Landing Campus; and 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, April 20, in room 113 of the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. Students interested in Respiratory Therapy, Radiologic Technology, Biomedical Science, Health Services and Nursing are encouraged to attend.</p> <p>Attendees are advised to arrive 15 minutes in advance to sign in and collect handout literature. The sessions are free and open to the public.</p> <p>For more information, contact Glenda Stogel at (609) 343-5048, (609) 463-4774, ext. 5048, stogel@atlantic.edu or visit <a href="../../program/academic/nursing/upcomingSessions.htm">http://www.atlantic.edu/program/academic/nursing/upcomingSessions.htm</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> CMCC Blood Drive Planned for March 25 http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2125 <p>Atlantic Cape Community College will sponsor an American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, in Room 113 at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. The drive is open to the public and walk-ins are welcome.</p> <p>To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or visit <a href="http://www.redcrossblood.org">www.redcrossblood.org</a> to schedule one online.</p> <p>Those interested in giving blood should eat, and drink plenty of water prior to their donation, as well as have a photo I.D. with them.</p> <p>For additional information, contact Lisa Apel-Gendron at (609) 463-3619 or <a href="mailto:lapelgen@atlantic.edu">lapelgen@atlantic.edu</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2124 <p>The Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala&rsquo;s 32nd annual dining extravaganza will feature original dishes from some of the region&rsquo;s best restaurants. With the theme &ldquo;Under the Sea,&rdquo; the 2015 Gala will feature a coastal atmosphere and delectable dishes and desserts from a variety of restaurants at the March 26 event at Bally&rsquo;s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino.</p> <p>The annual event celebrates food with mouth-watering hors d&rsquo;oeuvres prepared by students at the Academy of Culinary Arts and the house specialties of area restaurants served at a progressive dining experience. An elegant dessert reception, co-headed by Executive Pastry Chef Deb Pellegrino of Caesars Entertainment and Chef Michael D&rsquo;Angelo of the Academy of Culinary Arts, will complete the night.</p> <p>Participating restaurants include: Annata Wine Bar, Assaggio, Buddakan Atlantic City, Capriccio, Chart House, The Continental, Dock&rsquo;s Oyster House, The Ebbitt Room, Fin, Gordon Ramsay&rsquo;s Pub and Grill, Guy Fieri&rsquo;s Chophouse, Grotto, Il Mulino New York, Il Verdi, Kelsey&rsquo;s, Knife and Fork Inn, Lillie&rsquo;s Asian Cuisine, Martorano&rsquo;s, Mama Mia&rsquo;s Ristorante &amp; Catering, Morton&rsquo;s Steakhouse, Nero&rsquo;s, The Princeton and Roberta&rsquo;s.</p> <p>Also featured are: Scannicchio&rsquo;s, Sheraton Atlantic City, The Smithville Inn, Sofia, Steve &amp; Cookie&rsquo;s by the Bay, The Washington Inn, Vic and Anthony&rsquo;s Steakhouse, and Yacht Club of Stone Harbor.</p> <p>The Gala has raised $3 million since 1984 for scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations. The Gala begins at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26. Tickets are $225 per person. For tickets, visit <a href="../../gala">www.atlantic.edu/gala</a> or contact Alicia McMackin at (609) 343-4986 or gala@atlantic.edu.<a href="mailto:cleahy@atlantic.edu"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>