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Welcome! I am pleased to welcome you to the 2014 Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala, “The Greatest Gala on Earth!” This annual event is the region’s premier fundraising event, and is celebrating its 31st anniversary this evening. Since its inception, the Gala has raised nearly $3 million for scholarships at Atlantic Cape Community College and its Academy of Culinary Arts. As the community’s college, Atlantic Cape is committed to excellence.That commitment extends to my shared vision for the college of fulfilling our mission by focusing on one main goal — fostering student learning.This goal is achieved through three main strategies: expanding access to our college, enhancing our learning environment, and providing superior programs and services. I commend you, as donors, for your generosity and thank you for your ongoing support of our vision that “Opportunity Starts Here.” Indeed, your continued generosity will make an education more affordable and provide opportunity for our students well into the future. The Atlantic Cape Foundation Board demonstrates its continued commitment to our students and this special event serves as the cornerstone of that effort. Dr. Peter L. Mora


Welcome Friends and Supporters: On behalf of the volunteer Restaurant Gala Steering Committee, the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation and the Academy of Culinary Arts, we welcome you to the 31st Annual Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala and hope you will enjoy The Greatest Gala on Earth! To all of our generous sponsors, thank you for your support and commitment to educating our future leaders in the culinary industry. Your contributions to this event afford culinary students the opportunity to continue their education, which will someday allow them to make their mark in the restaurant industry. Along with our appreciation for your support, we hope you bask in the ambiance of our vintage carnival theme and celebrate food and friends.To those who participated in the 50/50 raffle, may luck be with you. With sincere appreciation to all,

Justine A. Coyle Fran Coppola Co-Chairs, Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala Committee

Atlantic Cape Foundation Board

Harrison Furman, Alumni Representative Trustee Liaison Louis H. Altobelli Nirmala Basavanand, M.D. Karen Brundage-Johnson Linda Bucci Matthew Buesing Justine A. Coyle

Diane Donio John Franchini, Esq. Joseph Giunta Sandra Harmon-Weiss, M.D. Gregory M. Matuson Kimberly McCarron William J. McMahon, III Will Morey Robert E. Mullock Roger R. Mussa Roman P. Osadchuk Charles E. Pessagno Timothy Rundall James M. Rutala Cheryl A. Wachter Meg Worthington

Honorary Members


James Cooper, Esq., President Emeritus Yvonne Bonitto-Doggett Matthew D. Moeller Ruth G. Tunnell

Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape President

Diane T. McKoy, CPA, President Nicholas Cashan, III, Vice President Kenneth J. Calemmo, Jr., Vice President Vicki T. Clark, Vice President Dennis L. Stacy, CFP, Treasurer Stephen R. Nehmad, Esq., Secretary Maria Mento, Trustee Liaison Chair Dr. Richard Stepura, Trustee Liaison Thomas Dowd,Trustee Liaison

Sean Fischer, Executive Director Maria Kellett, Associate Director

Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees David A. Evans, Chairperson Maria Ivette Torres, Vice Chairperson Maria Mento, Treasurer Dave Coskey Thomas Dowd Harrison Furman, Alumni Representative James B. Kennedy, Esq. Brian G. Lefke Mary B. Long

Andrew W. Melchiorre Thomas E. Milhous Donald Parker Dr. Richard Stepura Helen W. Walsh Ex-Officio Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape President

2014 Restaurant Gala Committee Justine A. Coyle, Co-Chair, Gala Steering Committee

Chef Joseph Massaglia Mama Mia’s Ristorante & Catering

Vice President,TD Bank

Jean McAlister

Fran Coppola, Co-Chair, Gala Steering Committee

Associate Dean, Continuing Education Operations

Chef Educator Tree McCann

Historic Towne of Smithville

Academy of Culinary Arts

Ed Blake

Kimberly McCarron

Blake & Associates Employment Systems

SOSH Architects

Karen Brundage-Johnson

William J. McMahon, III

The Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa

McMahon Agency

Dave Coombs

Roger Mussa

Standard Printing & Marketing

Eisenberg-Mussa Wealth Management

John J. Franchini, Esq.

