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Restaurant Gala Mission

Gala Reception 2022The Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala was established in 1984 to raise scholarship funds for students in the state’s largest culinary school, the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College. The Academy opened in 1981 to prepare highly skilled workers for the growing regional hospitality industry and has graduated over 4,000 students. All proceeds go to the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charity organization, and support scholarships for ACA students and Foundation operations.

Party with a purpose! Since its inception, the Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala has raised well over $3.8 million for student scholarships.  Your participation and support enables the Atlantic Cape Foundation to continue to support worthy culinary arts students and Foundation operations.  Thank you for your support!

For more information about the Restaurant Gala, please contact Kristin Jackson at or (609) 463-3621.

2022 Restaurant Gala: A Culinary Immersion Experience


  • Cheryl Pivola -1st VP Foundation Board and Village ShopRite
  • Terry Budd, Alumna - Retired, Atlantic Cape Community College and Foundation Board member


  • Charles Bernier - Harrah's Resort Atlantic City
  • Fran Coppola - Historic Towne of Smithville
  • Greg Koshland - Caesars Entertainment
  • Janet Markowitz - Chester's Plant and Flowers
  • Chef Joseph Massaglia - Mama Mia's Ristorante
  • Christopher Mularz - Atlantic County Department of Planning and Development
  • Roman P. Osadchuk - RPO Realtors
  • Ahmet Sahingoz - Alumnus
  • John "Scannicchio" Varalli - Scannicchio's Restaurant
  • Sybil Victor - Atlantic City Fire Department
  • Kailin Wise - Ocean Casino Resort


  • Laura Batchelor - Executive Director, Marketing & College Relations
  • Nicole Thompson - Advertising & Marketing Manager
  • Erin Mercer - Social Media/Public Relations Manager
  • Deena Happersett - Graphic Designer
  • Victor Moreno - Senior Manager, Campus Operations and Community Outreach
  • Claire Sylvester - Public Relations Manager and Copywriter
  • Ed Yesko - Webmaster


  • Dr. Barbara Gaba - Atlantic Cape Community College President
  • James Rutala - President, Atlantic Cape Foundation
  • Jean McAlister - Executive Director, Atlantic Cape Foundation
  • Chef Tim O’Donnell – Director, ACA and Hospitality
  • Maria Kellett - Associate Director, Atlantic Cape Foundation
  • Mariann Sozio - Associate Director, Atlantic Cape Foundation
ACA Student Group
Gala Stilt Walker
ACA Students and Faculty