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Atlantic City Philanthropists Gary Hill and John Schultz Host Event to Support Atlantic Cape's Capital & Scholarship Campaign

February 2, 2012

More than 150 guests gathered at Casa Del Cielo, home of Atlantic City philanthropists Gary Hill and John Schultz, on Jan. 26, to experience Atlantic Cape Community College’s Panorama of Possibilities. The event was the latest in a series of activities for “Create Opportunity: The Capital & Scholarship Campaign for Atlantic Cape Community College,” sponsored by the Atlantic Cape Foundation and the college.

To date, Atlantic Cape and the Foundation have raised nearly $1.8 million of the $2.5 million goal in the college’s first capital campaign. Atlantic Cape’s Capital & Scholarship Campaign began in September 2009 and is expected to conclude in March 2013. The campaign offers investors recognition opportunities, and invites donors to support Atlantic Cape students through the creation of scholarship programs.

The Panorama of Possibilities event showcased a variety of core programs and new initiatives at Atlantic Cape. Guests were treated to gourmet delicacies prepared by Academy of Culinary Arts students, a dramatic performance by the college’s Performing Arts Club and speeches by Atlantic Cape students and alumni, who discussed their experiences at Atlantic Cape and how receiving support from college-based financial assistance programs made achieving their higher education goals a reality.

The event was coordinated by a committee of volunteers, including: Douglas Heun of Linwood, a member of the Create Opportunity Campaign cabinet and event committee chair; Gary Hill and John Schultz of Atlantic City; Chef Kelly McClay, dean of the Academy of Culinary Arts; Douglas Fraser of Marmora, Atlantic County chair for the Create Opportunity Capital & Scholarship Campaign; Diane T. McKoy, CPA, of Mays Landing, president of the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation; Dr. Peter Mora of Palermo, president of Atlantic Cape Community College; Dr. Pat Gentile of Egg Harbor Township, dean of continuing education, resource development and Cape May County Campus operations; and Maria Kellett of Wildwood, director of major gifts. 

To learn more about Atlantic Cape’s Capital & Scholarship Campaign and other investment opportunities, contact Maria Kellett, director of major gifts, at (609) 463-3670 or mkellett@atlantic.edu, or visit www.atlantic.edu/create-opportunity.

Atlantic Cape established the Foundation in 1978 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity to build a broad base of financial support for its programs and services. Foundation members are drawn from local industry and small businesses and represent a broad cross-section of active leaders in the community. The Foundation has raised more than $5 million for scholarships, Foundation operations and to enhance academic programs and the campus environment. Annually, the Foundation provides more than $270,000 for institutional scholarships, grants and emergency help.