Roman P. Osadchuk

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

RPO Realtors

Harrison Furman

Chef Deborah Pellegrino

Alumni Representative

Caesars Entertainment

Carmen Genaro

Jim Rutala

Allied Beverage/Boardwalk Belle

Rutala Associates, LLC

Elizabeth Hall

John “Scannicchio” Varalli

Chef Bruce R. Johns

Scannicchio’s & Scannicchio’s II

Academy of Culinary Arts

Sybil Victor

Greg Koshland

Atlantic City Fire Department

Community Representative

Rita Wade

Ted Lippman

TD Bank

Fedway Associates

Ex-Officio Dr. Peter L. Mora President, Atlantic Community College

Sean Fischer Executive Director, Atlantic Cape Foundation

Maria Kellett Associate Director, Atlantic Cape Foundation

Gala Sponsors

Volunteers Students of the Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Educators of the Academy of Culinary Arts

Cherisse Abdullah Daymis Alicea Dino Aranthoulis Leslie Atherholt John Atsu-Swanzy Jennie Ayres Taylor Bailey Torrina Bennett-Michael Alison Blizzard Heather Boone William Briddell Karen Brundage-Johnson Terry Budd Carmen Cabrera Dave Capelli

Vonnie Clark Dave Coombs Rebecca Cruz Eileen Curristine Tammy DeFranco Danielle Devlin Darin Dorzan Zachary Downey Taylor Evans Max Fineran Lauren Fonseca Darren Fonesca Mario Giordano Karl Giulian Jane Guerrier

Lenora Hampton Patricia Heller Kristina Homan Samantha Howley Lynette Ingram Ben Johnson Dr. Josette Katz Michael Kernan Renee Knight Phil Krula Patrice Leatherberry Duane Leatherberry Nicholas LaRotonda Jennifer Martucci Jaime Masso

Katie McCabe Jean McAlister Donna McElroy Richard Mead Lorna Monk Lizbeth Montoya Phuong Nguyen Jennifer Ottaviano Kay Pandit Jahil Patel Brittine Pratt Doreen Prinzo George Rementer Rich Russell Christy Simpson

Derek Smith Mariann Sozio Ellen Splaver Vita Stovall Alejandra Sulpizio Gracellen Thorstensen Christopher Tomasello Madelyn Torres Hannah Truitt Manuel Vasquez Donna Vassallo Dennis Volpe JoAnn Volpe Bojan Zilovic Kate Zilovic


Honorary Chair Anthony Catanoso & Steel Pier Associates Anthony Catanoso, president of Steel Pier Associates, and the Catanoso Family own and operate the World Famous Steel Pier in Atlantic City. The Catanosos are leading a five-year, $100 million renovation of the Pier, which will be an integral part of Atlantic City’s resurgence.

Academy of C ulinary Arts Honoree Peter Slavin Peter Slavin, a 1984 graduate of the Academy of Culinary Arts, is an ice sculptor and co-owner of Fear No Ice, which provides unforgettable entertainment as the only performance ice sculpting company in the world. He has competed and won several international sculpting competitions and represented the Unites States at Winter Olympics hosted in Lillehammer, Norway; Nagano, Japan; and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Donations Allied/Boardwalk Belle The Bake Works Bally’s Atlantic City Bellezza Salon Bernie Robbins Jewelers Caesars Foundation The Candle & Sweet Shoppes of Historic Smithville Diamond Limousines Fairleigh Dickinson University Fedway Associates Formica Bakery Gallo Wines Gerad’s Florist & Decorators Hamilton Mall Johnson’s Popcorn MW Tux Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Friends of the Gala Effie Russell Fulton Bank Tiffany & Co. Dr. Peter Mora & Dr.Theresa DeFranco Dr. Art Wexler & Angela Wexler Andre Richburg Dr. Richard Perniciaro

Dr. Mitchell Levy & Marcy Levy Sean & Irena Fischer Maria Kellett Eileen Curristine Brittine Pratt Prepcheck, Inc. Matt Daley

31st Annual Restaurant Gala Participating Restaurants Amada

Mussel Bar

American Cut

Nero’s Tuscan Steakhouse at Caesars

Annata Wine Bar Arturo’s Azure by Allegretti Buddakan Atlantic City Chart House

The Princeton Ram’s Head Inn Renault Winery Resort The Reserve at Bally’s


Resorts Hotel & Casino, Eastwind Chinese Restaurant Robert’s Steakhouse

Dos Caminos


The Ebbitt Room

Scarduzio’s at Showboat

Foundation Room

Sheraton Atlantic City

Girasole Ristorante & Lounge

The Smithville Inn



Il Mulino New York

Steve & Cookie’s by the Bay


Tropicana Casino Resort, Fin

Kwi Noodle Bar

Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse

Lillie’s Asian Cuisine

Village Whiskey

Lugo Italian

Yacht Club of Stone Harbor

The Continental

Luke Palladino at Harrah’s Mama Mia’s Ristorante & Catering

Dessert Extravaganza Executive Pastry Chef Deb Pellegrino Caesars Entertainment and Chef Educator Tree McCann Academy of Culinary Arts

Academy of Culinary Arts Baked Pastry Shop Bally’s Atlantic City Blue Dolfin Sweets Caesars Atlantic City Harrah’s Atlantic City Kelly’s Bake Shoppe Resorts Casino Hotel Samian Sales Showboat Atlantic City Tropicana Casino Resort Trump Entertainment Resorts Trump Taj Mahal

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